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Executive Officers

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Executive Officers

Sami Kallioinen


Sami Kallioinen is the President and Managing Director of Freeport Cobalt. Sami has worked for the company since 1998. He started as Accounting Manager and in 2010 took the role of Controller. From 2008 to 2010 Sami was on assignment in USA, Cleveland. Sami has a Master’s Degree of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Pia Lehtonen


Pia Lehtonen is the Controller in Finance. She joined the company in 1994 working first as Purchaser. In 2003 she moved to financial department and have a strong history in different financial positions. Pia has a Master’s Degree of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Thomas Slotte


Thomas Slotte is the Director of Plant Support and Administration. Thomas has been in the company since 2007 holding first the role of Product Stewardship Manager. In 2009 he became the Director of Plant Support and Administration. Thomas has Doctor’s Degree of Philosophy and Education in Chemistry.

Juha Järvi


Juha Järvi is the Technical Director. He started as Development Manager in 1996. In 2001 Juha became Production Manager, in 2011 he held the position of Project Manager and in 2016 he took the role of Technology Director. Juha was on assignment in USA, Cleveland on 2000-2001 and in China, Shanghai from 2016 to 2018. Juha has Master’s Degree of Science in Technology.

Jeff Blazek


Jeff Blazek is the Global Business Manager for Powder Metallurgy and manages all sales and administration for both the Americas and Japan. Jeff has worked for the company since 2000. He started as the Business Manager for Asia Pacific until 2002. In 2002 to the present took various roles of Global Business Manager for Battery Materials, Copper Cathodes and Sulfate and Powder Metallurgy. Jeff has had brief assignments in Asia and Europe. Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in International Marketing.

Mike Lacis


Mike Lacis is the Global Business Manager responsible for marketing and sales of Freeport’s Cobalt Chemicals into the Chemicals, Catalysts and Ceramic Pigments industries. Mike has been employed with the Company since 1993. Before moving into the Cobalt industry, Mike held various technical and sales positions with Dow and Johnson Matthey Chemicals. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration Degree.