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Meet the Executive Committee

Every 2 - 3 years the General Assembly endorses new leadership. In accordance with MARA’s by-laws, a new executive team was voted by the GA on November 4th, 2020. This appointment saw the 2nd Vice-Chairman become the Chairman and the Secretary General maintained to ensure continuity. Meanwhile the two new vice-chairs were endorsed to bring forth new ideas that could promote growth within the organisation. 

In quarter one of this year, the MARA General Assembly voted and approved of a New Executive Board in accordance with the organisation’s constitution – meet the new Executive Board.


Chairman : Ken Bagady

Email: ken.bagady@eramet.com

Web: https://comilog.eramet.com/


Ken Bagady is the Vice President Manganese Alloys Sales at Eramet, the French multinational Mining and Metallurgy Company. Ken joined Eramet in June 2003, to work as Market Research Analyst for both Nickel and Manganese activities in North America. He moved to the headquarters in Paris in 2005 as Nickel Export Sales Manager, and then in 2010 took the head of the Group’s subsidiary in Brazil. From the end of 2014 through the middle of 2019, Ken has been heading the subsidiary of Eramet’s High Performance Alloys Division in the USA, having the responsibility over both a processing plant in NJ and a distribution center in IL.

Ken graduated from the MBA of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA as well from ICN Business School in Nancy, France.



1st Vice Chairman : Thibault Couturier

Email:  tcouturier@princecorp.com

Web: www.princecorp.com


Thibault Couturier is the Europe Sales Director for Prince Minerals with responsibilities covering a wide range of Manganese applications from Battery to Electronics and Agriculture.  Before joining the Prince group in 2017, Thibault worked for Erachem Comilog for over 5 years as the EMEA Manager.

With a double degree in Industrial International Business and Mechanical Engineering as well as over 15 years of industry experience, Thibault brings to the Executive committee aspects related to regulatory compliance vis-à-vis industry profitability.

He presently represents Prince at the European Manufacturers of Feed Minerals Association where he is the Vice-President.

Prince-Erachem is presently the Lead Registrant for over 10 substances, 6 of which are manganese-based.









2nd Vice Chairman

Jan Coetzee is presently serving as the Commercial Director at Ferroglobe, overseeing Ferrosilicon and Manganese alloys in the EMEA region.He started his professional career in 1992 as a raw material purchaser with ISCOR which at that time was a large integrated mining and steel company (later split into different entities, notably ArcelorMittal SA, Kumba Iron Ore, and Exxaro Coal). 

During his career span across the metal industry, he developed expertise in the fields of procurement, logistics & supply chain, business transformation and management. Jan is also no stranger to finance and economics, as he holds a Masters degree in Econometrics from the University of Pretoria, and additional qualifications in management and marketing, and served as Board Member on different industry associations.”










The Executive Director

Dr McGough has been the Mn-Consortium’s Executive Board secretariat and Secretary General since 1 July 2017.

Ever since, Doreen has successfully managed the challenging Evaluation aspects of REACH for multiple Mn-based substances and expanded the mandate of the Consortium beyond EU REACH the regulation.  Prior to this she was HSE Director for the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) for over 8 years. As the Institute’s chief scientist Dr McGough has published over 10 peer-reviewed articles concerning manganese, chaired several scientific working groups and presented at several high-profile conferences.

Before joining the IMnl Dr McGough worked as a regulatory affairs specialist at Safe pharm Laboratories Ltd UK, a contracted research organization.

An Anglo-Cameroonian, Dr McGough holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in environmental pollution control, and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Nottingham (UK), where she began her career as a lecturer.


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