Board Chair and Independent Director
Dr. Yves Ribeill has served as a member of our Board since July 2018 and was appointed as the Executive Chair of the Board of Directors since February 2021. In his capacity as Executive Chair, Dr. Ribeill serves as the Company’s principal executive officer until a new Chief Executive Officer is appointed. Dr. Ribeill served as Calyxt’s interim Chief Executive Officer from August 2018 until October 2018. Since August 2017, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Ribogenics, Inc., which is a private biotechnology company working on microbiome re-engineering. Dr. Ribeill was also a founder of Scynexis, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCYX), served as its President from November 1999 until July 2015 and served as its Chief Executive Officer from November 1999 until April 2015. Before his work with Scynexis, Dr. Ribeill served in various positions during the 35 years of his international career with Rhone-Poulenc, Aventis including Discovery Chemistry Group leader for Anti-Viral Research and later in the Central Nervous System Group in France. He also served as Group Leader in the Cardiovascular Group in England. Upon his return to France, Dr. Ribeill served as Director of Chemistry for the Anti-Infective Group. He was involved in all phases of the drug discovery and development effort that resulted in the FDA approval of multiple drugs. He served as a Director of Scynexis, Inc. from November 1999 to March 2016 and has been a director of various other biotechnology companies in Europe and the United States. He is the author of more than 26 publications and 15 patents. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization and of the Medicine Malaria Venture in Geneva. Dr. Ribeill has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier.
Mr. Arthaud previously served as a member of the Company’s Board from July 2017 to May 2019 and has served as a member of Cellectis’ board of directors since 2011. Mr. Arthaud has been the Managing Director of Life Sciences and Ecotechnologies for Bpifrance Investissement (formerly CDC Enterprises, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts) since 2012. Mr. Arthaud is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale de Statistique et d’Administration Économique.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael A. Carr joined Calyxt as a Director and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2021. Mr. Carr brings more than 20 years of business, financial, and operational leadership experience to Calyxt. He was previously the Vice President of M&A, Strategy, and Innovation at Darling Ingredients, Inc., a global developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients and renewable energy. Prior to joining Darling Ingredients, Mr. Carr was a Partner at BAC Investments, an established consulting, advisory, and investment firm. Previously, he held multiple positions at American Capital, a global private equity and asset management firm. Mr. Carr also served on the Boards of Directors for EnviroFlight – a brand of Darling Ingredients, Best Life and Health Insurance Company, ACG Global, and several portfolio companies of American Capital Limited, including United Food Group. He obtained his M.B.A. from the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University, and he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from California State University – Northridge.
Philippe Dumont has served as a member of our Board since July 2017. Mr. Dumont retired in December 2012 from Bayer CropScience, where he was employed since May 2002. At Bayer he held the position of Head of Technology Management, Seeds, and was responsible for supervising globally the Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Science functions, Stewardship, Public, and Governmental Affairs and Communication impacting GMOs and seeds. Until 2006 Mr. Dumont also supervised the Legal and Intellectual Property functions in the seed business. Mr. Dumont also held the same responsibilities at Aventis Crop Science from December 1998 until April 2002. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Dumont was General Counsel of Rhône-Poulenc Agrochimie. Prior to moving to France in 1987, Mr. Dumont held positions as an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore (1975-1981), international legal counsel at Gulf Oil Corporation (1981-1983), and as solo practitioner in Washington D.C. from 1983-1986. Mr. Dumont is retired from the New York and District of Columbia Bars and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1975) and Columbia University (B.A., magna cum laude 1972). Since June 2013, he has been serving as a director of Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales, responsible for international relations, where he tries to promote public and governmental understanding of new breeding techniques and related regulatory issues.
Jonathan B. Fassberg has served as a member of our Board since August 2018. Mr. Fassberg is currently the Vice Chairman of Healthcare Investment Banking at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., a leading investment bank, wealth manager, and a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings. Mr. Fassberg founded The Trout Group in 1996 and was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Solebury Trout LLC since the Trout Group’s acquisition by Solebury Communications in November 2017 until March 2021. Mr. Fassberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Anna Ewa Kozicz-Stankiewicz (Ewa Kozicz) has served as a member of our Board since July 2017. In July 2017, Ms. Kozicz partnered with Cowen Investment Management to create Cowen Sustainable Investments focused on sustainability in agriculture, energy, and transportation services. Prior to this partnership, Ms. Kozicz held management roles at BlackRock from 2012 to 2017, including Head of US Strategy and Corporate Development as well as investing roles as Portfolio Manager of a private asset portfolio for ABR Reinsurance Ltd., a Bermuda based reinsurance company which Ms. Kozicz helped to set up on behalf of BlackRock. From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Kozicz worked as an equity Portfolio Manager at Caxton Associates. From 2000 to 2009, Ms. Kozicz held multiple positions at Goldman Sachs, including Managing Director, and spent most of her time in the Principal Strategies Group with a focus on investing in the global agricultural sector. During her time at Goldman Sachs, she served as a director on the board of a New York-based federal credit union Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union. She started her career in investment banking in 1996 at Credit Suisse First Boston in its Financial Institutions Group. Ms. Kozicz received a Bachelor of Arts in Math and Economics from Columbia College and her MBA from Columbia Business School.
Kimberly K. Nelson (Kim Nelson) has served as a member of our Board since January 2019. Ms. Nelson has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SPS Commerce (NASDAQ: SPSC), a provider of cloud-based supply chain management solutions, since November 2007. Ms. Nelson has also served on the Board of Qumu Corporation (NASDAQ: QUMU), a video content management company, from March 2012 until May 2019. Since November 2019, Ms. Nelson has served at the Board of Directors of Teradata, a provider of database and analytics-related software, products, and services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, and completed the Executive MBA program at the University of Saint Thomas. Ms. Nelson has provided financial direction at several companies over her 30-year career including Amazon.com, Nestlé USA Inc., and The Pillsbury Company.
Christopher J. Neugent (Chris Neugent) has served as a member of our Board since September 2018. Mr. Neugent has served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy of Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POST), which is a $6.0 billion holding company with six operating divisions, since July 2018. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of Post Consumer Brands from its founding in November 2015 until July 2018. Previously, Mr. Neugent held various leadership roles at MOM Brands Company beginning in 2001. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MOM Brands Company beginning in 2008, and also assumed the responsibilities of Chairman of the Board in 2011. Mr. Neugent held these roles until Post acquired MOM Brands Company in 2015. Prior to joining MOM Brands in 2001, Mr. Neugent was a Vice President of Marketing at Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo. Mr. Neugent served in a variety of marketing, sales, and financial roles at Frito-Lay from 1989-2001. Mr. Neugent has served on the Board of Welch Foods, Inc. since February 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Princeton University and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business.
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