Iris Jancik IBAT CEO
Iris Jancik, IBAT CEO (Source: International Battery Metals)

Houston-based International Battery Metals (IBAT) has named Iris Jancik as CEO, effective in mid-August.

Jancik, who will succeed Garry Flowers, previously served as CEO of IDE Americas, a subsidiary of IDE Technologies, a global desalination and water treatment solutions company.

 She will join IBAT as the company works to build out its modular direct lithium extraction operations globally, having recently installed its first commercial lithium production plant at a U.S. Magnesium site in Utah.

“IBAT’s proprietary commercialized DLE technology is proven, ready to push-start a U.S. lithium industry, and revolutionize global production, making this a prime time to join the organization,” Jancik said. “Burgeoning battery demand requires a wholesale change in how lithium is produced, and IBAT delivers the right combination of efficiency, sustainability and scalability to reach new heights.”


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Jancik, who holds an M.B.A. in international business from Texas A&M University, is an engineer with extensive global contracting and management experience, IBAT said. While at IDE, Jancik was responsible for the development and operations of major infrastructure projects, including San Diego County Water Authority’s Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California.