We lead the synthetic biology industry, having developed and successfully commercialized the most Lab-to-Market™ ingredients. Our sustainable ingredients are used in thousands of top global brands, including our own family of consumer brands in Clean Beauty and Health markets.
Our leadership team is comprised of an exceptional group of executives who are championing a new technology and market innovation while creating significant growth opportunities as part of a company that is leading the advanced bioeconomy.
John Melo has 30 years of combined experience as an entrepreneur and thought leader in developing and growing technology companies and as a senior executive in the Oil & Gas industry. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Melo has led Amyris through successful technology development, industrial start up, product development and commercialization and a series of funding rounds, including the initial public offering. Before joining Amyris in 2007, Mr. Melo served in various senior executive positions at BP Plc (formerly British Petroleum) most recently as President of U.S. fuels operations where he successfully led a business transformation and significantly improved the financial performance. During his tenure at BP, Mr. Melo also served as Chief Information Officer of the refining and marketing segment; Senior Advisor for e-business strategy to Lord Browne, BP group chief executive; and Director of global brand development. In this last role, he helped develop the “Helios” re-branding effort. Before joining BP, Mr. Melo was with Ernst & Young. Mr. Melo currently serves on the board of directors of Renmatix Inc., serves on the board of directors of BayBio, serves on the Bio Industrial and Environmental section governing board, is a member of the Council for the Portuguese Diaspora and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was formerly an appointed member to the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. When not working on the mission of making sustainable chemistry mainstream or championing the eradication of malaria, John enjoys skiing, reading and time with his family on the island of Pico in the Azores, his childhood home.
Han Kieftenbeld joined Amyris as Chief Financial Officer in March 2020 and was appointed Chief Administration Officer in July 2020. He brings over 30 years of international business leadership, finance and operations experience in food, health and nutrition end-markets. Most recently, from April 2016 to April 2019, Mr. Kieftenbeld served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innophos Holdings, Inc., a leading international science-based producer of essential ingredients for health and nutrition, food and beverage and industrial brands. From June 2014 to July 2015, Mr. Kieftenbeld served as the Global Chief Financial Officer at AB Mauri, a worldwide leader in bakery ingredients. Prior to that, Mr. Kieftenbeld held finance and operations roles of increasing reach and impact, including serving as Global Chief Procurement Officer of Ingredion Incorporated, and Global Chief Financial Officer of National Starch. Mr. Kieftenbeld started his career at Unilever in the Netherlands. Mr. Kieftenbeld earned a joint master’s degree from New York University Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and Political Science, and the HEC School of Management, Paris. He holds a B.S. in Business Economics and Accounting from Windesheim University in the Netherlands.
Eduardo Alvarez joined Amyris as Chief Operating Officer in October 2017. He has over 30 years of global operations experience both running and advising growth companies. Previously, he served as Global Operations Strategy Leader for PwC. During his tenure, he co-led the integration of his prior company, Booz & Company, following its acquisition by PwC. In his role, he grew operations into a global practice with $1.5 billion in revenue and 4,000 employees. His assignments focused on delivering structural cost improvements while also driving sustained revenue growth. His experience also includes roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, General Electric and AT&T. Alvarez holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in computer control and manufacturing from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a board member of The Chicago Council of Global Affairs.
Nicole Kelsey joined Amyris as General Counsel and Secretary in August 2017. Her areas of expertise range from international M&A to U.S. Securities laws and multi-jurisdictional corporate governance. Prior to joining Amyris, she served as General Counsel and Secretary of Criteo, a global leader in commerce marketing based in Paris, where she built a best-in-class legal department providing commercial, corporate, and compliance services to support the company’s worldwide operations. Previously, Ms. Kelsey was the senior securities lawyer for Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology; she served as head M&A attorney for CIT Group, Inc.; was the general counsel of a private merchant bank; and was the senior corporate attorney for the international conglomerate Vivendi. Before going in-house, Ms. Kelsey practiced with the law firms of White & Case and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, in Paris and New York. A Fulbright scholar, Ms. Kelsey holds a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from The Ohio State University, and is admitted to practice law in both New York and Minnesota.
Beth Bannerman joined Amyris in June 2018 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & Engagement and was appointed Chief Engagement & Sustainability Officer in July 2020. A principal strategist and advisor to the CEO and executive staff, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the company’s communications and all aspects of internal and external communications delivery.
