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Global Advanced Metals Names Jean-Paul Meutcheho as Director of Corporate Sustainability – Conflict Minerals

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Waltham, MA USA - May 16, 2013 - Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd (GAM), a leading producer of conflict-free tantalum announced that Jean-Paul Meutcheho has joined GAM in the newly created role of Director of Corporate Sustainability - Conflict Minerals. Mr. Meutcheho will develop and coordinate GAM's efforts surrounding the social responsibility of sourcing conflict minerals. His focus will include managing the associated procurement and audit requirements as well as establishing policies and procedures related to conflict-free tantalum raw material sourcing within GAM.


Mr. Meutcheho has an extensive background in supply chain management, as well as more than ten years of experience in commodities management from the Ford Motor Company. During his time at Ford Motor Company, Mr. Meutcheho led corporate initiatives to develop a sustainable supply chain for conflict minerals and to comply with related U.S. legislation. He also served as the chairperson of the conflict minerals workgroup at the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).


"Jean-Paul's strong expertise and proven track record in sustainable supply chain management will be an important asset to GAM as we continue our work as a leader in the production of conflict-free tantalum." said Stephen Krause, President of Global Advanced Metals Technology Division. "This is a strategic hire that emphasizes our commitment to upholding the highest industry standards in responsible and sustainable sourcing and procurement."


"GAM has a strong reputation as an industry leader in sustainable sourcing and I am pleased to be a part of a team that is deeply committed to corporate responsibility and upholding stringent industry standards," said Mr. Meutcheho. "I look forward to playing an integral role as GAM continues to be at the forefront of these important industry issues."


The United Nations and other government agencies and NGOs have drawn clear links between the illicit trade of conflict minerals and the ongoing conflict and extreme violence in the DRC. GAM exclusively sources "conflict free" tantalum raw material throughout the world for its smelting and processing operations.


About Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd

Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd owns the world's largest known resource of tantalum ore in its Western Australian mines, is actively engaged in exploration and resource development throughout the world, and processes tantalum ore into powder and metallurgical products at its U.S. and Japan based facilities. GAM is a global leader in the production, development and sustainable supply of tantalum to a range of industries including electronics, aerospace, medical and chemical processing. GAM facilities were officially declared "Conflict Free" in 2010 under the newly formed EICC/GeSI Conflict Free Smelter audit process, and continue to maintain that status today.

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