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LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
BioAmber has assembled a team of industry veterans in the fields of industrial biotechnology and chemicals. Having assembled unmatched experience and unrivalled technical and business acumen, BioAmber is positioned to lead the emergence of economically-viable, sustainable chemicals. The company has staffed its board of directors and management team with seasoned professionals possessing strong track records and complementary experience.
The management team is to promote sustainable development, ownership of issues, proper behavior, and innovative technology, all of which foster eco efficiency and a safe working environment. We are firmly committed to the pursuit of HSE excellence – not just for today but for the future.
The Company’s Board of Directors has established an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, each of which operates pursuant to a charter adopted by our board of directors.
Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.
|Audit Committee||Compensation Committee||Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee|
|Raymond J. Land|
|George F.J. Gosbee|
|Ellen B. Richstone|
|Kenneth W. Wall|
Raymond J. LandChairman
Raymond J. Land has served on our Board since 2011 and has been the Chairman of our Board since February 2012. Mr. Land retired after most recently serving as the Senior Vice President and CFO of Clarient, Inc., a cancer diagnostics company, where he worked from 2008 until his retirement. From 2007 to 2008, he was the Senior Vice President and CFO of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a venture capital firm. In 2006, Mr. Land was Executive Vice President and CFO of Medcenter Solutions, Inc., a medical education and marketing services company in the pharmaceuticals industry, and from 2005 to 2006, he was Senior Vice President and CFO of Orchid Cellmark Inc., a DNA testing company. Mr. Land also served as Senior Vice President and CFO for Genencor International, Inc., from 1997 until its acquisition in 2005. From 1991 to 1996, he served as Senior Vice President and CFO for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Previously, Mr. Land has also held various positions at Campbell Soup Company, Inc. and at Coopers & Lybrand, an accounting firm. Mr. Land currently serves on the board of directors of Anika Therapeutics, Inc., where he is the chair of the audit committee, and Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held pharmaceuticals company. Mr. Land is a Certified Public Accountant (Retired) and received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and finance from Temple University. Mr. Land’s service on the boards of directors and leadership positions at numerous companies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries make him a valuable member of our Board.
Kurt Briner has served on our Board since 2009 and was Chairman of our Board from 2009 to February 2012. Mr. Briner was President and CEO of Sanofi Pharma S.A. from 1988 until his retirement in 1998 and has since been an independent consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and was a member of the board of directors of Novo Nordisk, Progenics Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Galenica S.A., a European-based pharmaceutical company. Mr. Briner received a Diploma from École de Commerce in Basel and Lausanne. Mr. Briner’s extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, his service in senior management and as a board member of large business enterprises and appreciation of business organizations and practices in diverse international cultures add to his many qualifications as a director.
George F.J. Gosbee
George F.J. Gosbee has served on our Board since February 2016. He is a founder of AltaCorp Capital Inc., an advisory firm, where he has served as Chairman and CEO since 2010. From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Gosbee served as Chairman, President and CEO of Triston Capital Global Inc., a global energy investment firm, which he also founded. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Gosbee was the Vice Chairman of Alberta Investment Management Co, an institutional investment fund, where he currently serves as a director. From 2012 to 2015, Mr. Gosbee served as a director of the TMX Group, an operator of stock exchanges, and from 2009 to 2011, as a director of Chrysler Group LLC. Mr. Gosbee holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. We believe Mr. Gosbee’s experience as a seasoned investor and his broad industry experience makes him a valuable member of our Board.
Heinz Haller has served on our Board since 2011. He is Executive Vice President and President of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India of Dow Europe GmbH. He has worked at Dow in various roles from 2006 through the present, from 1987 to 1994 and from 1980 to 1985. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Haller served as Managing Director of Allianz Capital Partners, GmbH, a private equity firm. Prior to that, he was CEO of both Red Bull Sauber AG, a company that provides automotive research and development services and Sauber Petronas Engineering AG. He has also worked as Managing Director of Plüss-Staufer AG, a chemical distribution company. Mr. Haller is Chairman of the Dow Kokam Board and the Dow AgroSciences Members Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dow Corning Corporation, the Michigan Molecular Institute, and the U.S. India Business Council. Mr. Haller earned a certification in the advanced executive program from University of California at Los Angeles and holds a Master of Business Administration from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. His experience in leadership roles and knowledge of the chemical industry makes him a valuable member of our Board.
