On the Move in Biofuels: Solazyme taps new COO

October 23, 2012 |

In California, Solazyme announced that Jean-Marc Rotsaert has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mr. Rotsaert will be responsible for leading Solazyme’s operations, including the continued expansion of the tailored oils sales and marketing organization with a focus on the industrial and nutritional markets.

Mr. Rotsaert joins Solazyme from AAK where he was the President and CEO of the U.S. business. AAK is a leading global provider of specialty vegetable oils and fats to many industries. The profits of the U.S. business more than quadrupled over his tenure in the midst of the global financial crisis.

Prior to his work with AAK, Mr. Rotsaert was Vice President of Science and Technology at Campbell’s Soup. Before that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Pepsico International (UK and Ireland) where he was a main operating board member accountable for the management of a $2 billion business unit.

Before his time at Pepsico, Mr. Rotsaert was a Managing Director/Program Manager at The Coca-Cola Company where he transformed an R&D group from cost to profit center in the U.S.

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