SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM), a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Jeffrey Webster has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Mr. Webster will be responsible for leading and expanding operational infrastructure across Solazyme as the company continues to scale.
Mr. Webster joins Solazyme from Tyson Foods where as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Products business he had full P&L responsibility for $500M in revenue and was responsible for initiating, funding and building the Dynamic Fuels plant in Geismar, Louisiana which is America’s first commercial scale (75M gallons per year) advanced biofuels facility. At Tyson, Mr. Webster established new growth platforms, partnerships and brands, and pioneered Tyson’s efforts into the renewable energy space. He has successfully established partnerships with a multitude of top energy and nutrition companies, including Conoco Phillips and global fuel customers like the US Air Force, while also successfully enacting legislation for second-generation renewable fuels. While at Tyson, Mr. Webster was also responsible for the full operations of the company’s food ingredient, pet food ingredient, and animal feed businesses.
“Jeff’s deep understanding of both renewable fuels and nutrition and his vast experience building new growth platforms at large commercial organizations are vital to Solazyme as we scale and move into commercialization,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme. “Jeff brings incredible leadership experience across multiple industries and infrastructures that directly relate to Solazyme’s business strategy, as we continue our rapid growth we are confident that Jeff’s impact will be felt immediately.”
Prior to Tyson Mr. Webster held roles including Vice President, Global Strategy and Development at Kellogg’s, where he was responsible for portfolio, market entry, and brand strategy initiatives across the company. Mr. Webster began his career as a geophysicist with ARCO Oil & Gas.
“This is a very exciting time at Solazyme as the company increases capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for its revolutionary tailored oils technology,” said Mr. Webster. “I look forward to expanding Solazyme’s operational and commercial infrastructure as the company moves into its next phase.”
About Solazyme, Inc.
Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ: SZYM) is a renewable oil and bioproducts company that transforms a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s renewable products can replace or enhance oils derived from the world’s three existing sources – petroleum, plants and animal fats. Initially, Solazyme is focused on commercializing its products into three target markets: (1) fuels and chemicals, (2) nutrition and (3) skin and personal care.
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