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Virent names Stacey Orlandi as CEO

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Virent has announced the appointment of Stacey Orlandi as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Orlandi will lead efforts to commercialise Virent’s technology for the large scale production of renewable fuels and chemicals and replace Lee Edwards, who has elected to retire after serving for eight years as CEO.

"I am excited to be joining Virent at such a pivotal time for the company’s scale-up plans and to be leading a team of passionate, highly capable and motivated individuals," said Stacey Orlandi. “The strategic relationships with Tesoro and the Consortium partners Johnson Matthey, Toray and Coca-Cola add significant capability and momentum to our commercialisation efforts."

“Tesoro is very pleased to have Stacey on board to lead the Virent team and support our commitment to renewables,” said CJ Warner, Tesoro’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “She brings a unique combination of success in technology, manufacturing and supply which are all high priorities as Virent progresses plans for commercialisation.”

“I would also like to thank Lee Edwards for his eight years of dedication and success at Virent,” Warner continued. “Lee has been a great champion for the renewables industry and an exceptional leader for Virent as the company advanced the BioForming technology to the point where we can focus on scale-up and commercialisation with Consortium partners.”

Orlandi brings over 18 years of international energy experience to Virent. Most recently, she was Vice President Technology for Novel Processes and New Energies at Royal Dutch Shell, and previously with BP where she held numerous roles, including Cherry Point Refinery Manager, Refining Technology Development Manager and Refining Supply Manager. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and has relocated with her family to Madison, Wisconsin.

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