Mr. Roda has more than 17 years of strategic leadership, business development, research and product development in bio-based materials. Mr. Roda was Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies, Inc. from 2007 to 2012, a privately funded technology company that develops, licenses, and markets phase change materials for use in temperature regulating fabrics, packaging and industrial materials. Prior to Outlast, Roda was with Natureworks as a Business Development Executive overseeing commercialization of polylactic acid in the fiber and textile industry. In this role he was responsible for building a global supply chain, creating market pull-through with downstream customers, and negotiating contracts to align the interests of Natureworks and its partners. He also led a team in developing the business strategy for the Company. From 1996 to 2002 he was with Cargill’s Strategy and Business Development Group spending 4 years in Singapore with a focus on building Cargill’s palm oil plantation business through acquisition and strategic partnerships.
Roda holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA with a concentration in International Business and Finance from the University of Chicago.