Stephen E. Croskrey
Chief Executive Officer; Chairman, Board of Directors
Mr. Croskrey has served as Danimer’s chief executive officer and a member of Danimer’s board of directors since February 2016. Mr. Croskrey is a business leader with over 30 years of experience in overseeing the strategic direction and operations of companies that manufacture and market a variety of products such as industrial lubricants, fibers, and law-enforcement gear. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Croskrey served as the president and chief executive officer of Armor Holdings Products, LLC, a major manufacturer of military, law enforcement, and personnel safety equipment. During such tenure its annual revenue increased from $45 million to over $300 million as a result of him overseeing the acquisition and integration of 13 companies and implementing associated organic growth initiatives. Mr. Croskrey has also held senior executive positions at Allied Signal and Mobil Oil. Mr. Croskrey received an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was also 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.
Ms. Basco has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since 2020. Ms. Basco has served as Senior Vice President and Controller of PepsiCo Foods North America, a snack and convenient foods business that includes Frito-Lay North America (FLNA) and Quaker Foods North America. She has extensive experience in financial reporting and oversight in maintaining strong internal controls. During her tenure at PepsiCo, which commenced in January 1996, Ms. Basco has held progressively complex leadership roles, having started in FLNA’s Control organization, working across multiple functions before moving to the FLNA Finance Transformation team. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Ms. Basco was an accounting manager at American Airlines, Inc. and started her career as a public accountant with accounting firm of Arthur Andersen, LLP. Ms. Basco is a Certified Public Accountant and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University.
Dr. Isao Noda
Dr. Noda has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since 2016. Prior to joining Danimer, he had a distinguished career extending over three decades at Procter & Gamble and is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of polymer science, including the field of bioplastics known as PHA. Currently, Dr. Noda is an affiliated teaching professor at the University of Delaware. Dr. Noda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science in Bioengineering, a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University. He earned a Doctorate in Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Tokyo.
John P. Amboian
Mr. Amboian is a business leader with over 30 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital management, product development, branding, and distribution for both privately held and public companies, across multiple industries. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nuveen Investments, Inc., or Nuveen (formerly NYSE: JNC), from 2007 to 2016. He was President of Nuveen from 1999 through 2007 after joining as its Chief Financial Officer from 1995 to 1999. During his time in leadership positions at Nuveen, Mr. Amboian participated in over 20 M&A and capital markets transactions, in addition to playing a leading role in Nuveen’s sale to an investment group led by Madison Dearborn, in 2007 and Nuveen’s sale process to TIAA (Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association of New York) in 2014. Mr. Amboian served on the Nuveen Mutual Funds board from 2007 through 2016 in addition to serving on Nuveen Investments’ public board from 1996 through 2007. Prior to Nuveen, Mr. Amboian was the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategy of the Miller Brewing Company. He began his career in Corporate and International Finance at Kraft Foods, Inc., where he ended his tenure as Treasurer. Since 2013, Mr. Amboian has served at Madison Dearborn Partners as an industry advisor and is an Independent Director of the general partnership of Adams Street Partners, a private-markets investment firm. Additionally, since 2017 Mr. Amboian has been a senior advisor to Estancia Capital and since 2018 chaired the board of North Square Investments, a boutique asset management firm. Mr. Amboian is on the advisory board of Cresset Capital Management, a wealth management firm, and advises several small businesses on organic and inorganic growth initiatives through JA Capital Advisors, LLC. He received both his Bachelor’s degree and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Richard J. Hendrix
Mr. Hendrix has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since 2020. Mr. Hendrix has served as Live Oak Chief Executive Officer and as a director on Live Oak’s board since May 2020. He has significant experience in executive leadership, corporate strategy, M&A, capital markets and corporate finance for public companies. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hendrix has worked extensively with issuers and investors focused on companies in the financial services, real estate, energy, industrial, and business and consumer services sectors. He has led dozens of initial equity offerings for founder-led and Sponsor-backed companies primarily within the banking, insurance and real estate sectors. Additionally, Mr. Hendrix has considerable experience advising chief executives, boards of directors and large shareholders regarding strategy, capital structure and capital access. He has significant leadership experience in the financial industry, having served as Chief Executive Officer of FBR & Co., or FBR (formerly Nasdaq: FBRC), a capital markets firm, from 2009 to 2017, and Chairman from 2012 to 2017. Mr. Hendrix helped FBR grow into a leading bookrunner for initial common stock offerings for middle market U.S. companies. While at FBR Mr. Hendrix oversaw the growth of the company and oversaw numerous strategic transactions while in his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at FBR, ultimately executing a merger with B. Riley Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: RILY) in 2017. Following the merger, Mr. Hendrix served as director of B. Riley Financial until October 2017. Prior to his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of FBR, Mr. Hendrix served as Arlington Asset Investment Corp.’s (NYSE: AI) President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2007 and its Chief Investment Officer from 2003 to 2004. Previously, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of FBR Asset Investment Corporation and concurrently headed the Real Estate and Diversified Industrials Investment Banking groups of FBR. Prior to FBR, Mr. Hendrix was a Managing Director in PNC Capital Markets’ investment banking group and headed PNC’s asset-backed securities business. Mr. Hendrix is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Live Oak Merchant Partners, a merchant bank providing capital and advisory services to middle market companies across several industries. Mr. Hendrix also currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Crestview Partners, a private equity firm, since 2017 and is currently the Chairman of Protect My Car, a portfolio company of Crestview Partners that provides extended auto warranty plans to consumers. Mr. Hendrix’s affiliation with Crestview Partners began with Crestview’s investment in FBR over a decade before. In the last five years, Mr. Hendrix has also been the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RJH Management Co, a privately held investment management business. Mr. Hendrix received his B.S.in Finance from Miami University.
