DeepGreen’s leadership team boasts a successful track record of pioneering and commercializing world-leading enterprises as well as delivering major resource projects.

Gerard Barron CEO and Chairman

Gerard Barron has a record of building globally focused companies in technology, media and future-oriented mining. His passion is building companies that will help us build a truly sustainable future. He has been involved in the early strategic development and financing of DeepGreen since its formation in 2011. In 2001, he made his mark in advertising and media by founding Adstream, and remained CEO of the business until December 2013. During that time Adstream grew from a single office in Sydney to over 40 offices in 30 countries around the world with over $100 million in global revenue per year. Mr. Barron has also been a first money investor in industry-leading companies, including Nautilus Minerals and Sirtex Medical. He is focusing on DeepGreen because he believes it will help supply the world with the clean metals to build the technologies needed for a sustainable future, while safe-guarding the environment and putting an end to child labour in mining.

David Heydon Deputy Chairman

David Heydon is the Founder and the original CEO of DeepGreen. Previously, he was the founding President and CEO of the Nautilus Minerals Inc. establishing it as the world’s leader in commercial deep-sea metals exploration. While at Nautilus, he attracted the backing of leading mining companies such as Placer Dome (now Barrick Gold), Teck Resources, Anglo American. Mr. Heydon also led the initial public offering of Nautilus on the TSX and London AIM, and during his tenure raised over US$350 million. Mr. Heydon received the Moore Medal in 2012 for his role in establishing an industry for the deep-sea mining of seafloor massive sulfides.

Brian Paes-Braga Director

Brian Paes-Braga, CIM, is founder and CEO of Lithium X Energy Corp. He is focused on capitalizing and building resources companies including Lithium X Energy Corp., Leagold Mining Corporation, Pentanova Energy Corp., among others. Mr. Paes-Braga has spent almost a decade in the international financial sector working with firms ranging in services from underwriting, mergers and acquisitions, asset management, venture capital and private equity.

Paul Matysek Director

Paul Matysek is a proven company builder with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, having sold four companies in the past decade creating shareholder value in excess of $2.5 billion. He built Energy Metals Corporation which sold to UraniumOne in 2007 for $1.8 billion, Potash One which sold to K+S Ag for $434 million in 2011, Lithium One which merged with Galaxy Resources for $112 million in 2012 and most recently sold Goldrock Mines Corp to Fortuna Silver Mines for $178 million in July 2016. Mr. Matysek is currently Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp.
Seafloor mineral extraction also offers a socially sustainable alternative to terrestrial mining as it does not impact local landholders, villagers, cultural or heritage lands nor does it cause social displacement which is common to many land-based mining operations.