Management Team


Jonathan S. Wolfson
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Wolfson is a co-founder of the Company and our Chief Executive Officer. Prior to founding Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson held a variety of positions in finance, business and law including at Triarc, and serving as co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of InvestorTree. Immediately prior to Solazyme, he was the Vice President of Finance and Business Development for 7thOnline, a supply chain software company.

Mr. Wolfson is an active participant in many advisory groups, including sitting on the board of the Center for American Progress (CAP) Clean Tech Council. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and is on the governing board of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section. Additionally, Mr. Wolfson sits on the supervisory board of Avantium, a renewable chemicals company, and on the Executive Council for the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA).

In September of 2009, Mr. Wolfson accepted the “Green Leap” award from the Clinton Global Initiative for his commitment to commercializing Solazyme’s breakthrough technology for renewable oil production for fuel and for food. He is also an inventor on five of Solazyme’s patent applications.

Mr. Wolfson holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the NYU School of Law and the NYU Stern School of Business. Additionally, he spent several years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Tyler W. Painter
Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Painter has served as our Chief Financial Officer since October 2007. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Painter served as VP Finance/Investor Relations and Corporate Treasurer for Wind River Systems, a public software company that has subsequently been acquired by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC). Prior to joining Wind River Systems, Mr. Painter held a variety of positions in finance at CarsDirect (NASDAQ: INET), an online automobile sales company, and at Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS), a retail clothing company. Mr. Painter obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is actively involved with a number of professional affiliations, including the Association of Financial Professionals and the National Investor Relations Institute.

David C. Cole

David C. Cole has served as President since January 2014. Prior to Solazyme, Mr. Cole served as CEO of Maui Land & Pineapple company, Inc. Mr. Cole has extensive experience as an executive commercializing disruptive technologies across the publishing, software, Internet and food sectors with positions including CEO of Ashton-Tate, President of Ziff Communications, Group President of AOL New Enterprises, Managing Member of Sunnyside Farms (an organic food producer and marketer), and co-founder and Chairman of Acirca (an organic food company sold to Hain Celestial). Mr. Cole has also served on boards for a variety of organizations including Sesame Workshop, PBS, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and American Farmland Trust. In addition, Mr. Cole was instrumental in the formation of both the Brazil Renewable Energy Company and Hawaii Bioenergy. David Cole obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Peter J. Licari
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Licari is our Chief Technology Officer. He has over 20 years experience in biochemical engineering and bioprocessing. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Licari served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations for Kosan Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company. From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Licari served as the Director of Vaccine Manufacturing and Development at Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories, a part of the University of Massachusetts, an academic institution. Prior to joining Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories, Dr. Licari had a variety of research positions at BASF and Merck & Co. Dr. Licari obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and obtained a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

Frederic Stoeckel
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Health Sciences

Mr. Stoeckel is Senior Vice President, Health Sciences at Solazyme. Since joining the company in February 2010, Mr. Stoeckel has led the development, launch and marketing strategy for Algenist, Solazyme's microalgae-based luxury skincare line. Algenist is now available in over 1000 stores worldwide including Sephora, Sephora inside jcpenney, Space NK, QVC, and The Shopping Channel.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Stoeckel served as Vice President, Marketing & Merchandising at L’Occitane, where he headed the department for the US market. Shortly after, he served as Managing Director at Melvita, a new certified French organic skincare brand by L’Occitane. He managed the US launch strategy for Melvita and implemented the full range of operational marketing strategy until 2010.

Prior to joining L’Occitane, Mr. Stoeckel held a variety of marketing positions at L’Oreal Group (Euronext: OR), and most recently was the Vice President of Marketing at Lancome France for 4 years. He led the Lancome operational marketing division including trade marketing, direct marketing, media, website, and merchandising, where he defined and implemented the marketing and communication strategy across all product segments for all of the retail channels.

Paul T. Quinlan
Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Mr. Quinlan has served as our General Counsel since May 2010 and as our Secretary since June 2010. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Quinlan was General Counsel at Metabolex, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company. From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Quinlan held various positions in the legal department at Maxygen, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAXY), a biopharmaceutical company, most recently that of Chief Corporate Securities Counsel. Prior to joining Maxygen, Mr. Quinlan was an associate at Cooley LLP, a law firm, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, a law firm. Mr. Quinlan obtained a law degree from Columbia University Law School and a M.Sc. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto.

Mark Warner
Senior Vice President of Engineering

Mark Warner is our Senior Vice President of Engineering. Mr. Warner is a registered professional engineer with 25 years of broad-ranging business, technical, and management experience in renewable energy projects and chemical plant operations. Mr. Warner possesses the technological expertise and management skills required to lead Solazyme through this critical phase of expansion to commercial capacity. Prior to joining Solazyme, he served as Senior Vice President of Process industries for Harris Group. His responsibilities encompassed renewable energy commercialization for cellulosic ethanol and algal based fuel and chemical commercialization.  From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Warner served as Vice President of Engineering for Imperium Renewables, where he oversaw the largest biodiesel production facility constructed in the United States.  He has actively led site selection, regulatory compliance, permitting, engineering, and project funding efforts for facilities at both U.S. and international sites.  Mr. Warner obtained a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.