DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol appoints Joseph R. Skurla as President

WILMINGTON, Del., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark , July 21, 2008 (press release) – DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC (DDCE) has appointed Joseph R. Skurla as president to lead the joint venture’s development and commercialization of low-cost cellulosic ethanol technologies that utilize non-food feedstocks.   

Skurla, 58, brings over 30 years of experience related to the oil refining and chemical industries, most recently leading the development of DuPont Clean Technologies business.  Under Skurla’s leadership, the business is providing services and on-site technologies that provide cleaner air and fuel capabilities to the oil and gas industry.  Customers range from major integrated international oil companies to independent refiners throughout the world.

“Joe brings great knowledge of the oil and refining businesses to the DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol joint venture,” said Tjerk deRuiter, DDCE board member and CEO of Genencor, a division of Danisco.  “I am confident that with Joe on board, we have now empowered the joint venture with the right combination of biotechnology, business and engineering experience to accelerate the delivery of low cost cellulosic ethanol technologies to the global markets.”

“DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol will be the advantaged provider of cellulosic ethanol to the world, and I look forward to leading the efforts to get our technologies to market,” Skurla said.

“The global mandate for energy security is now coupled with a global imperative for transportation fuel solutions that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.  To that end, we are dedicated to delivering cellulosic ethanol fuels to market quickly and responsibly.”  

DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC is dedicated to the development and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol.  Bringing together two leaders in the field -- DuPont and Genencor, a division of Danisco -- DDCE leverages more than $140 million of investment and over 10 years of research and development to bring to market global, integrated cellulosic ethanol technology packages that utilize various non-food feedstocks.  The company’s mission includes accelerating development of commercial scale biorefineries, creating value for the renewable fuels and agricultural industries and leading the way toward a low-carbon economy. 

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