Leadership
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Leadership

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.


  • Stephen Auburn
    Chief Legal Officer
    Steve Auburn joined Coskata in 2014 as the company’s Chief Legal Officer. Steve is responsible for all of the company’s legal affairs.    Read More »

    Over his 30 year career, he has amassed broad-based experience across multiple industries and business situations with private and public companies, including corporate governance, securities, M&A, corporate finance, IP management and complex transactions.

    Prior to joining Coskata, Steve was most recently with Equable Ascent Financial, LLC, a specialty financial services company, in the role of General Counsel. From 2005 to 2010 he was General Counsel of Pliant Corporation, a manufacturer of plastic films. Prior to 2005 he held legal positions of increasing responsibility with Pactiv Corporation and Mobil Oil Corporation. He began his career in private practice. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from S.U.N.Y. Potsdam, a law degree and Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.


  • 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.