Jean-François HucJean-François Huc served as our President and CEO from the creation of BioAmber in 2008 until February 17, 2017, and has served on our Board since 2008. Prior to BioAmber, Mr. Huc was Chief Operating Officer of Diversified Natural Products, Inc. from 2006 until 2008. He served as CEO of TGN Biotech Inc., a company producing recombinant proteins in transgenic animals, from 2004 to 2005, and MedExact S.A., a company offering web-based promotional services to pharmaceutical companies in the United States and France, from 2000 to 2002. Mr. Huc was Vice President of Alliance Management for Sanofi-Synthelabo S.A. from 1998 to 2000, a Partner with Arthur D. Little, a management consulting firm from 1995 to 1997, and served in other consulting and sales roles prior to 1995. Mr. Huc has a Master of Business Administration from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Western Ontatio.
Ellen B. Richstone
Ms. Ellen B. Richstone was the CFO of several public and private companies between 1989 and 2012, including Rohr Aerospace (a Fortune 500 Company) and Executive VP of Darwin Scientific between June 2011 and September 2012. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Richstone was the President and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Resources Group. From 2004 until its sale in 2007, Ms. Richstone served as the financial expert on the board of directors of American Power Conversion. Ms. Richstone currently serves on the boards of two other public companies: eMagin Corporation (NYSE: EMAN) and Superior Industries International Inc. (NYSE: SUP). She has prior experience on both public and private boards and her current private boards include the National Association of Corporate Directors-New England. She chairs the Audit Committees of both eMagin and Parnell Pharmaceuticals Inc. In April 2013, Ms. Richstone was given the first annual Distinguished Director Award from the Corporate Directors Group. Ms. Richstone graduated from Scripps College in Claremont California and holds graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Ms. Richstone also completed the Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance at New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration and attended the Executive Development program at Cornell University’s Business School. Ms. Richstone holds an Executive Master’s Certification in Director Governance from the American College of Corporate Directors. We believe that Ms. Richstone’s broad industry experience in technology, industrial and cleantech along with her financial expertise and extensive governance experience makes her a valuable member of our Board.
Kenneth W. Wall
Kenneth W. Wall has served on our Board since August 2013. Mr. Wall previously served as BioAmber’s Chief Operations Officer from October 2012 to June 2013. From 2011 to October 2012, Mr. Wall served as our Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Wall was a consultant to the chemical industry. In 2004, Mr. Wall was President of Intermediates and Specialty Products business at INVISTA. Prior to 2004, Mr. Wall served in various positions at DuPont since 1974 and culminating as Vice President and General Manager of DuPont’s Nylon Intermediates, Polymers and Specialties division. Mr. Wall’s broad experience includes roles such as Director of Integrated Operations, Director of Manufacturing, Global Business Manager, Plant Superintendent, R&D Director, Product Manager and Staff Engineer. Mr. Wall holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla. Mr. Wall’s extensive knowledge of the company and his over 39 years of experience working for and knowledge of the chemical industry makes him a valuable member of our Board.
Fabrice OrecchioniPresident & COO
Currently President and COO of BioAmber, Fabrice Orecchioni managed the engineering, construction, commissioning and subsequent operations of the largest Succinic Acid plant in the world. After joining BioAmber in 2012 to manage the demonstration plant in France, Fabrice was involved in the design of the commercial scale bio-succinic plant in Sarnia, Ontario. This first of a kind 30,000 ton facility was completed and commissioned in 2015. Since inception, Fabrice served as President of the BioAmber Sarnia joint venture with Mitsui & co., where he managed day to day operations and coordinated global marketing with Mitsui & co. Prior to joining BioAmber, Fabrice spent 10 years in process engineering and operations with Tate and Lyle and Ajinomoto in the Amino Acids business, and spent 5 years as the Operations and Plant Manager at the French bioethanol asset of Abengoa Bioenergy. Fabrice holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris, an engineering degree in industrial processes from Ecole de Biologie Industrielle and a degree in chemistry from Universite Pierre et Marie -Curie.