Most recently, she was working in the United Kingdom as the Head of Communications at The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, PLC, where she advised the Chief Operating Officer on issues ranging from innovation and technology, disruptive business modelling, customer experience, and employee engagement. Previously, she advised the bank’s Chief Financial Officer and other C-level executives, on communications. She also led the bank-wide change management communications strategy and had senior responsibility for crisis, policy, media, and business communications.
Prior to RBS, Beth led consumer banking communications for Citizens Financial Group, including sales and service, and was part of the core re-branding team which launched the Good Banking is Good Citizenship campaign to customers, colleagues and the community.
Beth started her career as a newspaper journalist and editor, until joining five former Dow Jones senior executives as Director of Operations and E-Commerce to build an internet startup – a real-time news and information service that provided original reporting, data and timely analysis in several vertical markets: energy, commercial real estate, construction, and emerging markets.
She has earned a number of communication and engagement awards throughout her career, including the 2017 Cannes Silver Award for corporate film.
Sunil Chandran leads Amyris research and development including collaborations as Chief Science Officer & Head of Research & Development. Previously, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Research and Development in 2019. With more than 15 years of experience in industrial biotechnology, he has a proven track record of bringing multiple biotech products to market. Since joining Amyris in 2006, Sunil has led multiple metabolic engineering focused projects, and was the primary architect of our world-class Automated Strain Engineering (ASE) platform. Notably in 2015, Sunil was the principal investigator who led an ambitious project that earned Amyris a $35 million Technology Investment Agreement from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Prior to joining Amyris, Sunil was a scientist at Kosan Biosciences, where he studied the ability of polyketide synthases to make novel pharmaceutical drug candidates. He has more than 20 published scientific papers, book chapters, and patents and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on biotechnology. He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Mumbai, an MS in chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Michigan State University. Sunil also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Francisco Costa joined Amyris as Chief Creative Officer in March, 2021. Prior to his arrival at Amyris, Francisco spent 13 years as Creative Director of womenswear for Calvin Klein, working directly with Calvin Klein and with other top design houses such as Gucci, Balmain Couture, and Oscar de la Renta. Mr. Costa’s first collection for the house debuted for Spring 2004.. After his departure from the brand in 2016, Costa, an avid environmentalist, returned to his home country of Brazil where he discovered local healing rituals and an untapped wealth of curative native ingredients in the Amazon rainforest.
After realizing quickly that there was an urgent need for conservation, Costa
launched Costa Brazil, an eco-forward skincare and fragrance line with products made from natural ingredients found in the Amazon rainforest. The brand works in partnership with local cooperatives and scientists, ensuring protection of both body and Earth.
Francisco Costa is engaged in numerous social causes in Brazil and around the world. He designed the logo for BrazilFoundation's #TeamRio campaign – an initiative raising awareness and funds for social projects in the city of Rio de Janeiro, at the occasion of the Olympic Games.
Design Award, presented to those who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in design.
Mr. Costa is involved with the fight against HIV/AIDS on a number of fronts. He serves on the board of the New York-based AIDS Community Research Initiative of America and is a past contributor to Designers Against AIDS, which works to raise funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS and prevention around the world. He also served as a presenting designer at the 2010 Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, the annual global fundraiser organized by AIDS LIFE, which supports various AIDS charity organizations including amfAR.
Mr. Costa works and resides in New York City.
Elizabeth Dreyer joined Amyris in October 2022 as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller. She brings over 20 years of U.S. public company accounting experience with more than 10 years of experience as Chief Accounting Officer of public companies. Most recently, she served as Chief Accounting Officer of Travel + Leisure Co., a publicly-traded global provider of hospitality services and travel products from April 2018 until September 2022. Previously, Ms. Dreyer served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Edgewell Personal Care Company, a manufacturer and marketer of consumer products, from January 2015 to March 2018. Prior to Edgewell, Ms. Dreyer was Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Hillenbrand Inc. from October 2010 to January 2015. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Finance with Zimmer Corp., Chief Financial Officer of Createc Corporation, and Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness of ADESA, Inc. Ms. Dreyer began her career with Deloitte & Touche LLP in its assurance services practice. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Ms. Dreyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington.
