Who We Are

Simbol, Inc. began with a vision – to be the sustainable materials technology company producing the world’s highest performing lithium, manganese and zinc materials for electric vehicles, energy storage, agriculture, and other critical industrial applications. We bring sustainability and true differentiation to the materials market.

Our Story

Producing lithium and other critical materials from geothermal brines is a panacea – leveraging geothermal power production, the best source of renewable energy, with Simbol's groundbreaking technology to co-produce critical materials needed for Electric Vehicles and other important industrial applications.

At Simbol, Inc., we brought together the leading experts in geothermal and battery materials technology to create the world’s first-ever integrated process to produce critical materials by partnering with geothermal power producers in Southern California’s Imperial Valley. We apply our innovative and proprietary technology to the most prolific mineral-rich brine source in the world, resulting in a transformational method for competitively producing the highest performing materials from a secure, scalable, and sustainable resource base. With our proprietary bolt-on technology, Simbol, Inc. and the Salton Sea will yield many decades of lithium, manganese, and zinc materials securing our critical materials future.


Our Current and Future Successes

The commercialization of our technology began with a demonstration facility in 2010 and has led to the opening of the world’s highest purity lithium carbonate plant in September 2011. Simbol, Inc. is currently preparing to break ground on its first commercial lithium plant. Manganese and zinc performance battery materials production, making Simbol, Inc. the ‘one-stop’ source for critical materials used in energy storage.


Strong Leadership is a Critical Element of Our Continued Success

Our leadership team brings deep expertise in energy storage materials, geothermal technology, specialty materials synthesis and manufacturing, combined with extensive industrial experience and proven success in R&D and operations.


Leadership Team


Dr. John Burba (President and CEO)

  • Over 30 years of experience in the lithium and mineral extraction sector with skills in Strategic Planning and Opportunity Identification, Executive
  • Management, Project Management, Operations Management
  • Previously Chief Technology Officer at Molycorp Inc. where he led the technology development and EPC project to rebuild Molycorp’s Mountain Pass mine and chemical plant
  • Managed Molycorp’s $1B Capital Project
  • Prior to Molycorp, was Technology Director at FMC Lithium where he pioneered selective extraction of lithium from saturated salt brines
  • He has 48 patents and 11 publications

Takashi “Pete” Sunada (Chief Financial Officer)

  • Over 22 years of experience with ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese trading company, mainly related to the inorganic chemicals and chlor-alkali industries
  • Previously Senior Project Manager of the Chemical Projects Coordination Team managing project development and investments, particularly in the lithium-ion-battery material sector
  • Has extensive experience both in product marketing and project investments in the chemicals sector

John Ashburn (Vice President and Chief Legal Officer)

  • Over 30 years of legal experience
  • Previously Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Molycorp, Inc.
  • Before that was Senior Counsel with Chevron and Unocal Corporation

Joseph Lowry (Vice President of Sales and Marketing)

  • Over 20 years of experience in the lithium industry including more than a decade in Asia
  • Most recently served as Global Sales and Business Development Director at FMC Lithium
  • Prior positions include: Managing Director of Asia Pacific for FMC Lithium based in Shanghai
  • President of Asia Lithium based in Japan
  • President of Honjo FMC Energy Systems based in Japan
  • Marketing and Sales Director Primary Products – FMC Lithium

Stephen Harrison, Ph.D. (Chief Technology Officer)

  • Over 30 years of experience in electrochemistry, batteries, manufacturing, power and large energy storage
  • Previously VP of Technology for AIC Labs & Plurion where he was co-inventor of metals recover technology combining electrowinning, ion exchange, and Plurion large Energy Storage Battery
  • Invented the process used by Limtech, Inc. for the production of high-purity lithium carbonate
  • Co-inventor of SIMBOL’s processes for lithium, manganese and zinc extraction
  • He has 33 patents and 12 publications

Tracy Sizemore (Vice President of Business Development)

  • Over 25 years of multinational experience with various multinational chemical companies
  • Global Operational Health, Safety, Environment and Security experience
  • Strategic Planning and Business Development
  • Reporting Experience with Board of Directors, Shareholders, Lenders and External Stakeholders
  • External Financial Reporting experience (IFRS, SOX and to financial institutions)
  • Product Stewardship Management and Annual Sustainability Reporting
  • Served as Director of Corporate EHS&S for Agrium
  • Served in Property Risk Management with Phillips Petroleum and Risk Management and Remediation with ConocoPhillips

Marc Privitera (Vice President of Engineering)

  • Over 25 years of experience in chemical engineering and project management
  • Previously Research Fellow for Clorox
  • Marc was also a Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering for BioFuelBox, a biofuel start-up
  • Marc is currently a principle of PreProcess, a boutique engineering firm that focuses on large engineering and construction projects
  • Marc serves as an Industry Based Professor at San Jose State University

Jim McCown (Director of Human Resources)

 


Board Members


Takashi “Pete” Sunada / from Itochu

  • Over 22 years of experience with ITOCHU Corporation, a Japanese trading company, mainly related to the inorganic chemicals and chlor-alkali industries
  • Previously Senior Project Manager of the Chemical Projects Coordination Team managing project development and investments, particularly in the lithium-ion-battery material sector
  • Has extensive experience both in product marketing and project investments in the chemicals sector

Joshua Green / from Mohr Davidow Ventures

Dr. John Burba

  • Over 30 years of experience in the lithium and mineral extraction sector with skills in Strategic Planning and Opportunity Identification, Executive
  • Management, Project Management, Operations Management
  • Previously Chief Technology Officer at Molycorp Inc. where he led the technology development and EPC project to rebuild Molycorp’s Mountain Pass mine and chemical plant
  • Managed Molycorp’s $1B Capital Project
  • Prior to Molycorp, was Technology Director at FMC Lithium where he pioneered selective extraction of lithium from saturated salt brines
  • He has 48 patents and 11 publications

John Ashburn

  • Over 30 years of legal experience
  • Previously Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Molycorp, Inc.
  • Before that was Senior Counsel with Chevron and Unocal Corporation

 


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