Business Briefs

By Staff | November 20, 2012

Viessmann hires technical sales manager
Viessmann Ltd. has appointed John Brain as technical sales manager of its products division. In his new position, Brain will provide support for the commercial sales team across the U.K. and develop Viessmann’s product offering in biomass and combined-heat-and-power modules. He reports to Nigel Jefferson, sales director of commercial and renewable products. Prior to joining Viessman, Brain was employed by boiler manufacturer Hartley and Sugden. He has 20 years of experience in commercial and industrial boilers, including steam projects. Viessmann manufactures a variety of heating systems that range in size from 1.5 to 116,000 kW, including biomass boilers, CHP systems, oil and gas-fired boilers, solar and photovoltaic systems, and ground and air and water heat pumps.

Glycos Biotechnologies adds board member
Glycos Biotechnologies Inc. has appointed Wan Abdul Rahaman bin WanYaacob to its Asia board of directors. WanYaacob has 40 years of experience working in the biotechnology and rubber industries, in both research and executive level positions. He currently serves as the advisor of biotechnology initiatives for the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority in Malaysia. He is also an adjunct professor in the department of biochemistry, biotechnology and biomolecular science at the University of Putra Malaysia. WanYaacob also formerly served as executive vice president of Eco System for the Innovation Agency of Malaysia. As a member of Glycos Biotechnologies’ board, his knowledge of rubber and experience in the industry will be an asset to the company as it completes construction of its Malaysian facility and begins production of biobased isoprene, trademarked Bio-SIM.

Amyris appoints vice president of global manufacturing, process development
Charles Kraft is joining Amyris Inc. as the company’s new vice president of global manufacturing and process development. Kraft is a veteran of the specialty fermentation industry. As a member of the Amyris team, he will help the company take its industrial manufacturing capabilities to the next phase. Prior to joining Amyris, he served as vice president of operations and vice president of engineering at DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts, a joint venture producing 1,3 propanediol via the fermentation of sugars. He also spent nearly 20 years with Tate & Lyle’s citric acid production facility, where he held a number of operational positions.

Fenz joins Virent’s board of directors
Virent Inc. has added R. Krug Fenz to its board of directors. Fenz currently serves as senior manager of mergers and acquisitions and commercial finance in the Americas for Shell Oil Co. Prior to joining Shell in 1996, Fenz worked at a variety of international consulting firms and Fortune 500 companies, including Ross Corp., Ecolab, Lone Star Technologies, Pennzoil, Diamond Shamrock and Gulf Oil. He has 30 years of management experience and has spearheaded corporate growth and diversification through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, commercial product introduction, financing new business ventures and strategic planning.

M-E-C adds vice president of sales
M-E-C Co. has hired Stephen Rice to serve as its vice president of sales. M-E-C is a worldwide supplier of industrial dryer systems. Rice has extensive experience in the wood products industry. Prior to joining M-E-C, he served as president of Kilntek Inc., where he was responsible for establishing a business for manufacturing and installation of equipment for drying lumber and various combustions systems. Rice has also served as managing director of four engineering divisions throughout the U.S. and Canada for Moore International. In his new position with M-E-C, Rice will report to John Quick, the company’s president. His responsibilities will include the management and supervision of domestic and international sales teams.