Company Overview

What We Do

Starting with microalgae, the world’s original oil producer, Solazyme creates new, sustainable, high-performance products. These include renewable oils and powerhouse ingredients that serve as the foundation for healthier foods; better home, personal care and industrial products; and more sustainable fuels. Our best-in-class oils and ingredients don’t just deliver long-term, sustainable alternatives to traditional sources — they can also improve the quality and performance of virtually any product formulated with them.

 

 

Company Strategy

How We Do It

With a breakthrough production process, Solazyme is revolutionizing the way the world makes oil. We’re tackling some of today’s biggest issues — like sustainability, resource scarcity and traceability — with microalgae, the world’s original oil producer. After identifying oil profiles that can improve both the health profiles and performance of products, we develop those oils with microalgae, providing alternatives to limited resources like petroleum, vegetable oils and animal fats. The result? First-of-a-kind, high-performance oils that are better for people and better for the planet.

 


 

A Message from the CEO

For more than a decade, we have been working to solve some of the world’s biggest problems with one of its smallest and most ancient life forms: microalgae. We strive to set the gold standard for rapid, responsible and sustainable development of our technology and products. We have big goals focused on improving the planet and the lives of its inhabitants. We can’t do this effectively unless we are strong advocates for, and practitioners of, corporate accountability and transparency. We will work hard to live up to this ideal.

Solazyme has been propelled over the years by an extraordinary group of people. Our employees, customers, partners and investors have been and will continue to be our greatest resources. As we continue to focus on growing our business, generating returns for our stockholders, delighting our customers with innovative products, engaging public stakeholders and making the planet a better place to live, I would like to say “thank you” to the many who fuel our progress.

-Jonathan Wolfson

 

The Solazyme Management Team

 

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Co-founder, CEO of Solazyme

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Jonathan S. Wolfson is Solazyme’s co-founder and CEO. Jonathan has directed Solazyme’s overall strategy and execution since inception, leading Forbes to name him one of the “12 Most Disruptive Names in Business”.  Biofuels Digest named him the #1 CEO in the top 100 people in the Bioeconomy, and led Solazyme’s selection as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. He is an actively involved in the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council and sits on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). He earned his JD and MBA degrees from NYU School of Law and NYU Stern School of Business.

Peter Licari Ph.D

Chief Technology

Peter Licari Ph.D


Peter is Solazyme’s Chief Technology Officer. He has more than 20 years of experience in biochemical engineering and bioprocessing, including 10 years with cancer therapeutics company Kosan Biosciences (acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2008). Prior to joining Kosan Biosciences, Peter was the director of Vaccine Manufacturing and Development at Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories – one of the only publicly-operated, FDA-licensed vaccine manufacturing facilities. He holds his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from California Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Tyler Painter

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Painter

Tyler serves as Solazyme’s Chief Financial Officer, bringing more than 15 years of experience in financial management and investor relations. Before joining Solazyme, Tyler worked at several publicly traded companies, including CarsDirect and Gap. He most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer for Wind River Systems (acquired by Intel in 2009). Tyler received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


 

Frederic Stoeckel

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Health Sciences

Frederic Stoeckel

Frederic is Solazyme’s Senior Vice President of Health Sciences leading the development, launch and marketing strategy for Algenist, Solazyme’s microalgae-based luxury personal care. Before joining Solazyme, he managed the strategic launch of L’Occitane’s organic skincare brand Melvita. He also held several marketing positions at L’Oreal Group, including overseeing marketing and communications strategies for Lancome France. He is a graduate of ESCP Europe – the world’s first business school.

Paul Quinlan

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Paul Quinlan

Paul is Solazyme’s General Counsel, overseeing legal matters including corporate transactions, intellectual property, securities compliance and corporate governance. Paul joined Solazyme with more than 10 years of in-house legal counsel experience for biotechnology companies like Metabolex, Inc. (now Cymabay Therapeutics) and Maxygen. He also served as an associate at Cooley LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Paul holds a master’s degree in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Columbia University Law School.

Robert Webber

Chief Commercial Officer

Robert Webber

Mr. Webber leads Solazyme’s commercial operations, including sales and marketing, as well as strategic and operational planning, and program management. Prior to joining Solazyme in January 2014, Mr. Webber held several C-level positions with both publicly traded and privately held companies in industries ranging from agriculture to technology to resort operations. Earlier in his career, Mr. Webber was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he served clients in the biotech, chemicals and food industries. Previously, Mr. Webber served as CEO, COO, and CFO of Maui Land & Pineapple Company (NYSE: MLP), with business segments in agriculture, resort operations, and land development. Mr. Webber has several years experience selling B2B technologies to Fortune 500 companies, including during his tenure as President and CFO of DynTek, Inc., a publicly traded IT and cloud computing company, and as CEO of a publicly-traded digital marketing software company that was sold to Silverpop, Inc., then to IBM. He also served as founding CEO of a specialty chemicals company that manufactures a proprietary, algae-based reagent anddiagnostic system currently in FDA clinical trials; and as COO of Santa Catalina Island Company, a privately-held resort services, and land management company. Mr. Webber earned an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration; a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School; and a BA from Brigham Young University.

Kathy Stafford

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development

Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development for Solazyme. Kathy has over 25 years of experience in executive human resources and finance positions.  Prior to Solazyme, she was a partner at Stafford McConville Human Resources Partners, providing strategic human resources and organizational development services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, sustainable energy and chemical enterprises, and non-profits. Previously, she served as Vice President, Human Resources at Onyx Pharmaceuticals during the commercialization of Nexavar®, and various financial management positions in several biotech companies. She also served as Treasurer of Amgen during the initial launch of Epogen® and Neupogen®. Ms. Stafford holds a BS in Combined Sciences from Santa Clara University and an MBA from The Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

Mark Brooks

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Food Ingredients

Mark Brooks

Mark Brooks serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Solazyme’s AlgaVia™ food ingredients business and is responsible for the global commercialization of the AlgaVia™ portfolio. Prior to Solazyme, Mr. Brooks managed the global Truvia® consumer products business at Cargill. There, he was responsible for establishing the Truvia® brand as the global leader in its category. In this role, he directed a cross functional team focused on driving distribution through key channels and generating brand awareness. In addition, he led the technology, product development and global supply chain for the business. Mr. Brooks joined Cargill in 1996 and held a variety of leadership positions over his 17 years at the company.  Prior to working for Cargill, Mr. Brooks held positions with Colgate Palmolive, Gillette and RNW & Co. Mr. Brooks is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and earned an MBA with Distinction from Kingston Business School.

Marc Gerigk

Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing

Marc Gerigk

Marc Gerigk serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Solazyme. Marc has over 15 years of experience in Biotech Manufacturing and Process Development with strong engineering and business development experience that allows him to effectively lead operational manufacturing. Prior to Solazyme, he served as Vice President of Operations Americas for Evonik. There, he actively managed a plant in the US and the construction of a sister plant in Brazil.  Before Evonik, Marc held management positions at Degussa Corporation and Bayer Corporation. Marc obtained his engineering PhD in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

 

 

The Board of Directors

 

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Co-founder, CEO of Solazyme

Jonathan S. Wolfson

Peter Kovacs

Former President and CEO, NutraSweet Kelco Company

Peter Kovacs

Ian Clark

CEO, Genentech

Ian Clark

Jerry Fiddler

Founder and former CEO of Wind River Systems

Jerry Fiddler

Michael V. Arbige, Ph.D

EVP, Genencor

Michael V. Arbige, Ph.D

James R. Craigie

Chairman and CEO, Church & Dwight Co.

James R. Craigie

Ann Mather

Lead Director, MGM Holdings; Google Board Member

Ann Mather

Gary Pfeiffer

Former DuPont CFO

Gary Pfeiffer