Board of Directors
guiding the success
Ryan Gilliam, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gilliam founded Chemetry, originally as a research division within Calera Corporation, in 2008. Through Chemetry, Dr. Gilliam seeks to redefine how commodity chemicals are made through taking a new look at an old industry. Dr. Gilliam obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Materials Science and Engineering. On his work in catalysis and electrochemistry, Dr. Gilliam has 10 peer reviewed publications and has presented his work at multiple international conferences. He is an inventor on 13 U.S. Patents and an additional 27 foreign patents pertaining to Calera’s and Chemetry’s work.
Samir is a founding general partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focuses on sustainability investing including food and agriculture. He has been a leading investor in Hampton Creek, Sand Hill Foods, OSCAR Health, Soraa and View, among many others. A number of Samir’s investments have achieved significant results including Ausra [acquired by AREVA] and NanoH20 [acquired by LG Chem].
Samir holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan. He also studied biochemistry, specifically gene regulation and expression, at the University of Maryland. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.
In his free time, Samir enjoys golf, running, tennis, reading and traveling. He is an avid sports fan with undying loyalty to the Michigan Wolverines, Washington Redskins and Boston Red Sox.
William Roach, PhD
Dr. Roach became chief executive officer of Cavalier Energy in November 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Roach served as CEO of Calera in Los Gatos, California. He was the president and CEO of UTS Energy, where he oversaw the successful identification, acquisition and development of a significant portfolio of oil sands leases interspaced with, and ultimately coveted by, a number of the active super majors in the area. UTS was sold to TOTAL E&P Canada for approximately $1.5 billion. Dr. Roach has a successful 25-year track record directing and managing the design, construction, and delivery of large, capital-intensive, national and international upstream oil and gas projects. He has worked internationally for Shell and British-Borneo, and on the east coast of Canada for Husky Energy. Dr. Roach is a professional engineer in Canada and the U.K. and holds a B.Sc. in metallurgy and a Ph.D. in physical metallurgy.
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