DuPont Danisco adds four to management team

By Anna Austin | January 12, 2009
Web exclusive posted Jan. 30, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. CST

Cellulosic ethanol developer DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC continues to build its management team, with the recent announcement of four new members. DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol is a partnership between DuPont and Danisco AS, which was announced in May 2008.

Barbara Fatina has joined the company as chief financial officer; Stuart Thomas was named director of technology development; Kyle Althoff has become director of feedstock development; and Keith Brazzell was named site manager at DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol's Vonore, Tenn., location where it broke ground in October 2008 on a cellulosic ethanol facility, a process development unit and applications laboratory.

Fatina most recently served as vice president of operations and CFO of Verety LLC. She also held the position of vice president and general manager of retail energy marketing company Exelon Energy Co.

Brazzell possesses more than 20 years of experience in plant management, engineering and operations, which he gained at renewable food and industrial ingredient manufacturer Tate and Lyle. Most recently, he served as plant manager of Tate & Lyle's Loudon, Tenn., facility.

Thomas will integrate the technology of DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol parent companies, and manage on-going technology development programs. Thomas has taken part in research and development at DuPont working on biocatalysts, immobilized cell bioreactor design and optimization, as well as metabolics. Most recently, he served as business development manager for DuPont Clean Technologies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Althoff will assist in plant sitings and develop grower delivery business models, as well as help formulate feedstock strategy, including defining and delivering in-spec feedstock to the company's cellulosic ethanol plants. Most recently, Kyle worked at BBI International, where he managed client projects from financial and market analysis to dry-mill ethanol plant development.

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol's pilot-scale cellulosic ethanol facility is expected to be on line by the end of 2009.