Management Team

Our Executive Officers

Pamela Marrone, Ph.D.
Pamela Marrone, Ph.D.Founder and CEO

Dr. Pamela Marrone, CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), started the company in 2006 to discover and develop effective and environmentally responsible, biologically-based products for pest management and plant health. In August 2013, she led the company IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Prior to establishing MBI, Dr. Marrone founded AgraQuest (1995-2006) where she served as its CEO, Chairman and President. Before AgraQuest, she was founding president of Entotech, Inc. (1990-1995), a biopesticide subsidiary of Novo Nordisk. Pam started her career in biopesticides by leading the Insect Biology group at Monsanto (1983-1990), which was involved in pioneering projects based on natural products and plant biotechnology.

In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Pam is active with industry and other ag and education-related organizations. She is the founding Chair of the Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA), a trade association of more than 100 biopesticide and related companies, is on the Board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation and is a past Board member and Treasurer of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

In 2016, Pam was elected by her fellow Cornell alumni to Cornell University’s Board of Trustees. Pam also serves on the UC Davis College of Ag and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council and for many years served on the Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences Dean’s Council. She is the Treasurer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

She was recently appointed to the Board of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, which brings together leading experts to identify and investigate the questions whose answers have the potential to enhance the economic and environmental resilience of our food supply. In 2013, Dr. Marrone was named the Sacramento Business Journal’s Businessperson of the Year and in 2014 the “Best Manager with Strategic Vision.” by Agrow, the industry’s leading global trade publication and media group. These are two of many awards she has received for her leadership.

Dr. Marrone has a B.S. in entomology with Honors and Distinction from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University. She is a Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

James (Jim) Boyd
James (Jim) BoydChief Financial Officer

Jim Boyd joined Marrone Bio Innovations as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2014. He brings over thirty years of financial management experience spanning a variety of industries and companies ranging from Fortune 100 firms to start-ups and covering all aspects of the financial function including SEC reporting, GAAP compliance, SOX and internal controls, planning and budgeting as well as broad experience in debt, equity and M&A transactions.

His background includes over 12 years as a public company CFO including seven years as the CFO of ESS Technology, a $300 million manufacturer of DVD and image sensor devices, and three years as the CFO of Silicon Storage Technology, a $400 million manufacturer of memory and non-memory chips. Boyd has also been the CFO of several start-ups including Link-A-Media Devices.

Boyd earned a MBA in finance from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Golden Gate University.

Linda Moore
Linda MooreGeneral Counsel

Linda Moore joined Marrone Bio Innovations as general counsel in 2014. She has brought a wide range of corporate legal experience, both domestic and international, to the newly created position. Linda has served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a number of technology companies including Merix Corp., Phoenix Technologies, and Jabil Circuit, in addition to being co-founder and principal of The Moore Group. Her extensive legal background in the areas of intellectual property, securities regulations and compliance, corporate governance, labor relations, and litigation management lends critical support to MBI business operations. Linda’s experience in international tax, labor, and facilities issues through expatriate and extended assignments in Europe, Asia and Latin America is key in helping to manage the company’s continuing overseas expansion.

Linda is generous with lending her legal skills to several organizations and social causes. She has served as an Executive Mentor to Astia (formerly Women’s Technology Cluster), sat on the Advisory Board for Remedy Interactive and Opportunity Works, and has done pro bono work for the Hospice of San Mateo County.

She earned her J.D. at Michigan State University School of Law and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and Santa Clara University.

Our Leadership Team

Amit Vasavada , Ph.D.
Amit Vasavada , Ph.D.Vice President R&D

Dr. Vasavada has 30 years of experience in industrial bioproducts, fermentation R&D and manufacturing, process engineering, and technology transfer. His broad commercial background includes positions with General Atomics, Vical Inc., Diversa Corporation, Monsanto (CP Kelco), and Chiron Corp. Dr. Vasavada is a co-inventor on three patents and is a frequent invited speaker at professional scientific society meetings. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Microbiology at the University of California, Davis.

