D. Hunt Ramsbottom
Chief Executive Officer, President & Director
Since December 2005, Hunt Ramsbottom has served as CEO, President and Director of Rentech. He also serves as CEO of Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P of which Rentech is the general partner. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ramsbottom acquired nearly 70 small to medium sized-companies with strong market potential, growing them into larger, more profitable ventures and strategically taking select private companies into the public realm. Mr. Ramsbottom has leveraged this extensive business and management experience to grow Rentech and Rentech Nitrogen through the acquisition of Fulghum Fibres in 2013, Rentech Pasadena in 2012 (formerly Agrifos LLC), and was instrumental in the acquisition of Rentech East Dubuque in 2005 (formerly Royster Clark-Nitrogen). He joined Rentech from Circle Funding Group LLC, a buyout firm where, as Principal and Managing Director, he spent two years acquiring a range of companies in the distribution and manufacturing sectors. From 1998 to 2005, he was CEO and Chairman of the automotive repair venture M2 Automotive. Prior to that, he led Thompson PBE for seven years, taking the company public in 1995 and growing it into the largest supplier of paints and related supplies. He also previously served as President and CEO of Kellow Brown, a printer, packager and distributor for major computer hardware and software clients. Mr. Ramsbottom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Plymouth State College.
Dan J. Cohrs
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
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.
John H. Diesch
Senior Vice President of Operations
As Senior Vice President of Operations for Rentech, John Diesch is responsible for plant operations, environmental health and safety as well as permitting efforts on future operating plants acquired or developed by the Company. Mr. Diesch holds similar responsibilities for Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., serving as its President. Joining Rentech after seven years as Managing Director of Royster-Clark Nitrogen, he previously served as Vice President and General Manager of Nitrogen Production and Distribution for IMC AgriBusiness. In 1991, he joined Vigoro Industries as Cincinnati Plant Manager after serving as Plant Manager, Production Manager and Process Engineer with Arcadian Corporation, Columbia Nitrogen Corp. and Monsanto Company. Mr. Diesch is a board member of The Fertilizer Institute and previously held a board seat with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, and was recently Management Chairman of the Board for the Dubuque Area Labor Management Council. Mr. Diesch is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University, with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Studies.
Senior Vice President of Business Development
Sean Ebnet joined Rentech in October, 2012 in the role of Senior Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Ebnet 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.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
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 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 of Finance and Accounting
Jeffrey R. Spain joined Rentech in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting. 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.
Dr. Harold A. Wright
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Harold Wright leverages deep experience in fuel technology development to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Rentech. He joined the Company in 2005 after serving as Vice President of Technology for Eltron Research & Development, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. This followed a 14-year tenure with ConocoPhillips where he worked in various capacities including Director of gas-to-liquids (GTL) research and development from 2004-05 and Director of synthesis gas development from 2000-04. In these roles, he was responsible for synthesis gas technology development; GTL commercial reactor design; directing GTL catalyst development; and product upgrading technology development. He oversaw all aspects of the company's scale-up of GTL technology, which resulted in a 400 barrel per day demonstration plant in Ponca City, Oklahoma. With 24 U.S. Patents issued to his credit, he is also a registered patent agent and is authorized to practice patent law before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Dr. Wright received a B.S. in chemical engineering, cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Purdue University.
Julie Dawoodjee Cafarella
Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications
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).