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Myriant announces executive leadership changes

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Quincy, Mass., USA – Myriant Corporation, a renewable chemicals company, announced that Stephen J. Gatto has resigned as chief executive officer.[break]



Mr. Gatto will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors providing his insights, industry expertise and strategic counsel. Mr. Gatto founded Myriant's predecessor company in 2004 and formed Myriant in 2009. He has been involved in the biotechnology industry for more than 19 years, founding a successful biofuels company and serving on numerous Presidential, Congressional and US DOE/USDA committees.

At BC International (now Verenium), Mr. Gatto, in cooperation with Dr. Lonnie Ingram and the University of Florida, spearheaded the development of novel technology for the commercial production of ethanol from cellulose. Successful pilot operations led to licensing of the technology to two multinational companies.

In 2000 and 2002, Mr. Gatto was appointed by both the Clinton and Bush Administrations to the Biomass Research & Development Technical Advisory Committee. He was also appointed to a Biofuels Ad - July 5, 2013, Quincy, Mass., USA – Myriant Corporation, a renewable chemicals company, announced that Stephen J. Gatto has resigned as chief executive officer.





Mr. Gatto will continue to serve on the company's Board of Directors providing his insights, industry expertise and strategic counsel. Mr. Gatto founded Myriant's predecessor company in 2004 and formed Myriant in 2009. He has been involved in the biotechnology industry for more than 19 years, founding a successful biofuels company and serving on numerous Presidential, Congressional and US DOE/USDA committees.

At BC International (now Verenium), Mr. Gatto, in cooperation with Dr. Lonnie Ingram and the University of Florida, spearheaded the development of novel technology for the commercial production of ethanol from cellulose. Successful pilot operations led to licensing of the technology to two multinational companies.

In 2000 and 2002, Mr. Gatto was appointed by both the Clinton and Bush Administrations to the Biomass Research & Development Technical Advisory Committee. He was also appointed to a Biofuels Ad-hoc Committee chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein and assisted in the drafting of key aspects of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

Currently Mr. Gatto is on the board of directors for BIO, the world's largest biotechnology organization, serving on the Industrial and Environmental (I&E) section governing board. He earned an A.S. in Information Services and a B.S. in Marketing, both from Southern New Hampshire University.

Cenan Ozmeral, Myriant's Chief Operating Officer, has been named President of the Company and will continue to integrate commercial operations for the Company.

Dr. Ozmeral spent 29 years at chemical manufacturer BASF. Most recently, Dr. Ozmeral served as Vice President of the Acrylic Dispersions and XSB Latex Business, NAFTA Region. Dr. Ozmeral also ran business units in Petrochemicals, Industrial Organics and Plasticizer Chemicals.

During this period, he oversaw the largest capital investment in BASF's North American history, a steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas and the world's largest butadiene extraction unit. He was also responsible for 1,4-Butanediol sales in North America and gained extensive experience in marketing of specialty diols, intermediates, and agrochemicals.

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