Business Briefs

By Staff | October 07, 2013

Law firm hires senior council
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has announced the addition of Angela James as senior counsel in the Environmental Practice group and the Energy and Sustainability Industry Team. James has worked on matters related to industrial regulatory compliance, air and water permitting, water quality trading, utility ratemaking and energy regulation. Prior to joining Michael Best & Friedrich, she was a senior associate at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and a corporate attorney at Madison Gas and Electric Co. She also served as vice president of government relations at the Wisconsin Paper Council.

Cool Planet adds board member
Cool Planet Energy Systems has added Archie Dunham to its board of directors. Dunham joined Conoco in 1966, eventually serving as chairman, president and CEO, and chaired ConocoPhillips until 2004. He is currently the non-executive chairman on the board of directors of Chesapeake Energy. He is also the past chairman of the United States Energy Association, the National Petroleum Council, the National Association of Manufacturers and a director at the American Petroleum Institute.

Stobart adds chairman
U.K.-based Stobart Group Ltd. has announced the appointment of Iain Ferguson as its chairman, effective Oct. 1. Ferguson is chairman of Berendsen plc and a nonexecutive director on the boards of Balfour Beatty plc and Gregg’s plc. He formerly served as CEO of Tate & Lyle plc, and spent 26 years at Unilever.

Viaspace elects board member
Viaspace Inc. has announced the election of Khurram Irshad to its board of directors. He will take an active role in the company and help lead additional Giant King Grass bioenergy project developments, especially in Pakistan. Irshad is a citizen of Pakistan and a resident of California. He heads the agribusiness consulting firm Amaanco and is founder of Winergy Pakistan Ltd., which is developing a biogas plant at Landhi Cattle Colony in Karachi, Pakistan. He is also chairman and founder of Aquatech Infrastructures Ltd., a water and wastewater treatment company in Pakistan.

Metabolix appoints COO
Metabolix Inc. promoted Johan van Walsem to the position of chief operating officer. In the newly created role, van Walsem will be responsible for the management of the company’s biopolymers, biobased chemicals and crops businesses, as well as the key functional areas that enable these businesses to perform. He most recently served as the company’s vice president of manufacturing and product development, and has more than 20 years of experience in the processing industry.

2 companies certified under PFI standards program
The Pellet Fuels Institute has certified Massena, N.Y.-based Curran Renewable Energy and American Wood Fibers, with locations in Circleville, Ohio, and Marion, Va., under the PFI Standards Program. This is a third-party certification program that provides standard specifications for residential- and commercial-grade fuel.

McGinn confirmed for Navy energy position
Dennis McGinn has been confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and the Environment. He most recently served as president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy. McGinn had a 35-year career with the U.S. Navy, where he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist.

Polymer firm releases new sprayable coating
Germany-based Ceramic Polymer GmbH, a provider of coating systems for biogas applications, has launched a new product line of “winter systems,” which can be applied at ambient temperatures of up to -10 degrees Celsius. The combination of specific fillers and reactive hardener compositions enables the use of the new winter product series during dry winter seasons. The coating systems are sprayable and cure within two to three days. After seven days of curing, the coated surface is generally chemical resistant.