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Atlas Lithium (NASDAQ: ATLX) Announces Appointment Of Seasoned Lithium Expert Brian Talbot As Chief Operating Officer

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga

Atlas Lithium (NASDAQ: ATLX) is a little-known company that has positioned itself to take advantage of Brazil's Lithium Valley, which holds an estimated 85% of the country's lithium reserves. With a focus on sustainable mining practices, Atlas Lithium aims to develop and produce high-quality lithium concentrate to meet the increasing demand for lithium-ion batteries in industries like electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy storage systems.

To help achieve its ambitious goals, the company has announced the addition of Brian Talbot to its management as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2024. Mr. Talbot is a renowned executive in the lithium sector with over 30 years of experience in mining operations. He has a strong DMS plant development and operation track record, having worked at major lithium companies.

“When speaking with global lithium investors, Brian Talbot is a name that is clearly revered as a ticket for success. The fact that Atlas Lithium can attract such exceptional talent speaks volumes about our culture and the potential of our project. We wholeheartedly welcome Brian to our Board of Directors and to lead our development and exploration technical teams,” said Marc Fogassa, the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Mr. Talbot served as the Chief Operating Officer at Sigma Lithium Corporation (NASDAQ: SGML), overseeing the development of the Grota do Cirilo project. He also held positions at Galaxy Resources (ASX: GXY), where he significantly increased production at Mt. Cattlin and Bikita Minerals in Zimbabwe, the longest-running hard-rock lithium mine in the world. With Mr. Talbot's expertise, Atlas Lithium aims to enhance its operational capabilities and drive early revenue strategy, with anticipated first revenues and production commencing in Q4 2024.

Mr. Talbot shared, “After visiting and studying in detail Atlas Lithium’s properties, I firmly believe there is a strong alignment between my expertise in expediting hard-rock lithium projects to production and the solid foundation that the Company has already built. This opportunity allows me to further advance Atlas Lithium’s strategic direction as a member of its Board of Directors, while also fostering my professional growth as a leader in the lithium space.”

Talbot will be joining a diverse team of experienced professionals, including geology leaders with nearly 30 years of lithium exploration experience, former Galaxy Resources (ASX: GXY) executives, and the former Chairman of Allkem. Leading the company's Board is Marc Fogassa, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The company's leadership team combines global mining expertise with a deep understanding of U.S. capital markets, which should aid the company on its path to success.

As the globe races to reduce carbon emissions, EVs and renewable energy storage systems will need a steady supply of lithium to remain operational. The global lithium market size was valued at $38.2 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach $230.4 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 22.1% from 2023-2031. Although Atlas Lithium has yet to achieve widespread recognition, the company boasts a strong team of industry leaders with extensive backgrounds and expertise in their respective fields. Talbot is the latest addition to the company, and its commitment to ensuring quality leadership should help position Atlas Lithium to emerge as a major supplier of this crucial resource.

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