Business Briefs

By Staff | August 15, 2014

Elevance names board member
Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. has announced Steven Mills will join its board of directors. Mills is experienced in the fields of accounting, corporate finance, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. He previously served as chief financial officer of Amyris Inc. and as senior executive vice president of performance and growth at Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Dyadic appoints board member
Dyadic International Inc. has appointed Michael Tarnok to its board of directors. He will also serve on the company’s audit and compensation committees. Tarnok has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry across many key areas including finance, operations and marketing. He is chairman and former interim CEO of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. and spent the majority of his career at Pfizer Inc.

Metso announces security solution, software improvements, new orders
Metso has announced its security business solution, which provides the necessary safeguards to protect automation systems from attack by cyber threats and malware. The company’s security business solution includes regular assessments of the installations with audits to identify and help eliminate vulnerabilities. Key risk mitigation techniques, including firewalls and virtual private networks, are supplemented with virus-protection software custom configured to the automation system. Metso also recently announced its ExperTune PlantTriage software now performs continuous assessments of the performance of model predictive controls (MPC). In addition, the company announced it has been awarded four repeat orders from CNIM group to supply automation to two waste-to-energy plants and two biomass-to-energy plants, all in the U.K.

ABO announces executive director, new board members
The Algae Biomass Organization has announced the appointment of a new executive director and the election of eight members to its board of directors. The ABO has named Matthew Carr as executive director. He has more than a decade of policy and advocacy experience, most recently serving as managing director of the industrial and environmental section as the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Newly elected board members are Michael Lakeman, associate technical fellow at Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Martin Sabarsky, CEO of Cellana, Inc.; and Emilie Slaby, senior business development manager at the Scoular Co. Re-elected board members include Mark Allen, vice president of integrated carbons solutions at Accelergy Corp.; John Benemann, CEO of MicroBio Engineering Inc.; Tom Byrne, president and CEO of Byrne & Co. Ltd.; B. Gregory Mitchell, research scientist at the University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Joel Murdock, managing director of Strategic Projects at FedEx Express.

CBI expands workforce
Continental Biomass Industries has hired Bill Dicey as service manager. He has 20 years of experience in parts and service management and will lead the service department in expanding the company's service offerings and elevating the CBI customer experience. Wayne Pearson has been hired as materials manager. Pearson has more than 25 years of materials management background and will lead the development of a highly flexible materials team focused on reducing lead times and improving stock service levels. CBI has also promoted Nate Eskeland to parts manager. He has worked at CBI for 11 years and will lead the company’s parts department in improving the distribution of parts to customers and dealers, ensuring order accuracy and timely deliveries. In addition, Tim Griffing has returned to the company as a stationary sales engineer covering North America. He has more than 20 years of experience in the design of sales and stationary systems for the wide range of markets CBI services.