Keith Pitts
Keith PittsVice President of Regulatory Affairs

Keith Pitts has served in numerous senior legislative, administrative, regulatory and public policy roles for more than two decades, and has been actively involved in shaping domestic and international policies regarding pesticides, organic agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, invasive species, climate change, specialty crops and food safety. He joined MBI in 2008, after working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a special assistant to deputy secretary Richard Rominger, and to Secretary Dan Glickman.

Pitts led several key agricultural, environmental and food safety initiatives for the USDA and the Clinton Administration. His career work has focused on issues such as the president’s Initiative to Ensure the Safety of Imported and Domestic Fruits and Vegetables, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Montreal Protocol and phase-out of methyl bromide, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, major reform of U.S. pesticide policy and agricultural biotechnology policy, the WTO and NAFTA, and several U.S. farm bills. He was also the USDA leader on developing and implementing the president’s Executive Order on Invasive Species and the president’s National Invasive Species Management Plan.

Most recently, Pitts was public policy director for the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, a nonpartisan research and policy organization based in Washington, DC, where he led all of the organization’s policy-related activities.

Pitts is on the Research Advisory Council for the Farmland Trust and is also a member of the National Academies of Science Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (The National Research Council) headquartered in Washington, DC.

Pitts holds a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brian Ahrens
Brian AhrensVice President, Sales

A veteran of the agriculture industry with 20 years of business and industry experience, Brian Ahrens joined Marrone Bio Innovations from ADAMA Agriculture Solutions (formerly Mahkteshium Agan – MANA) where he served as Strategic Business Leader, Innovation Leader, Northern Regional Business Manager and Senior Product Manager. Prior to his time at ADAMA, Ahrens held multiple positions with BASF Corporation, Bayer CropScience, Aventis CropScience and Rhône-Poulenc Ag Company.  Ahrens has a B.S. in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University, with a concentration in marketing and sales.

Tim Johnson, Ph.D.
Tim Johnson, Ph.D.Vice President of Field Development and Technical Services

Dr. Timothy Johnson currently serves as Vice President of Field Development and Technical Services after having several management roles since joining Marrone Bio Innovations in 2008. A published researcher and lecturer, .Dr. Johnson has 30 years of experience in the development and market support of biopesticides for use in agricultural pest management.

As a senior and contributing author, Dr. Johnson has lectured at national and regional meetings of the Entomological Society of America, Society for Invertebrate Pathology, American Mosquito Association, International Entomological Congress, the First International Conference on Bacillus thuringiensis and the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

Johnson holds two US patents and his research has been published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, Canadian Entomologist, Florida Entomologist, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the Journal of Bacteria and Entomophaga. He is a contributing author in C. Gawron-Burke and T. B. Johnson. 1994. Developments of Bacillus thuringiensis-based pesticides for the control of potato insect pests. In Advances in Potato Pest Biology and Management APS Press, and in J. A. Baum, T. B. Johnson and B. C. Carlton.  Bacillus thuringiensis.  Natural and Recombinant Products.  From: Methods in Biotechnology, vol. 5: Biopesticides: Use and Delivery. Humana Press Inc.

Mr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from Purdue University.

Nancy M. Hood
Nancy M. HoodVice President of Marketing

Nancy M. Hood hails from six generation of farmers and ranchers in the Texas Panhandle, learning to drive a tractor before a car. She has extensive experience in production agriculture and livestock management. Professionally, she has spent more than 20 years working to help American agriculture meet global standards for production, sustainability, transparency and social responsibility while marketing seeds, equipment and crop protection products. She has worked in virtually every state in the U.S., leading initiatives in corn, cotton, soybeans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, wheat, canola, milo and numerous specialty crops.  Nancy developed and led marketing and communication strategies for both biological and conventional crop protection products, seed, forestry, agricultural finance, animal pharmaceuticals, small specialty farms, bioenergy, agricultural equipment and global sustainability initiatives.

Because of her passion for every facet of Agriculture, Nancy has received a number of professional accolades and is an award winning agricultural journalist. She is a life member of American AgriWomen, and has held leadership positions in several agriculture and marketing associations, such as the National Agricultural Marketing Association, Livestock Publications Council and American Agricultural Editors Association. Nancy is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she studied agricultural economics and technical writing.