Our Leadership Team

Sanjiv Manchanda B.Eng MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Sanjiv became CEO of Atlas in October 2018, since then leading the company through a strategic review and formalising its multi-pillar approach to stabilising and maximising the value from its projects. Sanjiv is also Head of Project Development for Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

Sanjiv previously held the role of Project Director and subsequently Chief Operating Officer for the Roy Hill project as the operation ramped up to nameplate capacity. He was awarded Project Director of the Year 2016 by Project Management Institute (PMI).

Sanjiv has more than 34 years’ experience operating large complex developments and working with international organisations including in Korea, Japan and China. He is an electrical engineer with an MBA, has been admitted as a Fellow to the Institution of Engineers Australia, and Fellow to the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Sanjiv also holds professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Project Management Institute

Chris Els

Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Chris has held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Atlas since 2017. Chris is responsible for the financial strategy and direction of the business as well as managing a team of experts in HR, IT and Business Improvement. His advanced skills in financial restructuring, investor relations, commercial agreements and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance provide invaluable insight and guidance for the leadership team at Atlas. Chris has a broad appreciation for all that mining offers, including boosting the economy, adopting advances in technology, and being a part of an industry with increasing employment growth.

Chris has global experience in a range of industries including manufacturing, agribusiness and most recently mining. He holds an honours degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant. Chris is an associate member of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA) and a member of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA).

Jenny Woo

General Manager – Sales & Marketing

Jenny joined the Atlas leadership team as Head of Sales in July 2019 with a purview over Sales, Marketing, Bulk Freight, and Joint Ventures functions. Over the last decade, Jenny has been responsible for the Sales and Marketing of Atlas's products, forging strong relationships with customers around the globe. Since joining the business, Jenny has been integral in facilitating the sale of over 97 million metric tonnes of iron ore.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of Western Australia. She has over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Asia Pacific region, both the FMCG and mining industry. Jenny’s success in this field stems from her ability to match the needs and wants of her customer to the capability of her employers. Thinking outside the box and bridging cultural gaps are critical ingredients to her success stories.

Stacey Brown

General Manager – Projects

Joining the company in January 2019, Stacey is currently working on the delivery of the Corunna Downs project and has been overseeing all stages from pre-feasibility to site construction. Stacey employs her extensive experience in strategic development, corporate leadership and communication to navigate all the challenges that come along with delivering a new project.

Prior to joining Atlas, Stacey worked as Project Manager on the $10 billion-dollar Roy Hill Project in the Pilbara. Considering this as a highlight of her career, Stacey takes great satisfaction in being part of mining operations that create investment, jobs and wealth for Australia.

Stacey has proven herself to be an integral member of the Atlas senior leadership team and continues to seek opportunities to add value to the wider business wherever possible. She values cross-functional teams, building strong relationships with stakeholders, and has a passion for innovation and business improvement.

Chris Deans

General Manager - Integrated Planning and Technical Services

Chris is a Mining Engineer with a wealth of experience across various commodities and operations. Joining Atlas in 2012, he has held both Operational and Technical leadership positions. In his current role, Chris is responsible for Atlas' strategic mine planning, mine engineering, mine geology, hydrogeology, exploration, integrated planning and Port operations.

Chris' experience managing both operational and multidisciplinary technical teams has positioned him to add value to the business through driving systems thinking, supply chain optimisation, technical innovation and a focus on analytical and strategic approaches. Chris is passionate about building diverse, high performing technical teams that can deliver value to the business and meet future challenges.

Andrew Pickford

General Manager – External Affairs and Approvals

Andrew joined Atlas in February 2022 and was appointed to the executive team in June 2022 leading the external affairs, land access and environment, heritage and approvals functions.

He works in the areas of strategy, policy and corporate advisory across international markets. Previously he advised company directors, government ministers and senior executives. Andrew has experience in risk management, strategic planning and forecasting in the natural gas, electricity and the resource sector.

From traversing grand strategy to long-term economic trends, he has worked with distinguished strategists and experienced company directors around the world.

Stuart Johnston

CEO Hancock Energy

Over 30 years’ experience in international and Australian energy and infrastructure businesses.

Between 2017 and 2021 he was CEO of Squadron Energy an Australian company focused on exploration and development projects in the natural resources and energy sector. Prior to that between 2010 to 2017 he was CEO of DBP Transmission (DBP). DBP was the owner and operator of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline, Western Australia’s most important piece of energy infrastructure.

His role prior to joining DBP was Vice President Strategy, Portfolio & Planning with Shell Upstream International in the Hague. Overall he had a 20 year career with Shell working in Australia, the Netherlands, the USA, the UK and throughout Asia. During his career with Shell he gained experience in pipeline operations, offshore construction, LNG, energy pricing and business development.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Nottingham and a MBA from London Business School.

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