As the president of Onda Beauty, Jane Hong Fernandez draws upon a wealth of experience gathered over the years: from an Ivy League education and time spent on Wall Street and at leading consumer brands. Jane graduated from Princeton University before launching her career on Wall Street as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. She then attended graduate school at MIT Sloan School of Management; that summer, she was an MBA intern at Nike’s headquarters, where she gained invaluable branding experience. Upon earning her MBA, Jane proved integral to the growth and expansion of digital agency HUGE and luxury furniture marketplace 1stdibs. 2017 saw her join Paintbox as CEO, the high-design nail studio in New York City, where she again helped to nurture and grow the company. Jane was pivotal in redefining the nail art experience and creating Paintbox’s bespoke line of nail lacquers and nail care. She led the company through the uncertain times of COVID and completed an acquisition by MiniLuxe. In the spring of 2021, Jane joined co-founders Larissa Thomson and Naomi Watts as CEO of Onda, the clean beauty multi-brand destination with retail spas in Tribeca, Sag Harbor, and Hampton Bays, NY. She restructured the company as it navigated the pandemic and led Onda’s first hospitality partnership with the historic Canoe Place Inn & Cottages, which opened in August 2022. Earlier this year, Jane led the merger of Onda Beauty with Amyris, Inc., and continues to lead Onda as the brand’s president, spearheading its continued digital and physical growth, with more brick and mortar locations opening in 2023, including Miami’s Design District.
Catherine is the President of Biossance and JVN Hair at Amyris. Catherine joined Amyris in July 2018. Prior to joining, Catherine was the Global General Manager for the Kendo portfolio of beauty brands within LVMH, including Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat von D, Disney and Ole Henriksen Skincare. Catherine built these brands from concept to development and launched them in over 22 countries. Prior to Kendo, Catherine spent over 15 years at Sephora, predominantly responsible for Sephora Collection, Sephora’s private label brand. She led the brand re-design and product strategy that lifted Sephora Collection to the #1 brand at Sephora globally. As one of Sephora USA’s first hires and member of EllesVMH (select group of high-performing female executives within LVMH), she helped shape and grow the Sephora organization into the beauty leader it is today. In 2019, WWD named Catherine Gore their “Beauty Futurist”.
Gore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications/Business from St. Mary’s College of California.
Caroline Hadfield joined Amyris in June 2015 as Senior Vice President, Personal Care, and led the company's B2B and B2C sales initiatives for its consumer cosmetic products through a period of significant growth and was appointed President of the company’s Biossance clean skincare brand she created and developed, as well as President of the company’s Aprinnova skincare ingredients business in July 2018. She continued the rapid growth of both divisions, developing the company’s focus on Clean Beauty, and pioneering the movement to ban toxic ingredients and introduced sustainable packaging and clinically tested formulations for maximum efficacy. In February 2019, she was appointed to lead the company’s new direct-to-consumer baby and family skincare brand, Pipette, to launch a new range of clean beauty products focused on baby, mothers and family, which has grown significantly since its launch in September 2019 and is well placed for continued rapid expansion. As an expert in originating, building and running brands she has been essential in launching and managing the growth of brands while introducing innovative new product lines and building out robust ecommerce and bricks-and-mortar sales channels. She led the Aprinnova B2B ingredients business with a keen view on new opportunities to bring product innovation and exceptional brands to Amyris through her entrepreneurial expertise and exceptional success as a high-growth brand executive. In 2020, Caroline became Chief Executive Officer of Rose Inc., a new business venture focused on Clean Beauty color cosmetics, that will launch in 2021.
Previously, Hadfield owned and operated an established retail consultancy practice specializing in the health, wellness and the personal care market sectors. Prior to that, she cofounded luxury spa interests in the United Kingdom and San Francisco where she developed branded spa products and also served as Global Product Director for Bodyshop International, where she was responsible for a complete range of globally sourced and regionally targeted products and contributed extensively to marketing strategy and packaging design. Before joining Bodyshop, Hadfield was Senior Vice President at Sephora (part of LVMH Group) and was part of the executive team that rolled out the Sephora concept across the U.S., opening 50 stores within just 18 months. Her experience also includes prior roles in merchandizing as SVP – General Merchandise Manager with Duty Free Shoppers (part of LVMH) and as Buying Controller with Burton Group (now Arcadia). Hadfield holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in textiles and management from Leeds University and has completed a Senior Executive Program at Stanford University.
Ana Kertesz joined Amyris in October 2021 and was appointed President of Amyris Studios and Chief Growth Officer. She has 25 years of combined experience as a finance executive, investor and entrepreneur with a successful track record in strategy, business growth, dealmaking, branding, digital transformation, content strategy & community growth. Ana is a skilled change agent relied on to establish a clear vision, align teams behind goals and offer insights into new growth opportunities. Since joining Amyris, Ana has taken the leadership of content, community, experiential, live selling and beauty advisors, focused on increasing awareness of Amyris’ unique science and ingredients as well as accelerating the growth of Amyris’ consumer brands.
