Coskata Inc. is led by some of the most talented and dedicated people in the alternative energy field. Coming to Coskata from various companies and backgrounds, our leadership shares the unique vision of cellulosic ethanol leading the way towards independence from oil, economic growth, and environmental sustainability.
- William Roe
President and CEO
Bill Roe joined Coskata as its President and CEO in September 2007, bringing extensive leadership experience across many critical functions of growing a global technical business, including operations management, strategy, sales and marketing, and research and development. Read More »
Prior to Coskata, Bill enjoyed a 29 year career with Nalco, the world's largest provider of industrial water-treatment chemicals and process additives. Bill was most recently the Chief Operating Officer, a position he held for six years. In that role, Bill had full P&L responsibilities for all of Nalco's business operations globally including the Industrial and Institutional Services Division (which comprises 75% of Nalco's core water treatment business), the Energy Services Division (a business line serving the petroleum and gas industry, with products for exploration and drilling, oilfield production, and downstream refining and petrochemical production), and the Paper Services Division (a business line serving the pulp and paper industry with processing additives and functional products that improve final sheet properties). Bill's responsibilities also included strategic planning, product development and commercialization, and strategic account development and management.
Prior to serving as Nalco's COO, Bill was President of Nalco's Asia Pacific Division, where he was responsible for Nalco's business operations in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, all of Southeast Asia, India, and Australia/New Zealand.
Bill has been a member of the American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers; the American Chemical Society; the American Chemical Council and the Sigma Xi Research Society. He holds a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Creighton University.
- David Blair
Chief Financial Officer
Dave Blair joined Coskata in 2008 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. With over 30 years of experience, he brings broad expertise in building global and regional financial teams that support enhancing business results. Read More »
Before joining Coskata, Dave most recently worked for Westmoreland Coal Company in Colorado Springs, CO. Starting in 2005, Dave acted as the CFO for the ninth largest coal producer in the USA and was responsible for all financial functions of the Company.
From 1987 to 2004, Dave worked in various capacities for Nalco. His positions included VP – Corporate Finance, Treasurer, VP – Finance and acting CFO. A highlight of his time with Nalco included working as the CFO – VP Finance of the second largest specialty chemical supplier in the Energy Services sector, Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals.
Dave graduated from the University of Toronto in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario).
- Richard Troyer
Chief Business Officer
Richard Troyer joined Coskata in 2011 as the Chief Business Officer. Rich is responsible for managing and shaping the company’s overall corporate strategy, including business development activities, marketing, communications and government affairs. Read More »
Prior to joining Coskata, Rich was a Managing Director at The Blackstone Group, where he focused on the biofuels and biochemical sectors and helped launch the firm’s clean technology practice, Blackstone Clean Technology Partners. While there, he was involved in the firm’s investments in Coskata, Rive Technology and other clean technology companies. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Rich was a vice president at AllianceBernstein where he was responsible for investments in public and private companies in the clean technology and biotechnology sectors. He was previously a research analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston and Piper Jaffray.
Rich received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Baylor University and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Scott Levin
Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
Scott Levin joined Coskata in June 2012 as the company's Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Scott is a seasoned corporate counsel and human resource executive with more than 25 years' experience in start-up, turn around and mature business environments. Read More »
Before joining Coskata, Scott was a Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NYSE: MRT), where he was employed since 2007. Prior to that, Scott held General Counsel positions with Torex Retail Americas (a global technology solutions provider), OurHouse, Inc. (the home improvement e-commerce business for Ace Hardware Corporation) and Florists' Transworld Delivery, Inc. (FTD).
Scott also worked at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP in New York City where he practiced in the mergers and acquisitions, securities and finance areas from 1989 to 1996. Scott received his JD from The National Law Center at George Washington University and his undergraduate degree from Boston College.
- Richard E. Tobey
Executive Vice President, Technology
As Executive Vice President of Technology, Dick Tobey is responsible for driving the development and commercialization of Coskata's proprietary technology platform. Read More »
Prior to joining Coskata, Dick spent 28 years developing and commercializing new products and processes for The Dow Chemical Company within their Ion Exchange, Anti-Microbial, Pharmaceutical and Agricultural business units. While at Dow, he demonstrated success in leading the research, development, scale-up and manufacture of both synthetic and natural product processes, including overseas assignments in Brindisi, Italy and Dublin, Ireland.
During his last 14 years at Dow, Dick was responsible for the development scale-up and manufacture of Dow's extremely successful insect control agent spinosad - a naturally occurring secondary metabolite insecticide - and winner of the 1998 EPA Green Chemistry Award.
During this time, he held a variety of positions including Global Technology Leader, Business Manufacturing Leader, and finally Site Manager for The Dow Chemical Company in Harbor Beach, Michigan.
Coskata fulfills a 30 year vision for Dick, as he has been an advocate for alternative energy since graduating from university on the heels of our nation's first energy crisis.
He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
- Jeff Burgard
Vice President, Engineering & Operations
As Vice President of Engineering, Jeff Burgard is responsible for helping drive the commercialization of Coskata's proprietary technology platform. Read More »
Prior to joining Coskata, Jeff was a Senior level Engineering Director for UOP LLC, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, absorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. In his 27 years, Jeff held various positions within the company helping develop his broad experience in engineering design, design development, project management, basic and detailed engineering, and overall administrative management.
Most recently, Jeff managed the worldwide design development, basic design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, and installation of all major Process Equipment and Fabricated Systems for UOP.
Jeff holds a B.S. in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
- James Fawley
Vice President, Strategic Business Development
James Fawley joined in 2009 as Coskata’s Vice President of Strategic Development. In this role, he will continue to develop Coskata’s long term strategy, as well as the business partnerships required to execute on that plan as the company moves towards commercialization. Read More »
He brings with him a long track record of success within the energy industry, specifically with creating and deploying the strategies to lead an organization through change, while managing the exemplary performance of a large and diverse team.
Prior to Coskata, James spent over 13 years with BP working across many critical functions of the company from finance and business development to communications and management. Most recently, James led the strategy team for BP’s new Biofuels business where he directed a comprehensive global strategy review and delivered regional participation plans for BP to invest billions of dollars and create a leadership position in a material new corporate division.
James received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and received his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.