SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LS9, Inc., a technology leader in the development of renewable and sustainable chemicals and fuels, today announced the appointment of Tjerk de Ruiter as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. de Ruiter joined LS9 as Chairman of the Board in August 2012 and will maintain that position. Ed Dineen, who has served as CEO of LS9 since December 2010, will remain a member of LS9's board of directors.
"The flexibility of LS9's proprietary technology is what attracted me to the Company, and now we have demonstrated the robustness of the technology with multiple production runs at large scale. We thank Ed for his leadership to advance LS9 to where we are today, and I look forward to his continued contributions as a board member. LS9 has a technology bar none. I welcome the opportunity to expand my role at LS9, and with the strong support of our investors, the Company is poised to advance our technology platform and make the promise of renewable chemicals and fuels become commercial reality," said Mr. de Ruiter.
Mr. de Ruiter's experience includes twelve years at Danisco A/S, including his last five years with the company as the CEO of Genencor, a leading platform technology company. Prior, he held a number of leadership positions at Danisco including Chief Operating Officer Cultures, Specialities and Flavors and Senior Vice President Global Sales and Marketing. In 2004, he was named to the Danisco Executive Committee. Mr. de Ruiter started his career in the flavor and fragrance industry and held multiple positions in both Europe and North America at Quest International. Mr. de Ruiter holds a Masters of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Nijenrode University in Breukelen, Netherlands.
About LS9, Inc.
LS9, Inc. is a technology leader in the commercial development of a growing portfolio of sustainable products to meet the needs of chemical and fuel markets worldwide. Its unique technology platform enables low costs, feedstock flexibility and process simplicity across a diversity of fermentation-derived products ranging from vehicle-ready fuels to chemicals for lubricants, detergents and personal care products. In 2010, LS9 was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's highest environmental honor for its revolutionary technology. The Company's investors include Flagship Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Chevron Technology Ventures and BlackRock. LS9 is headquartered in South San Francisco, California. Further information can be found at www.ls9.com.
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