Prior to joining Amyris, Ana spent over 13 years with Goldman Sachs, where she worked closely with Founders, CEOs and Boards of Directors on the conception and execution of complex restructurings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, initial public offerings, bonds, partnerships, and cross-border transactions, as well as leading the establishment of Goldman Sachs business in Brazil from a rep office to a full licensed bank platform. Subsequent to Goldman Sachs, Ana spent over 3 years with Peninsula Participações, where she helped create the Private Equity & Venture Capital businesses and lead one of the first and largest capital raises for a family office related to a co-investment opportunity globally. Her strong passion for education and technology drove her to lead strategic investments in key businesses.
A strong diversity advocate, Ana was the Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Latin America Women’s Network and Vice-President of Harvard Business School Women’s Student Association. Driven by her own frustration deriving from a lack of structured support to help women as well as a broader set of diverse entrepreneurs to start and scale businesses lead Ana to her own entrepreneurial venture: HOWto.LIVEit, a digital platform helping entrepreneurs build investable businesses, from idea validation and customer discovery to product development, branding, marketing, product launch and funding.
Ana holds a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School (with honors), a B.A. in Business from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (top 5%), and participated in the HBS Executive Education program How to Make Corporate Boards More Effective. Ana is a Director of the Board of Onyx Acquisition Company I and an advisor to Bluewatch Ventures. Ana lives in the greater New York area with her husband and three kids and is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Audrey joined Costa Brazil as the President in July 2022. She brings over 15 years of experience building consumer brands. Prior to Costa Brazil, Audrey was the CEO of SiO Beauty, a beauty start-up where she drove double and triple digit year over year growth. Audrey started her career in investment banking and then went on to hold senior roles at Hudson’s Bay Company, Shopbop and Avon. She’s a Harvard Business School and Yale Alum based in NYC. Audrey loves building teams and creating a culture that values creativity and data-driven decision-making.
Karima McDaniel brings nearly 20 years of experience in consumer and healthcare companies with expertise in leading all aspects of brand strategy and commercialization. Most recently Karima served as the Global Chief Marketing Officer of a global health and wellness company, helping build and execute the Marketing strategy for a portfolio of over 12 brands across 60+ countries. Karima has also held progressive senior Marketing and Brand roles at Rodan + Fields (the #1 premium skincare brand in North America) and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, Karima has been instrumental in helping scale multiple high-growth businesses by helping develop new organizational processes and systems, while expanding consumer reach. She earned her MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Hampton University.
Paula Bezerra de Mello joined Amyris in 2021 as Chief Brand Activist. Prior to being appointed Chief Brand Activist, Paula spearheaded the global communications strategy for the launch of Costa Brazil, the clean beauty brand founded by Francisco Costa and acquired by Amyris in 2021.
Paula founded Ello Agency in 2016, a creative agency and PR firm with a focus on innovative storytelling, organic networking, cause marketing, celebrity outreach, and tailor-made event planning, working with clients including Coca-Cola, Calm, Instagram, Perrier Jouët, and Samsung. In 2017 the newly founded agency was awarded a total of five lions in the PR category at Cannes for 'Kiss the Kremlin', a pro-bono campaign for LGBTQAI+ rights.
A Brown University graduate, Paula is an ambassador for #Togetherband, a global movement in partnership with UNFoundation to spread awareness on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and sits on the Board of Brazil Foundation, an international philanthropic organization based in New York and Rio de Janeiro mobilizing resources for programs that advance social justice and economic opportunity in Brazil. She is also an active member of the Advisory Board on sustainability for the City of Rio de Janeiro.
Paula contributes a regular column to Forbes Brazil and is Strategic PR Advisor and Partner of Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, where she oversaw the public relations department for 15 years. Paula was longtime contributor of Vogue Brazil. She started her career in the film industry, working for Miramax Films and Paramount Pictures in New York
Deb Millard is a strategic and accomplished executive with +20 years of brand and retail leadership experience across multiple categories. Deb joined Amyris as President, Healthy Aging at the end of 2021. Over the past year Deb has been focused on launching Amyris first healthy aging brand with the “No Compromise” mission to bring safe, effective solutions to the peri/menopause space alongside Naomi Watts. Deb’s retail career started as a founding member of the US Sephora team bringing Sephora to the US market. Most recently, for the past +7 years, Deb served in various roles at Amazon leading retail and marketplace strategies for Amazon Fashion categories later moving to Amazon Go as the Category Leader/General Manager for Go and new formats under that umbrella. Prior to Deb’s time at Amazon she helped Old Navy launch into the Canada Market, returned to Sephora to lead skincare in the rollout of Sephora inside JCP. She also held leadership roles at Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware and owned her own retail and wholesale business in the SF Bay area.
