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 has served as a member of the board of directors of Rentech Nitrogen Partners LP since October 2011. 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.

Dan J. Cohrs
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President

Dan J. Cohrs profile

Since October 2008, Dan Cohrs has served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Rentech, and is responsible for all finance and accounting functions; mergers and acquisitions; corporate strategy; government affairs and external communications of the company. Mr. Cohrs also serves as CFO of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. Mr. Cohrs brings more than two decades of experience in corporate finance, strategy and planning and mergers and acquisitions. Joining Rentech from the private investment and consulting firm Skycrest Ventures, LLC, Mr. Cohrs previously held senior positions in corporate strategy, development and finance in industry-leading companies such as Marriott, Northwest Airlines, GTE and Global Crossing, where he was Chief Financial Officer for five years. In those positions, Mr. Cohrs built and managed global financial and planning organizations, raised more than $25 billion of capital, and participated in some of the largest M&A transactions in the history of the telecommunications industry. Mr. Cohrs has been a strategy consultant with Marakon Associates, and a faculty member at Cornell University and Harvard University, teaching courses in corporate governance and finance. He earned a B.S. degree in engineering from Michigan State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in finance, economics, and public policy from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Sean Ebnet
Senior Vice President of Wood Fibre

Sean Ebnet profile

Sean Ebnet joined Rentech in October, 2012. In his role as Senior Vice President of our wood fibre business, he is responsible for growing and managing Rentech's wood fibre business. He began his career with the United States Forest Service before moving into the private sector where he worked as a consultant to numerous forest products companies, power utilities and government agencies. In 2000, Mr. Ebnet became Executive Director of Alternative Energy Investment Group where he was responsible for the screening, research and development of privately funded renewable power projects. In 2008 he joined the British utility Drax Power Ltd. as Director of New Business and spearheaded the company's transition of the 4,000 MW coal plant into the largest biomass co-firing power station in the world. Mr. Ebnet graduated from the University of Washington with B.S. in Zoology and Environmental Sciences.

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 also serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. 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.

Colin M. Morris
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Colin M. Morris profile

Colin Morris serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Rentech, which he joined in June 2006. Mr. Morris also serves as General Counsel for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. He practiced corporate and securities law at the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP from 2004 to 2006. Previously, Mr. Morris spent seven years practicing corporate and securities law in the Silicon Valley offices of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

Jeffrey R. Spain
Senior Vice President – Finance, Accounting & Administration

Jeffrey R. Spain profile

Jeffrey R. Spain joined Rentech in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting. In December 2014 Mr. Spain was appointed Senior Vice President of Finance, Accounting, and Administration for the Wood Fibre group. Mr. Spain's experience spans over 20 years and includes investment banking and operations management and Chief Financial Officer roles of high growth companies. His past employers include Credit Suisse First Boston, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, LeadPoint, Inc. and eNutrition, Inc. Mr. Spain received his Masters of Business Administration from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and earned his Bachelor's degree in finance from Southern Methodist 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 also serves as Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P. Prior to joining Rentech in 2007, Mrs. Cafarella served as Senior Manager, Financial and Operations Analysis and Investor Relations at Overhill Farms, 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).