Board of Directors
Richard J. Clothier
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Board, Chair Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Mr. Clothier has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AquaBounty since April 2006. He has served as the Chairman of Robinson Plc from 2004 to 2018, of Spearhead International Ltd from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Clothier retired as Group Chief Executive of PGI Group Plc, an international agricultural products producer, following 20 years with Dalgety Plc, where he was chief executive officer of the genetics firm Pig Improvement Company until 1992 and then Group Chief Executive Officer until 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Natal University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Clothier’s extensive experience, both as an executive in the food industry and as a director of public and private companies, provides considerable operating, strategic, and policy knowledge to our Board of Directors.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sylvia Wulf was appointed an Executive Director, President and CEO of AquaBounty Technologies in January 2019. Previously, she was President of the Manufacturing Division and SVP of Merchandising for US Foods, a $23 billion broad line foodservice distributor with responsibility for the P&L of the $10 billion Meat, Seafood and Produce operations and the $1 billion Manufacturing Division of U.S. Foods. Her expertise spans a diverse set of company environments including start-up, rapid growth, mature, consolidation and traditional businesses ranging in size from $100 million to $10 billion in revenue. Her success in growing revenue and market share coupled with her strengths in strategy development, mergers & acquisitions, environmental & social governance and operations positively impacted respected brands such as US Foods, Tyson, Sara Lee and Bunge. Sylvia was named one of the most powerful women in Illinois by the National Diversity Council in 2016.
Christine T. St.Clare
Non-Executive Director Chair, Audit Committee
Christine St.Clare joined the Board of AquaBounty in May 2014. She is a former Audit Partner at KPMG LLP, and served a four-year term on KPMG’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tilray, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee. She formerly served as a Director on the board of Polymer Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of engineered materials, and on the board of Fibrocell Science, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed company. She was the Audit Committee Chair for both companies until their sale to strategic buyers. Ms. St.Clare holds a BS in accounting from California State University at Long Beach and help CPA certificates in California, Texas and Georgia.
Richard L. Huber
Non-Executive Director Chair, Compensation Committee Member, Audit Committee
Richard Huber joined the Board of AquaBounty after the Company’s public offering in 2006. Mr. Huber is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Aetna, a major U.S. health insurer, and is currently an independent investor in a number of companies operating in a wide range of businesses, mainly in South America. Following a 40-year career in the financial services industry, Mr. Huber now serves as a Director of Invina, a non-public wine producer in Chile, and grower and exporter of apples, blueberries and cherries. Previously, he served on the Boards of Gafisa, the largest integrated residential-housing developer in Brazil, and Antarctic Shipping SA of Chile, as well as several other companies in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. He holds an AB in Chemistry from Harvard.
Theodore F. Fisher
Mr. Fisher serves as the Senior Managing Director of Third Security, LLC (“Third Security”), where he focuses on mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions; governance; securities; and regulatory issues. Mr. Fisher serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Genopaver, LLC, a position he has held since March 2013, and as a member of the company’s Joint Steering Committee since December 2014. Since December 2014, Mr. Fisher has served as Secretary and Treasurer of Persea Bio, LLC and as a member of the company’s Joint Steering Committee. Additionally, since February 2020, Mr. Fisher has served as Secretary of Eleszto Genetika, Inc.; as Vice President and Secretary of Oxitec UK Holdings, Inc.; as President and Secretary of Okanagan Produce Holdings, Inc.; and as President and Secretary of Fruit Orchard Holdings, Inc. Prior to joining Third Security, Mr. Fisher practiced law in the areas of capital markets and mergers and acquisitions at the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law.
Alana D. Czypinski
Since 2006, Ms. Czypinski has been responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of Professional Household Services LLC, a multi-state entity that provides services for a high net worth individual and family. Ms. Czypinski holds a B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University.
Rick Sterling joined the Board of AquaBounty in September 2013. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Intrexon. Prior to joining Intrexon, he was with KPMG where he worked in the audit practice for over 17 years, with a client base primarily in the healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sterling’s experience includes serving clients in both the private and public sector, including significant experience with SEC filings and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. He has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Virginia Tech and is a licensed CPA.
James C. Turk Jr.
Non-Executive Director Member, Audit Committee
James Turk joined the Board of AquaBounty in February 2013. Mr. Turk has served as a partner in the firm Harrison & Turk, P.C. since 1987, having practiced two years before that with other firms. He has previously served as a member of the board of directors for multiple companies and foundations including Intrexon Corporation, the New River Community College Education Foundation, and the Virginia Student Assistance Authorities. He presently holds Board appointments to SunTrust Bank, Synchrony Inc., the Virginia Tech Athletic Foundation, and the Roanoke College President’s Advisory Board. Mr. Turk received a B.A. from Roanoke College and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.