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LS9, Inc., a biotechnology company targeting the commercial development of hydrocarbon biofuels, appointed Bill Haywood as CEO. Prior to joining LS9, Haywood served as Senior Vice President of Refining for Tesoro Petroleum, where he was responsible for seven refineries and more than $20 billion in revenue.

I can’t think of a more exciting opportunity than joining LS9 as we prepare to move this important technology to commercial production. I look forward to merging knowledge of the traditional transportation fuels business with synthetic biology to help bring LS9’s renewable fuels and chemicals into the pipeline and to the consumer.

—Bill Haywood

Haywood helped Tesoro became a leading independent refiner by integrating refinery acquisitions, driving operational excellence and building more than $1 billion in capital projects.

The coming year will be pivotal to LS9 as the company delivers significant achievements in the development of second-generation biofuels. Bill brings with him the ideal combination of project development, organizational optimization and investment management expertise the company needs as it transitions from development to production.

—Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner of Flagship Ventures and Chairman of the LS9 Board of Directors


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