Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ:SZYM), a renewable oil and bioproducts company, today announced the appointment of David C. Cole as Solazyme’s President effective January 1, 2014. He has also been elected to Solazyme’s Board of Directors. Mr. Cole most recently held the position of CEO of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and helped form both the Brazil Renewable Energy Company and Hawaii BioEnergy. He has been a strategic advisor to Solazyme since 2010.
“Solazyme will benefit enormously from David’s deep management experience and vision as we enter our next phase of commercialization,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme. “He has been a close and trusted advisor to me and to Solazyme for almost four years, and we are very excited to work with him in his new role.”
Mr. Cole has extensive experience as an executive commercializing disruptive technologies across the publishing, software, Internet and food sectors with positions including CEO of Ashton-Tate, President of Ziff Communications, Group President of AOL New Enterprises, Managing Member of Sunnyside Farms (an organic food producer and marketer), and co-founder and Chairman of Acirca (an organic food company sold to Hain Celestial).
Mr. Cole has also served on boards for a variety of organizations including Sesame Workshop, PBS, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and American Farmland Trust.
Mr. Cole joins other board members, Michael Arbige, EVP Technology of DuPont Genencor Science; Ian Clark, CEO of Genentech; Jim Craigie, Chairman and CEO of Church & Dwight Co.; Chairman Jerry Fiddler, former CEO and founder of Wind River Systems; Peter Kovacs, former President and CEO of NutraSweet Kelco; Ann Mather, former CFO of Pixar and current board member of Google, MGM Holdings Inc., and Netflix; and Jonathan Wolfson, CEO and co-founder of Solazyme.
About Solazyme, Inc.
Solazyme, Inc. (SZYM) is a renewable oil and bioproducts company that transforms a range of low-cost plant-based sugars into high-value oils and food ingredients. Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme's renewable products can replace or enhance oils derived from the world's three existing sources — petroleum, plants and animal fats. Initially, Solazyme is focused on commercializing its products into three target markets: (1) chemicals and fuels, (2) nutrition and (3) skin and personal care.