Anne Myong joined Amyris in July 2021 as President, eCommerce and was appointed President, Consumer in March 2022. Anne brings over 30 years of global financial and operating experience in technology, retail, and eCommerce at Fortune 500 and high-growth, VC-backed companies. Previously, Anne was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Walmart eCommerce during a period of accelerated growth and omni-channel transformation of Walmart’s retail and eCommerce operations in the United States, China and Brazil. Earlier, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Walmart China, where she played a leadership role in the business transformation of a retail operation of over 400 stores and 100,000 associates across China. Prior to her roles at Walmart, Anne was Vice President and CFO of Agilent Technologies China, where she was the senior finance executive of Agilent’s fastest growing and second largest market. Anne’s experience also includes finance and strategy roles at HP and McKinsey & Company.
Anne has been on the boards of Walmart Mexico, Goodwill Industries International, and is a board member of Align Technology where she serves as member of the Audit and Compensation and Human Capital Committees.
Ms. Myong holds an Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.
As Amyris Chief People Officer, Christine Ofori is responsible for leading and integrating all facets of Amyris’s HR goals, including people strategy and enhancement of company culture in order to deliver and enable business growth. Christine brings many years of HR leadership experience to Amyris, including successful integration of people, technologies, processes and cultures. Most recently, Christine served as Vice President of Human Resources at Amyris where she guided all aspects of employee development, staffing and business partnering. Prior to that, she spent over eight years with Equinix, Inc. as Senior Director, Human Resources supporting the Americas Region. Christine studied Business at the University of Minnesota.
Mike Rytokoski joined Amyris as President of Aprinnova in June 2021. He brings over 30 years of international experience leading and growing businesses in Europe, Asia, North America and Latin America. Most recently Rytokoski served as Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for Goodyear based in Brussels. Prior to that, he led Goodyear’s passenger vehicle and SUV tire business in Asia Pacific based in Shanghai driving significant growth in both B2C and B2B areas.
Previously Rytokoski worked in number of general management roles at The Clorox Company, a leading home care products manufacturer. In addition to cleaning brands, his portfolio at Clorox included Burt’s Bees natural beauty care products. He started his career at Unilever working in marketing roles of increasing responsibility in the beauty care category in Europe and Latin America. Rytokoski holds an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics and has completed executive programs at Harvard and Wharton Business Schools. He serves on the board of directors of Secapp, a Finnish SaaS company.
Lee joined Amyris as President, Amyris International in March, 2022. Prior to joining Amyris, Lee spent the majority of his career at Walmart where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Walmart Canada, after holding a number of global leadership roles with the company, including Chief Merchandising Officer with Walmart Japan and Vice President of Merchandising for the International Division.
With over 25 years of retail experience spanning Europe, Asia and North America, Lee has a proven track record of delivering results within highly competitive and innovative retail markets. He has a wealth of experience in operational and C-Suite roles across supply chain, store operations, and commercial functions with full end to end accountability.
Annie Tsong was appointed Chief Strategy and Product Officer in 2021 and is responsible for developing Amyris’ extensive pipeline of products and ingredients. She maintains the strategic portfolio by identifying the intersection between market needs and areas where Amyris’ technology offers new value.
A long-time Amyris veteran, Annie joined Amyris in 2008 in the Research and Development division, where she was central in establishing the company’s foundational microbial production platform. Subsequently, she established a Program Management Office which brought Amyris’ highest priority molecules to market by integrating activity across capabilities from upstream R&D to commercialization. Most recently, Annie turned her attention to Product Innovation, where her team established an ingredient development pipeline focused on fast-to-market opportunities that support Amyris’ strategic objectives. Annie has authored multiple landmark scientific publications in the fields of metabolic engineering and evolution of transcriptional regulation. She is an inventor on many key patents in Amyris’ IP portfolio, and a frequent speaker at international scientific conferences.
Annie holds an AB in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University, a Ph.D. in genetics from University of California, San Francisco, and was a Miller Fellow at University of California, Berkeley.