2021 GA Meeting May 12th, 14:00-15:30



The 2020 GA meeting which normally takes place in May was postponed to November 4th due to the global pandemic. The November 4th meeting which was virtual saw 20 attendees and lasted an hour as most of the GA mandated task/decisions were addressed by way of votes prior to the meeting. Chaired by Interim Chairman Dr Bernd Friede, the meeting though brief was effective with some key decisions taken as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Executive team was endorsed with the 2nd Vice-Chairman becoming the Chairman and Secretary General maintained to ensure continuity
  • Non-EU letter of Access Fees: Letter of Access fees and administration fees for non-EU REACH-Like regulations per substance, per legal entity for non-MARA members was established
  • Members involvement in Non-EU regulations: MARA members wishing to register substances in non-EU REACH-like regulations will only pay administration fees as they own the data generated by MARA
  • Technical update: Three dossiers updated this year lead to a new classification for manganese based UVCB’s
  • 2020 Workplan and budget were ratified in Q1, 2020 via round robin votes.
Executive Committee

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. Welcome to the new team.

Chairman : Patrick Sacco

Email: PatrickSacco@assore.com

Web: https://www.assore.com/


Patrick who has been the 2nd Vice -Chairman for MARA over the past 2 years is maintained within the executive team to ensure continuity.

Deputy CEO and Group Marketing Director of Assore

Patrick Sacco joined the Assore group in 2002 after his master's degree at the University of Colorado (USA). He was appointed a director of Ore & Metal, the selling and marketing agent for all Assmang's products, in 2007, and is currently its Chairman as well as the Group Marketing director for Assore Ltd. In addition, from 1st January 2019, Patrick was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Assore limited. Patrick was appointed as a director of Assmang in 2008 and Assore in 2016,


1st Vice 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.

2nd 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.


Secretary General: Dr Doreen McGough

Email: reach@manganese.org

Web: http://consortium.manganese.org/


Dr McGough has been Secretary General of the Mn-Consortium since 1 July 2017.

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. Along with her work at the IMnI she has also been working for MARA on lease as its main technical advisor.

Before joining the IMnl Dr McGough worked as a regulatory affairs specialist at Safepharm 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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