Mr Yeoman joins Jervois with more than 30 years of experience in the global cobalt industry. He began his career with The Shepherd Chemical Company (“Shepherd”), a manufacturer of metal-based chemicals, including many cobalt products. Shepherd remains one of the largest consumers of cobalt in the United States. At Shepherd, he progressed through various positions in production, purchasing and sales.
Over the course of his career, Mr Yeoman also worked for global cobalt merchants Metal Resources Group and Darton Commodities, where he had responsibility for sales of cobalt metal to major consumers in the United States.
Mr Yeoman also spent 14 years in multiple roles at OM Group, Inc (“OMG”). OMG was the world’s largest cobalt refiner at the time, with more than 10,000 metric tonnes of refined cobalt output annually from the Kokkola facility in Finland. Kokkola’s production included cobalt metal powder, cobalt fine powders, cobalt oxide and other salts for use in the battery, hard metal, catalyst and other industries.
As Director of Cobalt Sourcing and Marketing at OMG, Mr Yeoman was active across the global cobalt supply chain. He was responsible for purchasing cobalt feedstocks for the Kokkola cobalt refinery, as well as cobalt metal raw materials for OMG’s carboxylate production facilities. As a member of OMG’s Cobalt Management executive team, he was involved with strategic decisions regarding refining volumes, product mix and pricing strategies.