Chairperson, Member of the Audit Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee, Chair and Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Financial Expert
Ruth I. Dreessen, age 63, has served as a director of the Company since March 2012. From 2010 to 2018, Ms. Dreessen has served as Managing Director of Lion Chemical Partners, LLC, a private equity firm focused on the chemical and related industries. Prior to joining Lion Chemical Partners, Ms. Dreessen served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TPC Group Inc. from 2005 to 2010. Before joining TPC Group, Ms. Dreessen served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Westlake Chemical Corporation. She spent 21 years at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and predecessor companies, ultimately as a Managing Director of chemicals investment banking. Ms. Dreessen serves as the independent Chairman of the Board and is also a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee (Chair). Since January 2018, Ms. Dreessen has served on the board of Andeavor Logistics LP. She previously served on the boards of Targa Resources LP, Versar, Inc., the Georgia Gulf Corporation, Westlake Chemical Corporation and the Better Minerals & Aggregates Corporation (US Silica).
Dr. Patrick Gruber
Board Member, Chief Executive Officer
Patrick R. Gruber has served as Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company since 2007. Prior to joining the Company, from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Gruber was President and Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies, Inc. (“Outlast Technologies”), a technology and marketing company primarily serving the textile industry, where he was responsible for all aspects of Outlast Technologies’ business. Previously, Mr. Gruber co-founded NatureWorks LLC (formerly Cargill Dow, LLC) (“NatureWorks”) and served as Vice President, Technology and Operations, and Chief Technology Officer from 1997 to 2005, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business, including project, application and process technology development. From 2007 to May 2012, Mr. Gruber served on the board of directors of Segetis, Inc. From 2007 to January 2012, Mr. Gruber served on the board of directors of Green Harvest Technologies, LLC and from 2007 to 2008, he served on the board of directors of Outlast Technologies. In 2011, Mr. Gruber was awarded the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2008, Mr. Gruber was awarded the first ever George Washington Carver Award, recognizing significant contributions by individuals in the field of industrial biotechnology and its application in biological engineering, environmental science, biorefining and bio based products.
Board Member, Chair of the Audit Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee
Gary W. Mize, age 68, has served as a director of the Company since September 2011 and serves on the Audit Committee (Chair) and Compensation Committee. Since October 2009, Mr. Mize has held the position of partner and owner at MR & Associates. Since May 2016, Mr. Mize has served as a director of Darling Ingredients Inc. and as a member of its audit committee and compensation committee. Mr. Mize also served as non-executive Chairman at Ceres Global AG from December 2007 to April 2010, and has served as an independent director of Ceres Global AG and a member of its audit committee (Chair) since October 2013. In addition, Mr. Mize served Noble Group, Hong Kong, as Global Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director from July 2003 to December 2005 and Non-Executive Director from December 2005 to December 2006. Previously, he was President of the Grain Processing Group at ConAgra Foods, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of ConAgra Malt and held various positions at Cargill, Inc. Mr. Mize brings international business experience to the Board having previously held expatriate positions in Switzerland, Brazil and Hong Kong.
Andrew J. Marsh
Board Member, Chair of the Compensation Committee, Member of the Compensation Committee
Andrew J. Marsh, age 63, has served as a director since February 2015 and serves on our Compensation Committee (Chair). Since April 2008, Mr. Marsh has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Plug Power Inc., an alternative energy technology provider engaged in the design, development, manufacture, and commercialization of fuel cell systems for the industrial off-road markets worldwide. Previously, Mr. Marsh was a co-founder of Valere Power (“Valere”), where he served as Chief Executive Officer and a board member from Valere’s inception in 2001 through its sale to Eltek ASA in 2007. Prior to founding Valere, Mr. Marsh spent almost 18 years with Lucent Bell Laboratories in a variety of sales and technical management positions. Mr. Marsh is a prominent voice leading the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Nationally, Mr. Marsh is the Chairman of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association and sits as a member of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Tactical Committee.
Board Member, Member of the Corporate Governance and Audit committee
William H. Baum, age 73, has served as a director of the Company since January 2016 and serves on our Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Since January 2015, Mr. Baum has operated a consulting business advising small biofuel and renewable chemical companies on a variety of commercial matters. Mr. Baum served as Chief Business Development Officer of Genomatica, Inc. from September 2010 until April 2014. From August 1997 to September 2010, Mr. Baum served in various roles at Diversa Corporation (now known as Verenium Corporation), a biotechnology company focused on the development of biofuels, including Vice President Sales and Marketing from August 1997 to November 1999, Senior Vice President, Business Development from November 1999 to July 2002 and Executive Vice President, Business Development from July 2002 to August 2010. Prior to joining Diversa, Mr. Baum served as the Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at International Specialty Products, Inc., a specialty chemicals company, and held a variety of executive positions, both in the United States and internationally, at Betz Laboratories, Inc., a specialty chemicals company. Mr. Baum currently serves as a director on the board of directors for Watt Companies, Inc., Leaf Resources Limited and Arzeda Corporation.