Meet the Leadership Team

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fowler has substantial international executive experience in the mining, fertilizer, chemical and transportation industries. Mr. Fowler served as President of Freeport…



VP of Operations and Engineering

Mr. Blake has extensive experience in international mining and mineral processing operations. Mr. Blake served as Senior Vice President of Cliffs Natural…



Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Pal has a broad background in strategic planning and corporate development for venture-backed technology companies.  Mr. Pal’s business deal experience includes…


Trainham, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. James Trainham is chief technology officer of JDC Phosphate. Before joining JDC Phosphate he was a RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International…



Vice President - Safety, Health & Environment

Upon graduation from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Mr. Vignovic began his environmental career as a permit…


Handman, P.E.

Chief Engineer

Lawrence M. Handman serves as Chief Engineer for JDC. He is also the General Manager and Owner of HTH Incorporated and is…

Board of Directors

Farouk Chaouni (Executive Chairman)

Chairman of the Agrifos group including Vulcan Phosphates, JDC’s largest investor.

Tip Fowler

Chief Executive Officer of JDC Phosphate.

Ronald Cambre

Former Chairman and CEO of Newmont Mining Corporation.

Christopher Fountas

General Partner of Arsenal Venture Partners, a multi stage venture capital firm.

Steve Paxton

Fertilizer marketing executive with 35+ years experience in the sector.

Pedro Ribeiro Santos

Executive Director at ESV, venture capital firm focused on technology based companies and innovation.

Transformational Technology

No Phosphogypsum - Valuable Co-product Instead