HOUSTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SYMX), an alternative energy technology company that provides advanced technology products and solutions to the energy and chemical industries, announced today that Dr. John D. Winter has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Project Operations. In this newly created position, Dr. Winter will be responsible for overseeing the Zao Zhuang and Yima joint ventures along with the Company's engineering and equipment sourcing activities. He will report to Robert Rigdon, President and CEO. "Dr. Winter is one of the industry's most experienced individuals in coal and biomass gasification. He brings a wealth of experience in gasification technology research, engineering design, technical services, and gasification plant operations," stated Mr. Rigdon. "I am very pleased to have John join the SES team. Having John working together with our CTO, Francis Lau – who has over 30 years of U-GAS® research and design experience - greatly broadens and deepens our technology, engineering and services capabilities that will be invaluable as we continue to execute our value-creation strategy during 2011 and beyond." Dr. Winter commented, "Synthesis Energy Systems brings a unique, clean, efficient and effective technology solution to unlock the tremendous commercial potential of low rank coals, which are urgently needed but remain largely untapped. In addition the U-GAS® technology's capability to efficiently gasify a wide range of biomass feed stocks positions SES well to participate in the growth of the future renewable fuels business. For these reasons, I see great growth potential in SES. I am very excited to join the Company at this critical juncture and look forward to working with the team." Dr. Winter (age 56) has over 30 years of experience in the petrochemical industry with more than 15 years of experience in gasification stemming from Texaco and later GE where he was the Chief Engineer for GE's Gasification business. After leaving GE, Dr. Winter was Vice President of Engineering at Evergreen Energy, Inc., a leading green energy solutions company, and most recently Senior Vice President of Technology at Range Fuels, Inc.