Solazyme, Inc. (NASDAQ:SZYM) today announced management changes to its operational leadership under CEO Jonathan Wolfson and recently-appointed President David Cole. The Company and Jean-Marc Rotsaert have mutually agreed to his resignation as Chief Operating Officer. With Mr. Cole’s appointment as President in December 2013, Solazyme does not have plans to fill the COO position.
“I want to thank Jean-Marc for helping to build a strong and deep sales organization at Solazyme and we wish him great success in his future endeavors,” said Mr. Wolfson.
In addition, the Company has appointed Robert Webber to the new position of Senior Vice President, Strategic and Operational Planning, reporting to Mr. Cole. He will assume cross-functional responsibility for operating plans across the Company.
Mr. Webber is an accomplished C-level executive with strong expertise in operations. Over the past 25 years, he has led both public and private companies spanning multiple industries, including bio-energy, agriculture and life sciences. Mr. Webber was also a consultant at McKinsey and is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Columbia University School of Law.Mr. Cole commented, “I’ve worked extensively with Rob and his proven track record makes him a perfect addition to the team as we scale production of our tailored oils in 2014.” 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. Solazyme®, the Solazyme logo and other trademarks or service names are trademarks of Solazyme, Inc.