Management Team

Keith B. Forman
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director

Keith Forman profile

Mr. Forman was appointed CEO, President and Director of Rentech in December 2014. Mr. Forman served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP from October 2011 until March 2016. Mr. Forman has an extensive background in master limited partnerships (MLPs). He has worked with MLPs in a variety of roles including as a banker, a senior executive and a director since the inception of MLPs in the 1980s. He previously served as chief financial officer of Crestwood Midstream Partners L.P., a private investment partnership focused on making equity investments in the midstream energy market. He also served as senior vice president for El Paso Corporation, a publicly traded provider of natural gas services, and chief financial officer of GulfTerra Energy Partners, L.P., a publicly traded MLP acquired by Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Mr. Forman currently serves on the board of Capital Product Partners L.P., a publicly traded shipping MLP. Mr. Forman received a B.A degree in economics and political science from Vanderbilt University.

Paul Summers
Chief Financial Officer

Paul Summers serves as Chief Financial Officer of Rentech. He is responsible for overseeing the finance, treasury and accounting functions of the company. Mr. Summers served as Rentech’s Vice President and Treasurer prior to his appointment as CFO. Mr. Summers has held various finance related roles at Rentech since 2006. While at Rentech, Mr. Summers has been involved with numerous public and private financings and was instrumental in the initial public offering and merger of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., a publicly traded subsidiary of Rentech that was divested in 2016. Prior to joining Rentech, Mr. Summers worked in investment banking and held principal investment roles with various financial institutions. His past employers include the investment banking divisions of Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup, Inc. as well as Allied Capital Corporation, where he was responsible for principal debt and equity investments. Mr. Summers graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Joe Herold
Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Joe Herold profile

Joe Herold joined Rentech in December, 2011 in the role of Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Herold served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. until the sale of the partnership. During the past 30 years, Mr. Herold has worked in the oil, chemical, aerospace and semiconductor industries, with leadership roles in operating sites, engineering design centers, sales & service offices and division & corporate headquarters. His experiences include leadership roles with Occidental Petroleum, AlliedSignal Aerospace, Robertshaw Controls and International Rectifier, where he held the position of VP, Global Human Resources. Mr. Herold has an extensive background in designing and implementing talent management and leadership development processes, organizational due diligence and integration of mergers & acquisitions, building effective employee engagement and labor relations partnerships and facilitating organization change. Mr. Herold is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, a member of the Human Resources Roundtable (HARRT) at UCLA's Anderson School of Business and a member of the Advisory Board to the Master's in Human Behavior program at USC. He also serves as a life skills trainer and mentor at Covenant House Los Angeles, and has served on the Training Advisory Board for Inroads LA.

Nicole Powe
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Nicole Powe joined Rentech in April 2007 and has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since July 2017. From May 2015 - July 2017, Ms. Powe served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Rentech, and prior to that, held various legal related roles at Rentech. Ms. Powe has been involved with numerous public and private financings and acquisition transactions of Rentech and its subsidiaries, including the initial public offering and merger of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., a publicly traded subsidiary of Rentech that was divested in 2016. Prior to joining Rentech, Ms. Powe practiced in the business and finance group of Hogan Lovells from November 2004 to March 2007. From June 2003 to October 2004 Ms. Powe acted as Legal Advisor and Vice President, Wholesale Bank in the New York Branch of Standard Charted Bank, an international banking group headquartered in London. Prior to that, from September 1999 to June 2003 Ms. Powe practiced at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Banking and Institutional Investing groups. Ms. Powe received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School receiving a Juris Doctor degree.

Mark R. Wilson
Chief Executive Officer, New England Wood Pellet

Mark R. Wilson serves as Chief Executive Officer of Rentech’s retail commercial heating business, New England Wood Pellet (NEWP). Mr. Wilson joined NEWP in March 2007. While at NEWP, Mr. Wilson has grown NEWP’s revenues by over 400% through new construction, acquisitions and expansions. Prior to his work in the wood pellet business, Mr. Wilson was predominantly engaged in the high technology turnaround business, holding executive positions at OpenCell Corp., LANart Corporation, and Telebit Corporation. Mr. Wilson earned a B.S. degree in materials engineering from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications

Julie Cafarella profile

Julie Cafarella brings over a decade of investor relations, communications and public reporting experience to her position of Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications at Rentech. Mrs. Cafarella served as Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. until the sale of the partnership. Prior to joining Rentech in 2007, Mrs. Cafarella served as Senior Manager, Financial and Operations Analysis and Investor Relations at Overhill Farms, which was a publicly traded food manufacturer. She also previously held the position of Manager, Investor Relations and Financial Research for fiber optic telecommunications provider Global Crossing, a NYSE listed company. Prior to that, she worked at the Investment Banking firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (Credit Suisse First Boston) where she worked on IPO and M&A transactions. Mrs. Cafarella graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, with a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in psychology. She is a member of the National Institute of Investor Relations (NIRI) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Kevin Cain
Vice President of Wood Chipping

Kevin Cain profile

Kevin Cain joined Rentech in March, 2014. In his current role as vice president of wood chipping, Mr. Cain will focus on improving operating and financial performance at all 26 U.S. Fulghum Fibres mills, along with growing Fulghum’s wood chipping business in North America. Mr. Cain’s experience spans over 35 years in the paper and forest products industry working in wood procurement, timberland management, marketing, sales, international project management, and business development efforts. His past employers in the paper and forest products industry include Southwest Forest Industries, Stone Container, Smurfit-Stone Container, Mead Paper, MeadWestvaco, and Rayonier. Mr. Cain graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. degree in Forestry.

Dennis C. Corn
Vice President, Projects

Dennis Corn profile

Dennis C. Corn joined Rentech in March, 2015 as Vice President, Projects. He is responsible for managing the late stage development and execution of Rentech’s major capital projects across all of its business lines, including the Canadian wood pellet facilities. His career spans over 35 years and his experience includes the project development and management of large complex projects such as natural gas fired, coal fired, geothermal, and biomass to power projects and coal and natural gas-to-liquids projects. His past employers include Florida Power & Light, Air Liquide, Southern Electric International, Calpine, FPL Energy and Eastman Chemical. He has also worked as an independent consultant for research firms focused on the commercialization of technologies in the power space, independent power developers, and private equity firms. Dennis received his B.S in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.