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Locus Performance Ingredients Leadership

The Locus PI leadership team has 75+ years of combined experience in biotechnology and ingredient formulation from global industry leaders. They have come together to drive new innovation within the space with the goal of improving the safety, sustainability and performance of formulations. How? Through the development of cost-effective and customized biosurfactant ingredients.

Lee Speight

Lee Speight, Ph.D.

VP Products and Technology

“We’re focused on replacing harsh and often toxic chemicals with 100% bio-based, safe and environmentally sustainable ingredients that outperform petrochemical alternatives.”

• Responsible for the product, business and technical development of Locus Performance Ingredients
• Formerly Director, Product Development for Green Biologics, Inc.
• Led the development and introduction of multiple new consumer packaged products in personal care and home products with major CPG’s
• Introduced USDA BioPreferred® charcoal lighting fluid – Kingsford® Ecolight™ in partnership with Clorox
• Executed value proposition validation programs to dramatically increase the sales of commodity biochemicals
• PhD Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania
• BSc Chemistry from the College of William & Mary

Tim Staub

Tim Staub


“Our GMO-free ingredients are multifunctional, easy to formulate, and provide a broad range of high-performance benefits in personal care, home care and industrial applications.”

• 35+ years of experience in global specialty chemicals and biotechnology
• Former CEO - Fermentum, CEO - Sampson Coatings, President & COO - Cellfor, Global VP Business Development - Green Biologics, Director Forestry Biotechnology – Monsanto, Director Marketing & Sales – Arch Chemicals (Olin)
• Managed $80 million antimicrobial business in personal care and industrial markets at Olin/Arch, $115 million performance coatings materials business at Monsanto
• MBA J.L. Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University
• BSc Industrial Management – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• Executive development programs at Harvard Law School, Columbia Business School, the Center for Creative Leadership, Academy for Technology CEO’s (Canada)
• U.S. Navy veteran – surface warfare

Greg Smith

Greg Smith

VP Sales and Marketing

“We look forward to collaborating with you to solve your formulation problems and take performance to a new level.”

• 31+ years of sales and marketing experience in specialty chemicals and ingredients businesses
• 15 years as Marketing & Sales Director with Croda
• 13 years with OxyChem & Lyondell/Equistar in commodity chemical sales
• Commercial lead home care/ I&I and industrial businesses for Croda’s North America
• Sustainability champion holistically focused on increasing global, social, and environmental benefits for stakeholders
• B2B digitalization expert for marketing, business development, lead generation, and e-commerce
• Deep experience in supply chain management, procurement, account management & distribution
• Significant key account management experience – oversaw global and national accounts at OxyChem and Lyondell/Equistar
• BS Business Administration with Major in Finance & Minor in Economics from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Industry-Leading Advisory Board

Our panel of top CPG and entrepreneurial executives are driving the global adoption of sustainable biosurfactant ingredients in product formulations

Kevin Gallagher

“The ability to develop high-performing, 100% bio-based ingredients through fermentation is finally a reality thanks to Locus PI. This is a transformational step forward in improving the sustainability of everyday products by using biology instead of chemistry.”

• Nearly four-decade career with Croda International Plc—beginning as a formulation chemist and retiring as the first president of Croda’s global personal care & actives
• Fellow of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists and co-author of seven patents
• Held board positions for the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), American Cleaning Institute (ACI), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers University
• Received multiple distinguished honors for his work, including the In-Cosmetics Lifetime Achievement Award and the ICIS Industry Contribution award at the World Surfactant Congress

Reinhold Brand

“We’re all proud to be part of an advisory board that can accelerate the use of Locus PI’s environmentally friendly and low-carbon biosurfactant ingredients made using sustainably processes.”

• 37-year career in senior executive roles and extensive international experience in general management of specialty chemicals
• Retired president of Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation
• 10 years on the board of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) before joining the New Richmond Ventures (NRV) after retirement
• Holds current board positions with the Virginia Manufacturers Association and Virginia Commonwealth University Intellectual Property Foundation

Tom Vetrano

“This advisory board will help propel Locus PI into a global leadership position for low-carbon biosurfactant ingredients across the CPG and industrial markets”

• Former president and managing director of Ramboll Environ, Inc., one of the largest environmental engineering companies
• Past leadership roles include chief operating officer for Environ International Corporation, and adviser to large private equity and Fortune 500 companies
• Currently a board member for Locus Fermentation Solutions, the accelerator company for Locus PI

An Experienced Team

with Proven Success





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Locus Fermentation Solutions Leadership

Locus Performance Ingredients (Locus PI) is an operating company of Locus Fermentation Solutions (Locus FS), an award-winning green tech start-up accelerating solutions for multiple industries.

Andy Lefkowitz

Chairman & Co-Founder

Sean Farmer

CSO & Co-Founder

Filed Patents

World-class scientists from 7 countries

Led by Dr. Ken Alibek, former lead scientific administrator of the Soviet Union’s biological R&D program

Sean Farmer Quote

“We’ve found the key to cost-effectively producing and rapidly scaling high-performance and multifunctional biosurfactants that can be customized for any application.”

– Sean Farmer, CSO & Co-Founder

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