Simon Rich

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Simon Rich "has served as a director of Verenium since March 12, 2008. Mr. Rich is CEO of Fuqua Rich Weeks, a private equity partnership focused in the energy sector. He spent more than 15 years with the Louis Dreyfus Group where he held various positions, beginning with Executive Vice President of Louis Dreyfus Energy; Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas; and Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Duke-Louis Dreyfus, a joint venture between Duke Energy and Louis Dreyfus Group. He then went on to become President of Louis Dreyfus Holding Company. During Mr. Rich's tenure with the Louis Dreyfus Group, he helped build the company into a major petroleum products distributor and oil refiner in the US and Europe. Mr. Rich then created Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas, which was taken public in 1993 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and merged with Dominion Resources in 2001. Mr. Rich also started EDF Trading in 1999, originally a joint venture of Louis Dreyfus and Electricité de France, an energy merchant in Europe with the responsibility for the economic dispatch of the French electric system. Mr. Rich currently teaches at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University, where he formerly chaired the board of visitors. His current affiliations include Chairman of the Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina and Chairman for the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Mr. Rich is a graduate of Duke University." [1]

"Simon is the former Chairman and CEO of Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas. He has a solar powered organic grass fed cattle farm in North Carolina, and chairs several NGOs, including the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in North Carolina." [2]

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  1. Board, Verenium, accessed January 27, 2009.
  2. Slow Money People, organizational web page, accessed February 6, 2012.
  3. Capital Institute Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed January 11, 2013.