Solazyme hires chief commercialization officer

By Solazyme Inc. | August 02, 2011

Solazyme Inc. announced that Rogerio Manso has recently joined the company as its chief commercialization officer. Manso will lead the commercialization of Solazyme’s tailored oil platform globally, helping to build manufacturing capacity and bring Solazyme’s products to market in Brazil and abroad.

Manso is an experienced executive with a background in the oil and gas industry and in the accelerated deployment of a multiplant project in the sugar and ethanol sector in Brazil. He spent 28 years at Petrobras where he served in various leadership roles, with an accomplished record in the development of markets for Brazilian oils and oil products in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. He became Petrobras’ downstream director and a member of its executive committee, with responsibility over refining and marketing, petrochemicals, transportation and logistics, where he implemented a focused multibillion dollar refinery investment program.

He served as a member of the board of directors of chemical companies Petroquisa and Copesul, now a part of Braskem. He was also a member of Petrobras’ R&D committee, of BM&FBovespa’s sugar and ethanol advisory board, chairman of the board of joint-venture refinery Refap S.A. and TBG, Bolivia-Brazil’s gas pipeline. After leaving Petrobras in 2007, Manso joined the startup Brazilian renewable energy company Brenco, now a part of ETH Bioenergia, as the executive vice president of commercial and logistics, later assuming its chief operating officer role.

“Rogerio is a seasoned executive and brings an incredible set of experiences to Solazyme,” said Jonathan Wolfson, Solazyme CEO. “He is uniquely equipped to commercialize our technology globally, and brings deep expertise in Brazil, a region of critical importance to our company. His background is an excellent fit with Solazyme’s growth strategy.”

“Solazyme’s clear technology leadership, and the broad opportunity that it presents through its tailored oils platform makes this a tremendous growth opportunity,” said Manso. “I am looking forward to working closely with the high-quality partners and the enthusiastic and knowledgeable people at Solazyme in the deployment of this disruptive sugar-to-oil technology.”