Steve Cotton has extensive background in building, deploying, managing and decommissioning lead-acid batteries. Prior to his current position with Aqua Metals, Steve spent 15 years as the cofounder and CEO of Data Power Monitoring Corporation and IntelliBatt (now Canara), a company with data center battery-monitoring products and services that he grew from his garage to a global multi-million dollar company. Canara was acquired by Columbia Capital in June 2012. He started his career in product development, business development and sales and has held positions at Sendmail, Inc., Lucent Technologies and Octel Communications. Steve holds several patents in the area of battery monitoring and has a BS in computer information systems with a focus on telecommunications from California State University, Chico.
Chief Operating Officer
Selwyn Mould is Aqua Metals' Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder. Selwyn is responsible for Aqua Metals' operations, including AquaRefinery operation, equipment manufacturing, manufacturing strategy, technology development, process development and product engineering.
Prior to Aqua Metals, Selwyn served as Chief Operating Officer of Applied Intellectual Capital, where he led manufacturing strategy, supply chain, technology development and process development. In addition, he headed the business venture that developed and commercialized an advanced lead acid battery.
Selwyn started his career in manufacturing before broadening his experience with senior roles in supply chain and operations. He began at Chloride in the UK as a production supervisor and then production manager in the Motive Power division where he learnt about the lead acid battery industry and developed a hands-on, team based approach to leadership. From here he moved into management consulting, first for Touche Ross and then for Gemini Consulting, where he led corporate turnaround and operations improvement programs across Europe and North America. Following this, Selwyn was Head of Logistics for Pilkington, the glassmaker, where he helped integrate separate European businesses into a single operation and was responsible for planning and scheduling, inventory management, distribution and customer service. From here he became Head of Supply Chain for Group Lotus plc, the sports car manufacturer and engineering consultant, where he lead the business through significant change as vehicle production was trebled and component manufacturing was outsourced to strategic suppliers.
Selwyn has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Chief Financial Officer
Merrill joined Aqua Metals in November 2018 from Klondex Mines Ltd., a Nevada based international mining company where he was Director of Finance/Accounting. Before its acquisition earlier this year by Hecla, Klondex was a $500 million dollar company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Klondex, Merrill spent five years as Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Comstock Mining Inc., a publicly traded gold company in Nevada where he was instrumental in establishing financial modeling and analytics, driving efficiencies, and negotiating with vendors to conserve funds and manage liquidity. He worked directly with bankers, lenders, investment funds and major shareholders related to the company’s fund raising and capital management activities. Merrill also worked as a controller at Fronteer Gold Inc. and as an assistant controller at Newmont Mining Corp., where he developed strong financial planning, treasury and cash management experience in the mining sector. Merrill began his career at Deloitte & Touche LLP and spent six years working in broader financial accounting, reporting and internal controls while managing corporate financial activities.
Merrill holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Central Washington University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a certified public accountant.
Vice President of Human Resources
Bradfield joins Aqua Metals from Klondex Gold & Silver Mining, where she spent two years as Director of Human Resources, directing all facets of Human Resources across the company’s four mines and three mills for well over a thousand employees. Bradfield also spent seven years with Reno start-up, HR Consultants working on the design and delivery of the entire spectrum of benefits and compensation for 700 employees, and six years at NV Energy, first as Managing Strategic Business Partner of Human Resources and then Manager, Employee and Labor Relations for over 5,000 employees. Prior to that Bradfield held the title of VP of HR for North American Operations at Firth Rixon-Viking, a manufacturing business acquired by Alcoa, where she led the implementation of their future state of HR Service delivery, including both strategic and tactical plans. Bradfield began her career as HR Manager at GD Resources, a smelting company that processes byproducts from the mining industry.