Sylvia Wulf – Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Sylvia Wulf was appointed an Executive Director, President and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies in January 2019. Previously, she was President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor with responsibility for the P&L of the $10 billion Meat, Seafood and Produce operations and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of US Foods. Her expertise spans a diverse set of company environments including start-up, rapid growth, mature, consolidation and traditional businesses ranging in size from $100 million to $10 billion in revenue. Her success in growing revenue and market share coupled with her strengths in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, environmental & social governance and operations positively impacted respected brands such as US Foods, Tyson, Sara Lee and Bunge. Sylvia was named one of the most powerful women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council in 2016.
David A. Frank – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
David Frank was appointed CFO in October 2007. Previously he served as President and General Manager of TekCel LLC, a subsidiary of Magellan Biosciences, after serving as Magellan’s CFO since the company’s founding in 2004 and as TekCel’s CFO since 2003. Mr. Frank has over 28 years of financial-management experience, including as CFO of SmartEnergy during its period of rapid growth from less than $1 million in revenue in 2000 to more than $45 million in 2002. He served as the corporate controller for Moldflow when the company completed its successful public offering and his earlier experience includes financial roles at PerSeptive Biosystems, Lotus Development Corporation, Apollo Computer, and Honeywell. He has a BS in finance and accounting from Boston College and an MBA from Babson College.
Alejandro Rojas, DVM – Chief Operating Officer
Alejandro Rojas joined AquaBounty as the Chief Operating Officer of its AquaBounty Farms division in February 2014. He formerly was the Production and Technical Manager for Marine Harvest from 1988 to 2000. Mr Rojas has a doctorate in veterinary medicine and for the past 14 years has been a technical advisor and consultant to numerous global aquaculture and biotech companies working with marine fish.
David F. Melbourne, Jr. – Chief Commercial Officer
David F. Melbourne, Jr. was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in June 2019. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility for Bumble Bee Foods. During his 14 years with Bumble Bee, he managed consumer marketing, media relations, corporate communications, innovation, government relations and the CSR program. Earlier in his career, he served for a decade as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Castleberry/Snow’s Brands and held positions with U.S. Tobacco Sales and Marketing Company and Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut. Mr. Melbourne has been actively engaged in a variety of industry based initiatives including the: National Fisheries Institute; Grocery Manufacturer’s Association; International Seafood Sustainability Foundation; Shelf Stable Food Processors Association; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. He holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland College Park and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.
Henry Clifford – Vice-President of Marketing & Sales
Henry Clifford was appointed Vice-President of Marketing & Sales in June 2005 and is responsible for the commercial deployment of the company’s product lines. Mr. Clifford is an internationally recognized authority on aquaculture and genetic improvement programs with a career spanning more than 30 years in the industry. He has provided technical services in aquaculture to more than 250 clients in 20 countries. In addition to implementing sales and marketing strategies for the company and overseeing customer relations, Mr. Clifford directs domestic and international field trial evaluations of the company’s products, including the successful introduction and production of AquAdvantage Salmon in Panama. Mr. Clifford has a M.S. degree in aquaculture nutrition from Texas A&M University.
Christopher Martin – General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Martin has served as our General Counsel since June 2015 and as our Corporate Secretary since July 2015. Prior to joining AquaBounty, he was Assistant General Counsel at athenahealth, Inc. from 2012 to 2014 and Senior Corporate Counsel from 2008 to 2012. He also served as Corporate Counsel at LeMaitre Vascular, Inc. from 2006 to 2008 and practiced in the areas of commercial, corporate, finance, and intellectual property law with Hemenway & Barnes LLP in Boston and Cummings & Lockwood LLC in Connecticut. Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall).