Solazyme Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has announced that Jeffrey Webster has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Webster will be responsible for leading and expanding operational infrastructure across Solazyme as the company continues to scale.
Webster joins Solazyme from Tyson Foods where as Group Vice President and General Manager of the Renewable Products business he had full P&L responsibility for USD 500 million in revenue and was responsible for initiating, funding and building the Dynamic Fuels plant in Geismar, Louisiana which is America's first commercial scale (75 million gallons per year) advanced biofuels facility.
At Tyson, Webster established new growth platforms, partnerships and brands, and pioneered Tyson's efforts into the renewable energy space. He has successfully established partnerships with a multitude of top energy and nutrition companies, including Conoco Phillips and global fuel customers like the US Air Force, while also successfully enacting legislation for second-generation renewable fuels.
While at Tyson, Webster was also responsible for the full operations of the company's food ingredient, pet food ingredient, and animal feed businesses.