Joseph Shaulson has served as a Director of the Company since December 2013 and as President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2014. Mr. Shaulson has nearly 20 years of experience as a senior executive with mid-sized specialty chemicals and advanced materials companies and as a corporate lawyer specializing in corporate development and corporate finance transactions. He was previously Executive Vice President of Arch Chemicals, where he had responsibility for a variety of global businesses, including Personal Care and Industrial Biocides, Wood Protection, Performance Products and Industrial Coatings. He also led Arch's strategic planning and corporate development functions when he joined the company as Vice President, Strategic Development in 2008. From 1996 to 2007, Mr. Shaulson served in various leadership positions at Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites company, including President of the Reinforcements Business Unit. From 1991 to 1996, he served as a corporate associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Joseph Hill has been our Chief Financial Officer since April 2008. Mr. Hill has more than twenty years of professional experience in finance, including more than fifteen years of experience at the executive level. Prior to joining Metabolix, Mr. Hill served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Amicas, Inc., the leading independent provider of radiology image and information management solutions. At Amicas, Mr. Hill was responsible for all finance, accounting, investor relations, treasury, tax, administration, IT and infrastructure. Prior to that, he was vice president and CFO at Dirig Software, a privately held provider of application performance management software systems. And Mr. Hill previously served as vice president, CFO and Director of Maconomy, a publicly traded provider of web-based business management solutions with more than 70,000 users worldwide. In this role, Hill was responsible for all finance, accounting, treasury, tax, administration, and infrastructure of this public company with offices in eight countries. Mr. Hill has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College and a M.S.F. from Bentley College.
Johan van Walsem, Chief Operating Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in the processing industry, with more than 15 years' experience leading development and manufacturing efforts for large scale fermentation-based processes. He previously served as the Company’s Vice President of Manufacturing and Product Development. Mr. van Walsem returned to Metabolix in 2009, following a 16 month period as Senior Vice President, R&D and Bioprocessing at Joule Biotechnologies, a clean technology start-up in Cambridge. In his earlier role as Vice President Manufacturing, Development and Operations at Metabolix, Mr. van Walsem was integral in the technical development and manufacturing process for Mirel biopolymers. Mr. van Walsem received a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 1986 and a MBA from the University of South Africa in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a member of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers).