Cyanotech names new president and CEO Published: 20 May, 2008
CYANOTECH Corporation, a producer of high-value nutrition and health products from microalgae, has announced the appointment of Andrew H. Jacobson as new president, chief executive and a director.
Mr Jacobson succeeds Gerald R. Cysewski, Ph.D., who was president and chief executive officer.
Dr Cysewski was named executive vice president and chief scientific officer focusing on microalgae product development. He continues as a director. He is credited with commercializing the large-scale production of microalgae and founded Cyanotech in 1983.
Cyanotech’s lead independent director, Gregg Robertson, was elected chairman of the board of directors.
The changes in management support Cyanotech’s previously announced transition from its traditional focus on the processing and distribution of microalgae products to a consumer driven, sales and marketing focused business.
“We are pleased to welcome Andy to lead Cyanotech’s next stage of development and growth,” said Mr Robertson.
“Our products are widely acknowledged as superior and Andy’s strategic vision and experience opening new markets while leading multi-tiered distribution businesses are ideally suited for this transition.
“His proven expertise and track record in building strong product marketing platforms that result in sustained and profitable growth completes Cyanotech’s prescription for success.”
Mr Jacobson has more than 23 years of experience in the natural products industry.
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