Global mining executive Ms Rowena Smith, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of ASM, after former Managing Director, Mr David Woodall stepped down.
Ms Smith has been ASM’s Chief Operating Officer since joining the company in 2021. During this time she has led ASM’s critical minerals and rare earths Dubbo Project team, and overseen the construction and commissioning of ASM’s first high purity metals plant in Korea.
In announcing Ms Smith’s appointment, ASM Chair Mr Ian Gandel said:
“The Board is delighted to appoint Ms Smith as CEO. She has demonstrated she is a highly capable leader, with extensive experience and an impressive track record in the mining sector.”
“The Board has confidence Ms Smith’s appointment will deliver a seamless leadership transition, enabling ASM to continue to focus on delivering its mine-to-metals strategy.“
Ms Smith said she was thrilled to accept the CEO role at such a crucial time for ASM and the global critical metals industry.
I am excited to be taking up the leadership of ASM through this next phase of its development, particularly as we seek to progress our Dubbo Project and supply industry with the high-tech metals vital for a sustainable energy futureMs Rowena Smith
“This is a crucial time for our industry, and for Australia, to claim its place on the world stage with critical minerals and rare earths projects like Dubbo, which can offer quality and reliable, supply alternatives to a currently heavily monopolised and unstable global market.”
“I look forward to leading the ASM team as CEO and taking the next steps in our journey together.”
Ms Smith has almost 30 years of global mining experience in various senior roles including strategy, commercial, operations and ESG. Prior to joining ASM, Ms Smith was South32’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President Supply, leading teams across Australia, South Africa, Mozambique, Colombia and the United States.
Ms Smith has also held roles with Rio Tinto and BHP for Nickel West, including as Head of Resource Planning & Development and Projects, Manager Strategy and Acquisitions, and General Manager Kwinana Nickel Refinery.