4 January 2019: Lead battery recycler Gopher Resource, based in Minnesota, US, announced two changes at the top tier on January 3 with the appointment of Brian Leen (pictured) as president and CEO and Eric Robinson as chief operating officer.
Leen replaces Jeffery Jacobsen, who is retiring but remains on the board, and Robinson joins in the newly created position of COO and senior vice president.
Both men, who are on the Gopher Resource board, have moved from ADA Carbon Solutions, a carbon product provider which is owned by the same parent company that owns Gopher Resource – Energy Capital Partners.
Leen said: “The lead battery industry is in a time of great change and innovation. Battery manufacturers are working to enhance battery performance and protect the environment. Gopher Resource plays an incredibly important role ensuring that the end of life for these batteries is managed in a safe, clean and environmentally responsible way, while providing customers with the reliability, innovation and service that they need.”
“Brian is the right person to lead us during this very dynamic time in our industry,” said Jacobsen. “We’re confident that his leadership style and knowledge of the energy industry, along with Eric’s operational expertise, will take Gopher Resource to the next level of excellence. We will continue to honour our long-standing commitment to providing customers with the best experience in our industry, through safe and environmentally focused recycling.”
Gopher Resource has facilities in Eagan, Minnesota and Tampa, Florida. It has recycled lead batteries for 70 years.