Mascoma adds to board, staff

Former Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., has joined the board of directors of cellulosic ethanol developer Mascoma Corp. Daschle, who served in office from 1994 to 2005, is a longtime ethanol advocate who sponsored various pieces of legislation to advance the ethanol industry.

Mascoma has also appointed several new company executives. Ginja Collins was named senior vice president of finance. She previously held a similar position with VeraSun Energy Corp. Susan Nedell was named chief administrative officer and will oversee corporate operations, human resources, public relations, communication, information technology, and government and trade association relationships. James H. Flatt was named senior vice president of research and development. Flatt was previously senior vice president of research at Martek Biosciences Corp.