Tim Fogarty – Chair of the Board
Mr. Fogarty has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer and a Partner of the Contrarian Group, Inc., an investment and management company which is also an investor in MBI through its limited partnership, CGI Opportunity Fund II, L.P. Prior to joining Contrarian Group in 2006, Mr. Fogarty held various financial and executive positions within the insurance industry. Mr. Fogarty has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting and holds a current validCalifornia CPA license.
Pamela Marrone, Ph.D. – Founder and CEO, Marrone Bio Innovations
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 to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, raising net proceeds of $56.4 million.
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 80 biopesticide and related companies, is on the Board of the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists Foundation and is a Board member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation. Pam also serves on the UC Davis College of Ag and Environmental Sciences and the Cornell University College of Ag and Life Sciences Deans’ Advisory Councils. She is the Treasurer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).
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).
Michael Benoff – Board Member
Mr. Benoff jointed the Board of Directors in 2016. Mr. Benoff has worked as independent consultant since 2008, advising clients on corporate strategy and corporate finance, including preparing business models, structuring debt acquisitions, managing capital markets transactions and advising on equity capitalization matters. Mr. Benoff previously served as the CFO of The Money Store Inc., retiring after its sale in 1999, after which he became active as a private investor. Mr. Benoff is currently a board member of the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Mr. Benoff received his B.A. in Politics at Princeton University.
George Kerckhove – Board Member
Mr. Kerckhove joined the Board of Directors of Marrone Bio Innovations in July 2014. He worked with the American Standard Companies from 1988 through 2000, where he served as VP and Chief Financial Officer, Executive VP and Global Sector Manager of various countries and President and General Manager of the European Division. Prior to that, he served in a variety of positions from 1962 through 1987 with The Trane Company, from Product Manager in several product departments, VP and General Manager, Process Equipment Division, and Executive VP and General Manager of both the US and International Commercial Equipment Divisions. Mr. Kerckhove currently serves on both the investment and nomination committees of the Gundersen Medical Foundation board of directors. He previously served on the board of directors for Merix Corporation, where he chaired the audit committee, Wellspring International, American Standard Companies and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy Land Trust. Mr. Kerckhove received Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA, all from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Rich Rominger – Board Member
Mr. Rominger joined the MBI Board of Directors in 2007 and served as the Chair of the Board from 2007-2013. Mr. Rominger is an icon in California’s agricultural community and is recognized as a leader in bipartisan efforts to keep American agriculture healthy and sustainable.
Active in farm organizations and cooperatives, Rominger served as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture for eight years during the Clinton Administration, where he worked to improve farm policy, including the establishment of the National Organic Standards. Prior to his term in Washington, DC, he was Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture for six years. He currently serves on the University of California (UC) President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources, and recently completed a term on the Board of Regents of the University of California representing alumni. He is on the board of directors of the respected American Farmland Trust, the Roots of Change Council, and the Ag Innovations Network, founded to support the emergence of a sustainable food system. Rich received a Bachelor of Science Degree (summa cum laude) in plant science from UC Davis, where he met his wife Evelyne, and is a member of the agricultural honorary society of Alpha Zeta.
Kathleen A. Merrigan, Ph.D. – Board Member
Dr. Merrigan joined our board of directors in 2016. Dr. Merrigan has served as the executive director of sustainability at The George Washington University since 2014, where she leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative and GW Food Institute and serves as a professor of public policy. She has also been actively involved with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since 1998, serving in various roles including delegation head, chairman and lecturer. From 2013 to 2014, Dr. Merrigan worked as an independent consultant advising clients on strategic business planning. From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Merrigan served as deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Merrigan is currently a board member of FoodCorps and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010.
Dr. Merrigan received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Environmental Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Williams College. We believe Dr. Merrigan’s qualifications to sit on our board include her extensive experience in and knowledge of agriculture and food systems as well as the perspective gained in the leadership roles she has in the agriculture and sustainability space.
Zachary S. Wochok, Ph.D. – Board Member
Dr. Wochok joined the Board in 2016. He is currently President and Founder of the consulting company The Wochok Group, LLC. Previously he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PGP International, Inc., a a 250+ employee stand-alone company of ABF Ingredients Company, a division of Associated British Foods, based in Woodland, CA. Before that, he also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NURTURE, Inc. (in Missoula, MT), as President and Chief Operating Officer of Calgene, Inc., which was then publicly traded, and as the Chief Executive Officer of Plant Genetics, Inc. (also of Davis, CA), during which time the company completed an initial public offering and later merged with Calgene, Inc., creating the largest plant biotechnology company in the United States. He has also served as business development manager in the new ventures department at Monsanto and a lead scientist for Weyerhaeuser Company.
Dr. Wochok currently serves as Chairman of UC Davis’ California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research. He also serves as Industry Advisor to Michaelson Capital and is Director/Board Advisor, to Nucelis, Inc. and Cibus Global in San Diego, CA. Previously he served on the Board of Advisors for the biopesticide company, Phyllom, Inc.
Dr. Wochok began his career as a professor of biology at the University of Alabama, following an NIH funded post-doctoral position at Yale University. Dr. Wochock received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Plant Physiology from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Biology from Villanova University and a B.S. in Biology from La Salle University.