BLUE SUN BIODIESEL | News
New President & COO to Lead Blue Sun through Next Growth Phase
GOLDEN, Colo., March 18 – Blue Sun Biodiesel announced today that the Company's Board of Directors appointed Michael Miller to the newly-created President and Chief Operating Officer role.
"We're fortunate to have a leader of Mike's caliber on the team who brings over fifteen years of petroleum experience to this new role. By aligning our Agriculture, Production and Fuels businesses under his leadership, we'll improve Blue Sun's ability to execute and to quickly build operational capabilities and processes," said Blue Sun's Chief Executive Officer Jeff Probst.
The Board selected Miller as the natural choice to lead the company in its next growth phase. Mike brings 30 years' experience in consumer-facing organizations such as BP, Castrol, PepsiCo and Ford to his Chief Operating role.
Mr. Miller has extensive experience creating value in fuels and lubricants sectors, in complex environments across international boundaries. He spent the last decade, in Europe and Asia, leading large, cross-functional, culturally diverse petroleum teams improving business profitability and competitiveness. As the first American CEO appointed overseas by Burmah Castrol plc, he was recognized for strong executive leadership in two of their Annual Reports while in Malaysia and managing through the Asian Financial Crisis. He blends strategic thinking with an operational management style and brings 15 years' experience in the Oil & Gas industry to this role.
Mr. Miller holds a MBA from the Harvard Business School and he has a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University, where he graduated with Highest Honors.
Blue Sun Biodiesel announced additional appointments to its Executive team. Sean Lafferty will serve as Vice President of Technology and Strategic Projects. Sean previously served as VP Operations at Blue Sun since its founding in November, 2001 and is a company founder. Sean has 15 years' engineering experience with a focus on power systems and renewable energy. Jerry Washburn will continue as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. For 35 years, Mr. Washburn has been developing companies' financial strength to build them into industry leaders. He has served in a number of senior corporate governance positions (President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive) and has extensive functional experience in finance and administration. Todd Kleinman will continue as Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Blue Sun, Mr. Kleinman was in private legal practice where he gained experience on a wide range of commercial matters. Randy Rutherford moves into the role of Sales & Marketing Manager reporting to Mike Miller. Miller, Lafferty, Washburn, Kleinman and Probst are the company's Executive Committee.
About Blue Sun Biodiesel
Blue Sun Biodiesel, LLC is a vertically integrated manufacturer and marketer of premium agricultural and renewable fuels products. Blue Sun's exclusive distribution network features specially-appointed and trained distributors and proprietary high-volume, state-of-the-art ratio blending terminals, which ensure Blue Sun Fusion (TM) is blended and supplied according to its industry-leading quality specifications. For more information, please visit http://www.gobluesun.com.