Dan Cordier, Former USGS Rare Earths Specialist, Joins Molycorp as Manager of Exploration

April 24, 2012 — The U.S. Geological Survey’s rare earth specialist, Daniel Cordier, has joined Molycorp, Inc., as Manager of Exploration, the Company announced.
Dan will be responsible for managing Molycorp’s rare earths exploration team and will report to Brock O’Kelley, Molycorp Vice President and Technology Fellow.


“Dan brings a wealth of rare earth geology and exploration experience, from both the private and public sectors.  He will play an important role in Molycorp’s ongoing global rare earth exploration strategy,” said Mark A. Smith, Molycorp’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

At the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Dan was a Rare Earths Minerals Information Commodity Specialist (GS-13), where he monitored and collected commodity information and statistical data for factual and interpretive reports published for the U.S. government and the private sector. Dan served as the USGS representative on the White House’s Interagency Task Force on Critical Materials.  In 2011, he was recognized for his “exceptional contributions to the National Minerals Information Center (NMIC)” at the USGS, for which he received a Superior Service Award from USGS Director Marcia McNutt.

Dan began his mineral exploration career in the private sector as a Geology Supervisor at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. He then served as Principal Geologist at Iluka Resources Limited in Jacksonville, Florida for five years. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Q22 Incorporated shortly before joining the U.S. Geological Survey at the USGS National Center in Reston, Virginia.

Dan received a B.S. in Geology and Zoology, as well as a M.S. in Geology, from the University of Florida.

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