John Bassett has retired in late 2013. As Senior Vice President of Resources for Molycorp during 2011 to 2013, I was responsible for their Rare Earth mine and separation facilities. From 2005 to 2011, I was President of Seadrift Coke, a manufacturer of petroleum needle coke. As President of Seadrift Coke, with profit and loss responsibility, including sales and safety performance. My career started in petroleum refining including roles as refinery general manager at two different refineries.He received his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1972.