On the Move – USGC, Greenlane Renewables, Biotalys, HyCC, Petrobras and more

May 3, 2022 |

Sifferath Promoted To USGC Vice President

Also moving around in the U.S. Grains Council is Cary Sifferath who has been promoted from senior director of global programs to vice president at the U.S. Grains Council.

Sifferath was initially hired as manager of international operations for Asia in 1993. His trajectory with the Council then took him to the Council’s Kuala Lumpur office and began what would be 19 years spent running four of the Council’s overseas offices, in Malaysia, Japan, China and Tunisia. Still managing the Tunisia office, he moved back to Washington in 2014 and became senior director of global programs in the summer of 2015.

Over his long tenure, Sifferath has developed a vision for the Council’s work, and he looks forward to implementing that in his new role.

Stijn van Els appointed as Chief Executive Officer of green hydrogen company HyCC

Nobian and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) appointed Stijn van Els as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HyCC, effective from 1 July 2022. Van Els will help drive further growth of the organization to expand its leadership in green hydrogen for the decarbonization of large industries.

As part of his impressive career Mr. van Els has successfully led Shell’s companies in Germany as CEO and country chair and worked in Qatar as CEO of a petrochemicals joint Venture. He has also been the EVP for Contracting & Procurement at Shell and worked in technical and commercial roles in the Netherlands, Japan, England, Australia. He is currently Director Commercial Delivery at the Port of Rotterdam, honorary consul of Germany to the Netherlands, and is a member of the supervisory board of Tennet, EVOS and the IDA Foundation. Mr. Van Els has also been involved in the successful production and commercialization of hydrogen in his previous roles.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Stijn to HyCC at this pivotal moment for the company.” said Michael Koenig, CEO of Nobian and on behalf of the HyCC board. “Stijn is a seasoned business leader who brings over 30 years of experience in business and executive roles in the chemical industry. We are confident that his guidance will help HyCC to deliver on its ambitious growth strategy as well as its ambition to help decarbonize large industries.

“I really look forward to leading HyCC in the rapidly developing and growing green hydrogen market,” said Van Els. One of my priorities when I begin will be to meet key partners and clients. Together with the HyCC leadership team, it will be all about shaping the business strategy to deliver scale in the safe and reliable production of green hydrogen for large industries”.

The Executive Team of HyCC will consist of Stijn van Els and Marcel Galjee. Marcel Galjee will continue in his current role as Managing Director at HyCC.

Greenlane Renewables Announces Change in Management

Greenlane Renewables Inc. announced that Lynda Freeman, Chief Financial Officer, has provided notice to resign her position as CFO effective the end of June to pursue time with family. The Company has begun the process of seeking a successor. Ms. Freeman will continue on a full-time basis until June 30th to support this transition, and expects to remain on a part time basis in an alternate role after June 30th.

“We support Lynda in her decision to spend additional time with her family but will miss her as a member of the leadership team at Greenlane,” commented Brad Douville, President and CEO of Greenlane. “She helped us grow and build the business over the past few years and during her time she developed a talented finance and accounting team. Lynda will continue to work with Greenlane to assist in the recruitment process of a new CFO.”

“This was an incredibly difficult, but necessary, decision for me and my family,” said Lynda Freeman, CFO of Greenlane. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as CFO but I have decided to focus on my young family at this time. I look forward to continuing to work with Greenlane and its talented team.”

Biotalys Appoints Carlo Boutton as Chief Scientific Officer

Biotalys, an Agricultural Technology (AgTech) company protecting crops and food with protein-based biocontrol solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Carlo Boutton as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), effective 3 May 2022.

“I’m delighted to welcome Carlo as a new member of the Executive Committee of Biotalys,” said Simon Moroney, Chairman of Biotalys. “With a wealth of experience working with antibody innovation and an exemplary track record building world-class research platforms, he is an outstanding addition to the team.”

“The proteins we use in our products are inspired by naturally occurring antibodies, aiming to protect food from the field to the plate,” commented Patrice Sellès, CEO of Biotalys. “As we continue to develop our technology platform, Carlo will support the acceleration of technical innovation in the next stage of Biotalys’ growth, ensuring we can offer growers safe, effective and sustainable alternatives to conventional crop protection products.”

Most recently serving as the Global Head of Innovation for Large Molecules Research at global healthcare and pharmaceutical leader Sanofi, Dr. Boutton brings more than 20 years of antibody and biochemistry leadership to his new executive role at Biotalys. Reporting to Biotalys’ CEO Patrice Sellès, Dr. Boutton will lead the team’s continued scientific research to further develop the novel AGROBODY Foundry technology platform, preparing Biotalys’ pipeline of biofungicides, biobactericides and bio-insecticides for expansion and commercial availability while building its intellectual property portfolio.

Petrobras approves the election of CEO

Petrobras, following up on the release disclosed on 04/12/2022, informs that its Board of Directors, elected José Mauro Ferreira Coelho to the position of CEO of the company, for a one-year term.

The company appreciates the important work done by General Joaquim Silva e Luna, for his leadership, dedication, and contribution at the head of the company’s Presidency and as a member of the Board of Directors. His management was marked by the valorization of Petrobras’ workforce, with emphasis on the formation of a technical Executive Board composed mostly of the company’s staff. During Joaquim Silva e Luna’s administration, Petrobras consolidated its financial position, becoming a strong, healthy company so it could play its social role of investing, generating jobs, paying taxes, returning dividends to shareholders, including the Union, and contributing to the country’s development. Its management was also guided by the consolidation of its governance and compliance mechanisms.

CFI Welcomes Mickie French as Executive Director

The Center for Food Integrity is proud to announce the appointment of Mickie French to the position of CFI Executive Director.

An accomplished global expert in food value chain communications and marketing strategy, French has extensive experience in the food industry, from agriculture to ingredients to CPG, helping high-profile companies and organizations develop and implement purpose-driven approaches. Her expertise has positioned her as a trusted strategy and innovation partner with a knack for bringing together multiple stakeholders to drive significant impact on critical issues.

French, who will work from her home office in the Chicagoland area, begins her new role Mon., May 2. She takes over for Terry Fleck, who announced his retirement late last year. Fleck has served as executive director for 15 years, since the organization’s inception.


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