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Guy Penard

Guy is an advisor, hands-on operator, and partner in start-up companies focused on sustainable chemistry, food and feed, and energy businesses. Throughout his career, he has worked in a wide variety of executive positions at the interface between novel materials and sustainable technologies and businesses. He brings extensive experience in the development and execution of strategy as well as international business development and growth. 

He is an experienced leader for both industrial bio-based and fossil-based technologies and products for commodities and specialties. He has been an executive in industrial bio-tech, plastics, fine particles (pigments, minerals), oleochemicals, advanced composite aerospace materials, specialty plastic compounds and, color/additive concentrate businesses.  

During the last five years he is a Senior Vice President with Kiverdi, Inc., California, a sustainable biotech company focused on converting CO2 into food/feed, specialty oils, and chemicals. He is a Senior Partner in VxO BV in the Netherlands, a partnership getting bio-based start-up companies off the ground. 

He has been living and working around the world and has grown, turned-around and professionalized global businesses from start-ups to large corporations, creating customer and shareholder value, implementing global joint ventures, and building business partnerships. His core strengths are getting things done, high-level contract negotiations, new business development, marketing/sales, business process (re-)engineering, people development in an international business environment. He has worked and lived around the world and has a degree in Chemical Engineering (BSc) and an MBA of the University of Twente, The Netherlands.