Thomas Jonas, chief executive officer
Thomas Jonas is a seasoned executive who was most recently president of two business units of MeadWestvaco with annual sales over $700M and 15 operating plants across the globe. He has extensive experience operating global businesses in executive leadership positions at Rio Tinto, Alcan, and Pechiney. Thomas is a graduate of HEC Paris and served as an officer in the French Air Force.
Matthew Strongin, Chief financial officer
Matthew Strongin brings extensive experience in startup commercialization, financing, and strategy. Matthew previously was an investor at First Green Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm founded in partnership with Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, where he focused on investments in food/ag, energy, and chemicals. He started his career in investment banking and holds a degree in physics from Carleton College.
Karuna Rawal, chief marketing officer
Karuna Rawal recently joined the team from Leo Burnett / Publicis Groupe where she was President, Groupe Client Lead for a portfolio of key Publicis Groupe clients. Karuna brings over 25 years of experience in brand management and shopper marketing across the CPG, retail and healthcare industries. Recently, Karuna was the lead strategist on the wildly successful P&G Always #LikeAGirl campaign which won 14 Lions at Cannes Festival 2015, and an Emmy for Outstanding Television Commercial.
Jim Millis, Chief technology officer
Jim Millis is an experienced executive with expertise in the fields of industrial biotechnology (fermentation), molecular biology, and chemical catalysis gained over a thirty-year career as an executive and entrepreneur. Jim previously held technical leadership positions at Cargill’s Industrial Bioproducts unit and Draths, a renewable chemicals company. Most recently, Jim served as the CTO of BioAmber, where he oversaw the development, scale up and commercial implementation of a fermentation technology.
Dr. Mark Kozubal, chief Science officer
Dr. Mark Kozubal is a leading expert in extremophile organisms, having discovered numerous species and published extensively in the space. He has collaborated with top research organizations, such as NASA, NSF, USDA, EPA, and the Department of the Interior. Mark holds a PhD in Geomicrobiology from Montana State University and a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from University of California, San Diego.