Independent and employee-owned metals merchant Gerald Group announced the two newest members of our leadership team as the Group marks its 60th Anniversary and prepares for its next era of growth in the metals trading space.Ms Daniele La Porta, Global Head of ESG and Sustainability has joined the Group to lead Gerald’s ESG and Sustainability strategies on a global basis. Daniele has spent 18 years at World Bank in Brazil and Washington DC as a Senior Mining Specialist within their Energy and Extractives Global Practice. She founded and led the Climate-Smart Mining Initiative, and has hands on experience working in developing nations such as Sierra Leone where she first crossed paths with Gerald Group in the context of the Group’s iron ore subsidiary Marampa Mines Limited. Daniele holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University de Brasilia and an MBA in Environmental Management from Faculdade Candido Mendes, Brazil, and is fluent in four languages. She has conducted internationally recognised research focused on sustainability throughout the critical metals supply chain.Ms Shanthini Thaker, Senior Vice President of Operations joins as a key member of Gerald’s Operations team which bridges the front and back offices. Based at Gerald’s headquarters in London, Shanthini will work closely with the Group’s executive team helping streamline process and supporting the front office deal flow, ultimately providing additional support for the Group’s next wave of growth. Shanthini has worked at Triland Metals Limited for over 14 years in the roles of Head of Credit Risk, Gerald Group aims to contribute to world trade and economic development in a sustainable and responsible manner. Founded in 1962 in the United States, the Group is the world’s oldest and largest independent and employee-owned metals trading house. Headquartered in London, the Group is led by Chairman and CEO Craig Dean. Gerald is a dedicated and trusted partner to leading miners and processors, industrial consumers and major financial institutions and has market presence in all regions of the world. The Group operates trading hubs in Shanghai, Stamford and Switzerland for the merchanting of non-ferrous, ferrous and precious metals and related concentrates and raw materials.