Jordi Ferre has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our Board since October 2016. Mr. Ferre has more than 25 years of international experience in the food ingredients industry, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer of PureCircle Limited (“PureCircle”), a global leader in natural food ingredients, including Stevia™ sweetener, from June 2014 to the present, and prior to that as PureCircle’s President, Commercial Division from January 2009 to June 2014. Mr. Ferre’s positions prior to joining PureCircle include serving as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Splenda Sucralose with Tate & Lyle PLC, Vice President, Sales and Marketing with Wise Foods, Inc. and Vice President, Marketing/Business Development Americas with Chupa Chups Group. Mr. Ferre holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Katherine Harper has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Harper served as Chief Financial Officer of Tronox Limited (“Tronox”) from September 2013 until September 2016. Prior to joining Tronox, Ms. Harper served as the chief financial and business development officer of Rio Tinto’s diamonds and minerals group. She previously held finance and business transformation roles in Rio Tinto’s mining and alternative energy units. Earlier in her career she worked for 12 years in senior finance posts with the Gulbrandsen Group, a privately held chemical manufacturing company, and the General Chemical Corporation. She began her career as a financial analyst within the power systems group of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Ms. Harper holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Carnegie Mellon University.
Thomas Ermi has served as our Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel since the consummation of the Business Combination on July 31, 2015. From 2009 until joining the Company, Mr. Ermi was a Managing Attorney in the Dow Legal Department, where he served as the Commercial Legal Director and member of the Management Team for Dow’s $2.2 billion global Electronic Materials Business. Mr. Ermi joined Rohm and Haas Company in 2000, serving as the Commercial Legal Director and member of the Management Team for the Electronic Materials business as well as the Powder Coatings and Automotive Coatings businesses. In the 15 years he has been with Dow and Rohm and Haas, Mr. Ermi has been involved in numerous M&A transactions in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific and has closed deals with an aggregate transaction value exceeding $4 billion. Mr. Ermi began his legal career in 1992 as an Associate at Duane Morris & Heckscher in Philadelphia, where he worked first as a commercial litigator and then as a commercial lawyer. Prior to that, Mr. Ermi was an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. Mr. Ermi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Paul Nselel has served as Vice President and Global General Manager – Post Harvest since January 2018. Before joining AgroFresh, Mr. Nselel was with Monsanto Company for almost 9 years, where he held various leadership positions in marketing and sales in the U.S. and Europe, most recently serving as Global Customer Strategy and Insights Lead from September 2015 to January 2018. Prior to Monsanto, Mr. Nselel spent over five years with Nike Inc. serving as Strategic Planning Director for the Americas region. He was also involved in developing and rolling out the Nike Retail growth strategy globally. Mr. Nselel started his career in 1998 as an investment banker, first with Paribas in Europe with assignments in Paris, Brussels, and London, then with Lehman Brothers in New York. Mr. Nselel holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from Universite de Poitiers in France, a Master degree in Applied Mathematics from Universite de Caen in France, and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.