Board of Directors

Ranjeet Bhatia

SAFFRON HILL VENTURES

Ranjeet Bhatia

SAFFRON HILL VENTURES

About Ranjeet

Mr. Bhatia advises Saffron Hill Ventures and in 2009 led Agilyx´ first institutional investment round. Other notable ESG investments include Coyuchi, and Marrone Bio (NASDAQ: MBII) where Saffron Hill was an early investor.  In addition to Agilyx, he currently serves on the Boards of Coyuchi, Faceware Technologies, and Image Metrics.

Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Mr. Bhatia worked as Advisor to the Chairman of Loot Ltd. where he advised on e-commerce strategy and investment and in a venture capital capacity for Lord Rothschild, evaluating technology venture opportunities.  Mr. Bhatia has had a long-term interest in environmental technology and policy. After interning in the Clinton administration´s White House Office on Environmental Policy, he worked in the environment and energy consulting groups at Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and Dyncorp.

Mr. Bhatia earned an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Business, an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Environmental Science from Occidental College.

William K. Caesar

GENERATE CAPITAL

William K. Caesar

GENERATE CAPITAL

About William

William “Bill” Caesar is an Operating Partner at Generate Capital, a company that builds, owns, and operates sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy projects and invests in clean technologies.  Bill joined Generate in 2021 following the sale of WCA Waste where he had served as the CEO since 2014.  Bill joined WCA after a four-year stint at Waste Management where he served as the President of WM Recycling and oversaw WM’s portfolio of early-stage technology and services investments. Prior to holding those positions, Bill served as Chief Strategy Officer for Waste Management. 

Before joining Waste Management, Bill was a principal in the Atlanta Office of McKinsey & Company, the world’s leading management consulting firm. During his 13-year tenure at McKinsey, Bill advised clients across a broad spectrum of industries including waste management on corporate strategy, growth initiatives, performance improvement and sales strategies. 

Prior to joining McKinsey, Bill was a Special Assistant to Ambassador Thomas Simons, the Coordinator of the U.S. assistance program in Russia and the NIS. Bill also served as a Russian political and economic analyst at the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, where he focused on defense conversion and nationalities issues. While at the State Department, Bill served for over one year at the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia and has made numerous trips to Russia and Central Asia. 

Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a masters’ degree from Georgetown University, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where he was awarded a Keller Scholar Fellowship and graduated as a Fuqua Scholar.

Catherine C. Keenan

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, CATHERINE C. KEENAN LLC – CONSULTING

Catherine C. Keenan

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL, CATHERINE C. KEENAN LLC – CONSULTING

About Catherine

An executive with 32 years of experience in the Chemical and Plastics industry, Catherine Keenan has deep experience in strategy development, government and public affairs, sustainability, crisis management, stakeholder engagement, branding and reputation management.

She served as Vice President, Public Affairs, Sustainability and Environment Health and Safety at Trinseo S.A., a global materials company from 2010 to 2020. She began her career at The Dow Chemical Company and held a series of leadership roles with responsibilities including Mergers and Acquisitions integration, industry affairs, public policy issues management, media relations and marketing communications.

She is founder of a consulting firm dedicated to serving organizations that are accelerating transformation, by building affordable, business-centric programs for sustainability and corporate responsibility that build value with customers, employees and stakeholders.

She is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism/Science Writing and a minor in Chemistry.

Peter Norris (Chair)

VIRGIN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED

Peter Norris (Chair)

VIRGIN GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED

About Peter

Mr. Norris is Chairman of Virgin Group Holdings Limited, a multinational venture capital firm with holdings in a wide range of industries. He has over 37 years of experience in investment banking and business management. Mr. Norris began his career at Barings in 1976. In 1984, he joined Goldman Sachs, before returning to Barings in 1987 to head the South East Asian advisory operations. Upon returning to London in 1994, he became CEO of Barings Investment Banking Group. Three months after his appointment, the notorious derivatives trading scandal in Singapore was revealed, which brought down the bank. In 1995, Mr. Norris established a corporate finance business, constructed around the needs of a client base of owner-entrepreneurs. In 2007, he merged this business with Quayle Munro Holdings Plc, an AIM listed company and became the CEO of the combined entity. He served in this capacity until the end of 2009, when he resigned his executive position to take the role of Chairman of the Virgin Group. He remains a senior adviser to Quayle Munro. Prior to becoming Chairman of Virgin, Mr. Norris acted as an adviser to the Group from 1996 and had chaired Virgin Active from 2002 to 2007. 

Mr. Norris graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Modern History and Modern Languages. 

Preben Rasch-Olsen

CARUCEL HOLDING

Preben Rasch-Olsen

CARUCEL HOLDING

About Preben

Mr. Rasch-Olsen currently holds the position as an Investment Director in a Norwegian family office. He is responsible for a long-only equity portfolio focusing primarily on listed companies but where a small portion can be invested in promising companies with potential to become publicly listed. Prior to this he worked as an equity analyst in Svenska Handelsbanken and Carnegie for combined 18 years covering companies within the renewable energy, retail and consumer goods sectors. Mr. Rasch-Olsen was top-ranked within his sectors for the past 7 years.

Mr. Rasch-Olsen is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and received a Master’s degree in Finance from the BI Norwegian Business School.

Tim Stedman

AGILYX AS

Tim Stedman

AGILYX AS

About Tim

Mr. Stedman is the CEO of Agilyx Corporation. Mr. Stedman has nearly 30 years of experience in polymer and olefins production, global supply chains, operations, business leadership, strategic development and implementation.

Prior to joining Agilyx, Mr. Stedman was the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development for Trinseo where he was responsible for leading Trinseo’s mergers and acquisition strategy development. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President for the Plastics and Feedstocks businesses and Global Supply Chain for Trinseo. In this role, he was responsible for business leadership for Performance Plastics, Polystyrene, and Styrene Monomer. He also served on the board of Americas Styrenics, a Joint Venture between Trinseo and CP Chem.

Before his time at Trinseo, Mr. Stedman spent over 20 years at ExxonMobil.  His last role was as the Business Director for ExxonMobil Chemical’s Basic Chemical business ($8B rev) and prior to that he was the Site manager for the Fife Ethylene Plant.    

Mr. Stedman holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with French from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, U.K., and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques, Nancy, France. He is also a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (U.K.). Mr. Stedman previously served on the boards of Petrochemicals Europe and the European Petrochemical Association and was also a member of the Energy and Climate Change Leadership Group of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Mr. Stedman represented Trinseo on the operating committee of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council and is a vice president of the Steering Board of PlasticsEurope.

Joe Vaillancourt

CYCLYX INTERNATIONAL, LLC.

Joe Vaillancourt

CYCLYX INTERNATIONAL, LLC.

About Joe

Mr. Vaillancourt is the Chief Executive Officer of Cyclyx International. Mr. Vaillancourt brings more than 25 years of operational, financial, and strategic experience in industrial, environmental and energy innovation and infrastructure development. Throughout his career, Mr. Vaillancourt has led in excess of $2 bil of debt and equity financings as well as M&A activities and has helped commercialize 15 environmental technologies working closely with large strategic companies and private equity firms in the energy and industrial sectors.

Prior to Agilyx and Cyclyx, Mr. Vaillancourt spent 15 years at Waste Management where he was one of the founding members of the corporate venturing group responsible for developing new and innovative growth platforms in the environmental, sustainability, solid waste, recycling, energy and cleantech sectors.  Mr. Vaillancourt has also held various roles in founding more than 10 companies in a diverse set of industries.

Mr. Vaillancourt holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. Mr. Vaillancourt is an external advisory board member of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and has held Director positions in over 15 companies.