ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, today announced that it has expanded its executive team with two key strategic hires. The company has brought on board cellulosic expert Robert Wooley, Ph.D., as Vice President of Process Development and Brant DeMuth, CFA, MBA, as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development.
“Now that our first two ethanol plant retrofits are in development and we continue to make progress on our proprietary cellulosic isobutanol producing yeast, it is time to increase our focus on cellulosic biomass feedstocks,” said Patrick Gruber, Ph.D., CEO of Gevo. “With a 20-year track record in cellulosics, Bob has the expertise to lead this effort.”
A former portfolio manager in the energy and industrial sector, Mr. DeMuth will draw on 20 years of knowledge and experience to sort out the many opportunities in front of Gevo.
“We have many opportunities to enhance the value of our core business through improvements to net carbohydrate cost and to expand our business in geographies outside the U.S. and across the hydrocarbon value chain,” continued Dr. Gruber. “Brant will be a tremendous asset in our effort to build the world’s leading biorefinery business. I and the rest of the management team look forward to working with Brant and Bob to achieve our goal of replacing the whole barrel of oil.”
In his new role at Gevo, Robert Wooley, Ph.D., will report to David Glassner, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of Technology, and will be responsible for implementing engineering solutions for Gevo’s cellulosic isobutanol technology. Dr. Wooley was previously director of engineering for Abengoa Bioenergy’s New Technology group where he was responsible for cellulose conversion and other advanced technology projects. Before that, he was the biomass technology leader at NatureWorks LLC, and technology manager for the biofuels program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
As head of strategy Mr. DeMuth will report to Patrick Gruber, Ph.D., CEO, and will be responsible for developing Gevo's long term strategic initiatives. Previously he was a portfolio manager at Mazama Capital Management Inc. focused on the energy, alternative energy and industrial sectors. Before that Mr. DeMuth was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for AIM Capital Management Ltd.where he was co-manager of several mutual funds and head of risk management. In addition to his 25 years of experience as an investment professional, Mr. DeMuth spent several years working in the oil and natural gas industry.
Gevo is converting existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make renewable building block products for the chemical and fuel industries. The Company plans to convert renewable raw materials into isobutanol and renewable hydrocarbons that can be directly integrated on a “drop in” basis into existing chemical and fuel products to deliver environmental and economic benefits. Gevo is committed to a sustainable biobased economy that meets society’s needs for plentiful food and clean air and water. For more information, visit www.gevo.com
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