Philip Gregory Calhoun
Mr. Calhoun has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since 2014 and was a director of Danimer’s Meredian, Inc. and Danimer Scientific, L.L.C. subsidiaries prior to their merger in June 2014. Mr. Calhoun is president and chief executive officer of Circle C. Farms, Inc., a commercial farm and cattle ranch located in Colquitt, Georgia, where Mr. Calhoun has worked since 1981. Mr. Calhoun also is the sole proprietor of GC Sprayer Service, Inc., a crop-dusting operation in Colquitt, Georgia. Mr. Calhoun also serves as a director of First National Bank of Decatur County located in Bainbridge, Georgia, Miller County Gin in Colquitt, Georgia and American Peanut Growers, a peanut-shelling plant in Donalsonville, Georgia.
Mr. Hunt has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since June 2019. Since May 2012, Mr. Hunt has been the chief financial officer and treasurer of Apollo Management, LP, the investment adviser to Apollo Investment Corp., a management investment company. From April 2010 to May 2012, he served as the Executive Vice President and chief financial officer for Yankee Candle Company. Prior to joining Yankee Candle, from 2007 to 2010, Mr. Hunt served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic and Commercial Development for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Prior to joining Norwegian Cruise Lines, Mr. Hunt served as chief financial officer and chief restructuring officer of Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2007 and the chief financial officer and co-chief executive of Syratech Corporation from 2001 to 2006. Prior to Syratech, he held several senior financial leadership positions including chief financial officer of NRT Inc., Culligan Water Technologies, Inc. and Samsonite Corporation. Mr. Hunt currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Kymera Corporation and audit committee chairman, a member of the board of directors of GoodWest Industries and co-chairman of the board of advisors for the University of Vermont School of Business. Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with dual concentration in finance from the University of Vermont.
Mr. Pratt has been a member of Danimer’s board of directors since May 2015. Since 2001, Mr. Pratt has been the president and chief executive officer of the Fort Point Real-Estate Company. He also has served as the chairman of the board of Hunneman, a commercial real estate firm in Boston, Massachusetts since 2016 and previously served as its chief executive officer. In the 1970s, he was the chief executive officer of Federal Street Equities based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Pratt currently serves on the board of overseers of Boston University and is also a trustee emeritus of Boston University where he was chairman of the Real Estate Committee and served on its Audit, Academic Affairs and Finance committees. Additionally, he also serves as a trustee and chairman of the board of the Peabody Essex Museum, a director of Maritime International Inc. based in Bedford, Massachusetts and Avrio AI based in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Pratt received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University.
Chief Corporate Development Officer
With many years of experience as a Corporate Development executive, Deborah brings a strong background in M&A and technology licensing across numerous industries such as pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, maternal and infant nutrition as well as food and beverages to Danimer Scientific. Before joining Danimer Scientific, Deborah led Technology Licensing within Open Innovation & Venturing at Nestlé’s international headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland.
Deborah holds a Master of International Affairs with a concentration in International Finance and Business from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts from Assumption College in Politics and Philosophy.
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 passed the CPA examination 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.
Phil Van Trump
Chief Science and 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.
Scott C. Tuten
Chief Marketing and Sustainability 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.
General Manager and President of Danimer Scientific Catalytic Processes
Prior to the acquisition of Novomer by Danimer Scientific, Jeff served as President and CEO of Novomer where Jeff led strategy and technology development of the Company’s proprietary conversion technology. Previously, Jeff served as President and CEO for Sirrus, Inc., the leading developer of methylene malonate technology. At Sirrus, he led a successful sale process to Nippon Shokubai and managed engineering, intellectual property, and commercial activities. Uhrig also served as vice president of corporate development at Elevance Renewable Sciences and was vice president in the clean technology investment banking group at Piper Jaffray & Co.
Jeff holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and an MBA and Master of Engineering Management with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Applied Sciences at Northwestern University, respectively.
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.