Joseph Shaulson has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2014 and as a Director since December 2013. Mr. Shaulson brings 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. Mr. Shaulson was previously Executive Vice President of Arch Chemicals with 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. Prior to Arch, Mr. Shaulson served in various leadership positions at Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites company, including President of the Reinforcements Business Unit. Prior to Hexcel, Mr. Shaulson served as a corporate associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Shaulson 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. The Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Shaulson should serve as a Director because he is a proven executive who has successfully led and developed global chemical and materials businesses; his broad experience with specialty products in diverse applications and dynamic end markets will be valuable for Metabolix as we work to accelerate the progress of our biopolymers business and navigate through the next stage of our development and growth.
Chief Scientific Officer Oliver P. Peoples, Ph.D., a co-founder of Metabolix, has served as our chief scientific officer since January 2000, and was previously our vice president of research and development. Dr. Peoples has served as a director since June 1992. Prior to founding Metabolix, Dr. Peoples was a research scientist with the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he emerged as a pioneer of the new field of metabolic pathway engineering and its applications in industrial biotechnology. The research carried out by Dr. Peoples at MIT established the fundamental tools and methods for engineering bacteria and plants to produce Mirel. Dr. Peoples has published numerous peer reviewed academic papers and is an inventor of over 90 patents and patent applications worldwide. Dr. Peoples received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Sarah P. Cecil has served as legal counsel to Metabolix since July 2005 and as general counsel since the Company's initial public offering in November 2006. Previously, she was corporate counsel at Vertex Pharmaceuticals from 1992 until 2001, and at Biogen, Inc. from 1985 until 1991. Ms. Cecil's previous legal practice has also included clients in the food ingredients, computer services and clinical research industries, as well as several biotechnology companies. Ms. Cecil received an A.B. from Brown University, and she was a C.P.A. with Price Waterhouse (currently PricewaterhouseCoopers) before obtaining a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Joseph D. Hill has served as our chief financial officer since April 2008. From 2004 until joining the Company, Mr. Hill served as senior vice president, chief financial officer at Amicas, Inc., an independent provider of radiology image and information management solutions. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2004 he was vice president and chief financial officer at Dirig Software, a privately held provider of application performance management software systems. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Hill served as vice president, chief financial officer and Director of Maconomy, a publicly traded provider of web-based business management solutions. Mr. Hill has a B.S. from Bryant College and an M.S.F. from Bentley College.
Johan van Walsem, chief operating officer since July 2013, returned to Metabolix in August 2009 as vice president of strategy and commercial development, following a 16 month period as senior vice president, R&D and bioprocessing at Joule Biotechnologies, a clean technology start-up company. Previously, Mr. van Walsem served as our vice president of manufacturing, development and operations from October 2003 until April 2008, and was our director of manufacturing and development from September 2001 to October 2003. Before joining Metabolix, Mr. van Walsem was senior biochemical engineer with Montec Research, a division of Resodyn Corporation, where he was responsible for fermentation technology development. Prior to that, Mr. van Walsem worked with AECI Bioproducts in South Africa in technology management and new product development. Mr. van Walsem received a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and an M.B.A. from the University of South Africa. He is a registered professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa and a senior member of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers).
Lynne H. Brum has served as vice president, marketing and corporate communications, of the Company since November, 2011. Prior to joining Metabolix, in 2010 to 2011 she was a communications consultant and served in various roles including as a freelance project director for Seidler Bernstein Inc. Ms. Brum served from 2007 to 2009 as an executive vice president at Porter Novelli Life Sciences, a subsidiary of global PR firm, Porter Novelli International. Prior to that, Ms. Brum was responsible for corporate communications, investor relations and brand management for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from 1994 to 2007 in various positions, including vice president of strategic communications. Ms. Brum was also a vice president at Feinstein Kean Healthcare and was part of the communications team at Biogen, Inc. (now Biogen Idec). Ms. Brum holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College and a master's degree in business administration from Simmons College's School of Management.