February 24: Barbara Fochtman, Livent

Presentation was held Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 11:00am-12:00pm (Pacific Time)

TITLE: Developing Supply Chains in Lithium

The electric vehicle supply chains are evolving as they would for any new and innovative product. Over the course of last several years, supply chains have become global due to resource location and available capacity. As automakers develop ambitious goals — such as no combustion engines by 2035 — governments around the world work quickly to develop regional supply chains. Several countries are investing in capabilities as it allows them to gain an edge. While supply chains are evolving, so are customer requirements as they innovate and learn more about their manufacturing processes. What needs to happen to make the shift?


Barbara Fochtman is the Chief Operations and Engineering Officer at Livent. She has 27 years of experience across Manufacturing, Engineering, Supply Chain and Procurement. Barbara started her career in oil refining. Shortly after, she started her career with FMC and has held several positions such as Plant Manager, Global Supply Chain Director and Procurement Director. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Jacksonville University.