EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) announced today that Jim Richardson has joined the company as senior vice president, vertical markets and sales operations. Richardson will oversee business operations addressing Amyris’s key target markets of cosmetics, lubricants, flavors and fragrances, polymers, consumer products, and transportation fuels. This year, Amyris expects to launch sales of both lubricants, including 2-cycle engine and hydraulic lubricants, and squalane for cosmetics products. In addition, Amyris recently entered into an agreement with Cosan to establish a global joint venture for development, production and commercialization of base oils - key building blocks used in the production of lubricants.
“Jim brings practical operating experience in one of our key market areas,” said John Melo, CEO of Amyris, “and in addition, he has shown himself to be an innovative and strategic thinker who will be a great asset to us as we launch our market-focused commercial undertakings.”
Richardson brings more than 20 years of energy industry experience at Chevron to Amyris, where he managed projects and operations across all elements of the energy value chain. Richardson has considerable international experience, including serving as Chevron’s general manager, Latin America Lubricants.
“Joining Amyris as we ramp up to launch our first products is an incredibly exciting opportunity, and I look forward to working with, and continuing to build, the team to deliver Amyris products to customers and to grow our operational capabilities on a global scale,” said Richardson.
Amyris is an integrated renewable products company providing sustainable alternatives to a broad range of petroleum-sourced products. Amyris uses its industrial synthetic biology platform to convert plant sugars into a variety of hydrocarbon molecules - flexible building blocks which can be used in a wide range of products. Amyris is commercializing these products both as No Compromise® renewable ingredients in cosmetics, flavors, fragrances, polymers, lubricants and consumer products, and also as No Compromise renewable diesel and jet fuel. Amyris Brasil S.A., a subsidiary of Amyris, oversees the establishment and expansion of Amyris’s production in Brazil. Amyris also has fuel distribution capabilities in the United States through its subsidiary, Amyris Fuels LLC. More information about Amyris is available at www.amyris.com.