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Solazyme Appoints Jean-Marc Rotsaert as COO
October 25, 2012
olazyme has announced that Jean-Marc Rotsaert has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mr. Rotsaert will be responsible for leading Solazyme’s operations, including the continued expansion of the tailored oils sales and marketing organization, with a focus on the industrial and nutritional markets.
“Jean-Marc is a proven leader who has a deep understanding of the international and domestic triglyceride oils market. His impressive track record of success in leading businesses through rapid growth is ideally suited for Solazyme at a time when we are scaling our commercial operations,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme.
“Solazyme is in a rapid growth phase and I am excited to join the team in commercializing this ground breaking technology that will change the oil paradigm,” said Mr. Rotsaert.
Mr. Rotsaert joins Solazyme from AAK where he was the President and CEO of the U.S. business. AAK is a leading global provider of specialty vegetable oils and fats to many industries. The profits of the U.S. business more than quadrupled over his tenure in the midst of the global financial crisis. Prior to his work with AAK, Mr. Rotsaert was Vice President of Science and Technology at Campbell’s Soup. Before that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Pepsico International (UK and Ireland) where he was a main operating board member accountable for the management of a $2 billion business unit.