Lithium industry vets join Li-Cycle

John Mitchell and Govind Arora have joined Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.’s board of advisors.

Mitchell and Arora will be providing management advisory services to Li-Cycle’s senior management team. The other members of the board are Yuan Gao and Ahmad Ghahreman, who have been providing technical advisory services to the company over the past several years.

“John and Govind both have impressive backgrounds and we’re looking forward to leveraging their expertise as we pursue our growth plan,” said Ajay Kochhar, co-founder, president and CEO of Li-Cycle.

“They are aligned with our vision to create a truly circular battery supply chain by utilizing our breakthrough commercial technology to transform end-of-life batteries and battery production waste into materials of great value for our customers and partners.”

John Mitchell

John Mitchell

Mitchell brings more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership roles in specialty chemicals, energy materials, utility infrastructure, and industrial gases. He is currently a partner and co-founder of Blue Horizon Advisors and Blue Horizon Capital, focused on the world’s transition to the new energy economy by supporting leading companies to scale and providing index-based investment products across the new energy economy thematic.

Previously, he served as president of lithium for the Albemarle Corporation, where he guided its lithium division. Before that Mitchell was Rockwood Lithium’s North American president; Environmental Management Corporation’s president; and, senior advisor to Linde’s business in Africa and South America.

Mitchell earned B.S. in Materials Engineering from Drexel University.

Govind Arora

Govind Arora

Arora brings more than 20 years of experience in energy materials, the automotive industry, industrial automation, and the aerospace industry. He currently serves as a partner and co-founder of Blue Horizon Advisors and Blue Horizon Capital.

Previously, he was chief commercial officer for Albemarle Corporation’s Lithium business. Previously, Arora was president of Stanley Black & Decker’s Latin American Group; CFO for Stanley Black & Decker’s Global Emerging Markets business and CFO for Honeywell’s process solutions business in Asia, based out of China.

Arora earned a B.A. in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton and his Executive MBA in International Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.