People: Molycorp Inc (MCP)
30 Jan 2015
Mr. Constantine E. Karayannopoulos is Independent Chairman of the Board of Molycorp Inc., effective December 19, 2013. He is no longer Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective December 2, 2013. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012, and has served as Vice Chairman and Director since June 2012. A professional engineer, he previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Neo Material Technologies, or Neo, from 2005 until Molycorp acquired Neo in June 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Karayannopoulos was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Neo, and also served as Vice President and General Manager of Neo's rare earths business unit and Vice-President, Sales. Before joining Neo, Mr. Karayannopoulos was a Manager of Business Development at Praxair Canada Inc., a manufacturer of industrial gases, and managed their new business acquisition efforts in Eastern Canada, as well as their commercial development activities in the Chemical, Petrochemical and Refining industries across Canada. From 1986 to 1994, he was in the Linde Division of Union Carbide Canada (now, Praxair Canada Inc.) as a Market Development Specialist, assuming successively more senior roles. Mr. Karayannopoulos is a Director of the Canada China Business Council, a Director of Lithium Americas Corp., and is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Toronto's Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He holds Bachelor and Master of Applied Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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