Stephen E. Croskrey
Chief Executive Officer; Member, Board of Directors
Stephen oversees the strategic direction and operations of the company. He brings to the table more than 20 years of experience in providing leadership to companies that manufacture and market products such as industrial fibers, medical devices and law-enforcement gear.
Stephen previously served as the president and CEO of Armor Holdings Products, LLC, a major manufacturer of armor systems. During his six-year tenure there, the company’s annual revenue increased from $45 million to over $300 million, thanks to his completion of 13 acquisitions and associated organic growth. Stephen has also held senior executive positions at Allied Signal and Mobil Oil. He serves on the boards of directors for Surgical Momentum LLC, a healthcare data-analytics firm, and Precysmedtx, LLC, a medical-device company.
Stephen received his MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his BS degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Shortly after, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army and served as a company commander, attaining the rank of captain during his six years of active duty.
John Dowdy III
Chief Financial Officer
John has a long record of achievement in private industry and public accounting, including assisting emergent companies in the transition from privately held to publicly traded businesses. Before joining Danimer Scientific, John served as VP of finance for international business and chief accounting officer (CAO) at Yandex, one of Europe’s largest internet companies and the leading search provider in Russia. As CAO, he played a key role in facilitating the company’s $1.4 billion IPO in 2011.
Prior to Yandex, John was the CAO of CTC Media, assistant corporate controller for Golden Telecom and an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the state of Georgia and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a BA degree in accounting.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael brings decades of experience in manufacturing and continuous-process improvement to Danimer Scientific. Previously, he held high-level manufacturing positions at Ingersoll Rand, Amoco and British Petroleum. His specialties include driving improvements through the use of lean manufacturing techniques and Six Sigma tools. Michael trained at the University of Tennessee and the Juran Institute in Statistical Process Control and Six Sigma as well as at Simpler Consulting in Lean Manufacturing and the Toyota Production System. He holds a BSc in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Isao Noda
Chief Science Officer and Senior Vice President; Member, Board of Directors
An award-winning scientist, Dr. Noda is the inventor of Nodax™ PHA biopolymer and came to Danimer Scientific after a distinguished, three-decade career at Procter & Gamble. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of polymer science and spectroscopy. In his work with two-dimensional infrared (2D IR) correlation spectroscopy, he pioneered the development of a specific type of PHA known as medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoates (mcl-PHA). Dr. Noda holds over 90 patents in the European Union and the U.S., has published over 300 articles and has co-authored three books.
Dr. Noda received PhD and BSc degrees in chemical engineering, an MSc degree in bioengineering and an MPhil degree from Columbia University, as well as a DSc degree in chemistry from the University of Tokyo. In addition to his groundbreaking scientific work at Danimer Scientific, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware.
Chairman, Board of Directors
Before accepting the chairmanship of Danimer Scientific ‘s board of directors, Stuart accumulated 25 years of experience in the commercial real-estate business and is actively involved in all facets of the industry. His experience includes ownership, management, development and redevelopment of office, industrial, retail and residential properties located in greater Boston, Northern New England, Florida and Texas.
His extensive management and development experience includes development, ownership and/or syndication of nearly $250,000,000 in commercial real estate.
From 1984 to 1998, Stuart served as president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Hunneman Real Estate Corporation, a company with over 2,500 employees and a combined operating income of more than $150,000,000 per year. Stuart is now chairman of NAI Hunneman and all of its operating divisions.
Prior to 1984, Stuart held various positions, including chief executive officer of Federal Street Equities, Inc., a syndication and development firm based in Houston; executive vice president of W.C. Codman & Son, Inc; and president of Hunneman Commercial Company.
Stuart holds professional membership in the Society of Industrial Realtors, which he has served as a director and as a member of the National Education Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of Realtors and holds a CCIM designation. Stuart has a BA and a master’s degree from Boston University and has attended the Wharton School of Business.
Phil Van Trump
Chief Technology Officer
As chief technology officer, Phil Van Trump manages research & development, product development, regulatory affairs, and intellectual property for Danimer Scientific. Prior to this role, which he stepped into in 2014, Van Trump worked in a variety of positions within the company, performing bench-scale to pilot-level research as well as playing an integral role in the procurement of equipment and laboratory personnel to advance the company’s objectives. His undergraduate background in molecular biology and microbiology (BSc University of Central Florida) is supplemented by an MBA from Emory University. In addition to his education, he brought to Danimer Scientific over a decade of industry experience. Van Trump’s proficiency in management and scientific insight are a rare combination and are put to use daily as he leads an innovative team of scientists and support personnel in creation of sustainable biopolymer solutions.
Chief Marketing Officer
Scott brings to Danimer Scientific a successful history in international logistics, supply-chain management, transportation, inventory control, operations, sales and warehousing. Prior to entering the field of sustainable biopolymers, he held numerous high-level management positions in sales and operations for a multibillion-dollar transportation company. He also managed multistate territories and divisions for Fortune 500 companies. Scott offers expertise in sales management, strategic planning, operations management and policy implementation. He joined Danimer Scientific in 2006 as vice president of operations and was quickly promoted to senior vice president of operations. Following the company merger in 2014, Scott was appointed chief marketing officer to manage overall sales and marketing. He holds a BBA in logistics and an MBA from Georgia Southern University.
Sr. Vice President of Business Development
With more than 24 years of plastics-industry experience, including 21 as a sales engineer, John brings a working knowledge of plastic products, manufacturing processes and systems engineering to Danimer Scientific. He originally joined the company as an independent sales agent in 2005 and formally joined the executive team as the vice president of business development in 2008. John’s range of industry experience and vast knowledge of packaging applications offer invaluable insight to customers seeking to reduce the environmental impact of their products. He has worked with companies worldwide, educating them on biopolymer applications and integrating biopolymers into their manufacturing facilities. After studying mechanical engineering at Louisiana Tech, John graduated from Louisiana State University in Shreveport with a BS degree in finance.