Chief Technology Officer
Travis brings over 15 years of experience in the agricultural industry and technology innovation to Calyxt. Travis received his B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University, M.S. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in the Plant Biology and Biotechnology Program at the University of Delaware and DuPont/Pioneer and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Calyxt, Travis held science and innovation leadership roles at WISErg Corporation and Monsanto
Chris started his career in the food business over 40 years ago when he was in high school and college and worked for a large commercial wholesale bakery. After graduating from Princeton University in 1983 with a degree in Economics, Chris worked in the investment securities business before joining Frito-Lay in 1989. At Frito-Lay, he held roles in finance, sales, new ventures and brand marketing. Chris was a Vice President of marketing when he left Frito-Lay in 2001 to join the MOM Brands Company. Chris became President and CEO of MOM Brands in 2008, and he added the Chairman responsibilities in 2011. After MOM Brands was sold in 2015 to Post Holdings, Chris became the President and CEO of the newly created Post Consumer Brands business. In July of 2018, Chris was named Executive Vice President of Strategy for Post Holdings, Inc. which is a $6 Billion holding company with six operating divisions including the Post Consumer Brands business.
Chris is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. He serves on the Board of Directors for Welch Foods, and is Chair of their Compensation Committee, and also serves on their Audit Committee. Chris has had extensive non-profit leadership roles including: the Board of Overseers, Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota; the Board of Directors, Second Harvest Heartland; the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board for Enactus, and Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics Minnesota.
Kim Nelson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SPS Commerce, providing financial direction at a number of companies over her 30 years of experience including Amazon.com, Nestlé USA Inc. and The Pillsbury Company. In her current role, Kim has led SPS Commerce to a successful IPO, navigated their company’s growth through creation of their M&A program and continues to oversee their financial systems, controls and models to ensure their financial position is flourishing. In addition to her new position as a Director on Calyxt’s board, she also advises on the Board of Directors for Qumu. Prior to this position, Mrs. Nelson was the Finance Director for Amazon.com in a number of their practice areas such as Corporate Planning and Analysis, Investor Relations and Technology.
Anna Ewa Kozicz-Stankiewicz has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017. Mrs. Kozicz received a BA in Math and Economics from Columbia College and her MBA from Columbia Business School. She started her career in investment banking in 1996 at Credit Suisse First Boston in its Financial Institutions Group before moving to Goldman Sachs in 2000 where she held multiple positions, including Managing Director, and spent most of her time in the Principal Strategies Group with a focus investing in on the global agricultural sector. During her time at Goldman Sachs, she served as a director on the board of a New York-based federal credit union (PSFCU). She moved to Caxton Associates in 2009 to work as an equity Portfolio Manager before moving to BlackRock in 2012 where she held management roles as Head of US Strategy and Corporate Development as well as investing roles as Portfolio Manager of a private assets portfolio for ABR Re, a Bermuda based reinsurance company which Mrs. Kozicz helped to set up on behalf of BlackRock. In 2017, Mrs. Kozicz left BlackRock and partnered with Cowen Investment Management to create a new investment fund focused on sustainability in agriculture, energy and transportation services.
Jonathan Fassberg is a visionary entrepreneur who recognized early in his career that small-cap biotechnology companies were underserved in an investor relations capacity. To fill this void, Jonathan founded The Trout Group in 1996 and grew it to become the leading investor relations firm in the life sciences industry. Trout has served over 750 public and private companies both domestically and internationally. In 2017, Trout was acquired by Solebury Communications and the combined firm became known as Solebury Trout.
Highlights of Jonathan’s career include guiding Pharmasset, Pharmacyclics and GW Pharma from inception to IPOs to product launches and ultimate acquisitions. Today Jonathan focuses on client service and outreach to investors in order to build stable shareholder bases for his clients.
Prior to Trout’s founding, Jonathan was a sell-side analyst at a healthcare-focused investment bank. Before his career on Wall Street, Jonathan spent four years at DuPont Pharma in various sales and marketing positions.
Jonathan holds a B.S. in biology and chemistry from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He also holds Series 7, 24, 79 and 63 securities licenses.
Jonathan has been an active member of Young Presidents Organization since joining the Manhattan Chapter in 2007 and is currently serving as Chapter Chair. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at UNC.
Philippe Dumont has served as a member of our Board of Directors since July 2017. Mr. Dumont retired in December 2012 from Bayer CropScience, where he was employed since May 2002. At Bayer he held the position of Head of Technology Management, Seeds, and was responsible for supervising globally the Regulatory Affairs and Regulatory Science functions, Stewardship, Public and Governmental Affairs and Communication impacting GMOs and seeds. Until 2006 Mr. Dumont also supervised the Legal and Intellectual Property functions in the seed business. Mr. Dumont also held the same responsibilities at Aventis Crop Science from December 1998 until April 2002. From 1987 to 1998, Mr. Dumont was General Counsel of Rhône-Poulenc Agrochimie. Prior to moving to France in 1987, Philippe held positions as an associate at Cravath Swaine & Moore (1975 – 1981), international legal counsel at Gulf Oil Corporation (1981-1983) and as solo practitioner in Washington D.C. from 1983 – 1986.
Philippe is retired from the New York and District of Columbia Bars and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (JD 1975) and Columbia University (BA, magna cum laude 1972). Since June 2013 he has been serving as a director of Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales, responsible for international relations, where he tries to promote public and governmental understanding of new breeding techniques and related regulatory issues.
Debra brings agriculture and food industry legal expertise to Calyxt. Previously, Debra was Associate General Counsel for Syngenta North America and acting general counsel for Syngenta Seeds, LLC. Through her seven years at Syngenta, Debra provided counsel for executive leadership teams and contributed to the closing of numerous global transactions; launching new products into new markets; and developing regulatory, compliance and corporate policies. Prior to her role at Syngenta, Debra practiced law at Stoel Rives LLP and Lindquist & Vennum PLLP.