R. Laurent BernierSenior VP
Laurent Bernier has served in several capacities since joining BioAmber in 2008. Prior to joining BioAmber, Dr. Bernier was Vice President Eastern Canada for Foragen Technology Management Inc., a venture capital fund created to help commercialize early-stage, advanced agricultural technologies from Canadian sources. Before Foragen, he was the founding Executive Director of BioNB (formerly known as BioAtlantech), New-Brunswick’s lead agency for the development of the bio-industries and had been previously Vice President Life Sciences for Inno-centre, a Montreal-based organization dedicated to helping advanced technology entrepreneurs start up commercial ventures. As an industrial researcher, Laurent Bernier has held various research and managerial positions at C-I-L, ICI Canada and Zeneca BioProducts, where he directly contributed to the discovery, development and launch of five biotechnology-related products and services. He is listed as an inventor of a dozen biotechnology related patents and has published extensively in the area of agricultural and forestry biotechnology. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Montreal. He was a recipient of an INSERC industrial post-doctoral fellowship conducted at FPInnnovations (formerly the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada or PAPRICAN) in collaboration with McGill University in Montreal. He is currently Chairman of the Board of CRIBIQ (QC) and AIREX Énergie inc.
Thomas DesbiensGeneral Counsel
Thomas Desbiens is a business and intellectual property lawyer with more than twenty years of experience as partner in a boutique law firm, who oversees BioAmber’s legal matters, including its corporate & commercial transactions, financing activities, strategic partnerships and securities compliance & corporate governance matters.
He has extensive national and international expertise in assisting fast growing companies involved in complex technological environments, and representing numerous companies in connection with venture capital & debt financings, initial public offerings, merger & acquisition transactions, strategic alliances, commercial & licensing agreements and corporate governance matters.
President of BioAmber Sarnia Inc.Michael A. Hartmann is currently President of BioAmber Sarnia, previously serving as our Executive Vice President since 2009. From 1998 to 2008, Mr. Hartmann was an Executive Director of Institutional Sales at CIBC World Markets Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Hartmann had business and sales roles at Sprott Securities, Dlouhy Investments Inc. and Thomson Kernaghan & Co. Ltd. Mr. Hartmann received an International Master of Business Administration from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College.
James Millis has served as our Chief Technology Officer since 2009. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Millis served as CEO of Draths Corporation, a chemical company that focused on manufacturing bio-based materials, from 2007 to 2009. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Technical Director for Cargill’s Industrial Bioproducts business unit. Earlier positions included business and technical leadership roles at Maxygen Inc. and Bio-Technical Resources. Mr. Millis has been involved in the commercial development and scale-up of several technologies, spanning fermentation and chemical catalysis, and is co-inventor on 25 U.S. patents and their foreign equivalents. Mr. Millis holds a Master of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University.
Mario Saucier has served as our CFO since January 2016. From May 2014 to November 2015, Mr. Saucier served as CFO of Norduyn, operating in the aerospace industry and concurrently acted as President for Transtex Composite, an affiliated company of Norduyn, operating in the aerodynamic trucking industry. Prior to Norduyn, Mr. Saucier served as CFO at Englobe Corp., a global bio-remediation company from November 2008 to November 2012. Mr. Saucier was subsequently appointed as interim CEO for a six month period with Englobe Corp. Previous positions also include Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Quebecor World, from 2005 to 2008, Vice President Strategy & Performance of Total Transit System, a division of Bombardier Transportation, from 2002 to 2004, as well as Vice President Implementation of SAP, from 2000 to 2002,. Mr. Saucier holds a B.B.A. from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1991.
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