Leadership team

Joshua Hoffman

Joshua Hoffman

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to Zymergen, Josh was a Partner at Norcob Capital and before that a Managing Director in Merchant Banking at Rothschild, where he was a member of the Management Committee. He began his career at McKinsey & Company where he served industrial and technology clients on matters of strategy, operations and organization. He holds a BA from University of California, Berkeley and an MA and MPPM from Yale University.

Zach Serber

Zach Serber

Chief Science Officer and VP of Development

At Zymergen, Zach is responsible for our overall scientific direction. Prior to his work at Zymergen, he was the Director of Biology at Amyris and served as Principal Investigator on a DARPA contract to develop advanced tools for synthetic biology. Zach has 17 peer-reviewed publications in journals including Cell, Science and JACS, four issued patents, and worked as a research fellow at Stanford University Medical School. He has a PhD in biophysics from UCSF, an MSc in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh and a BA from Columbia University

Jed Dean

Jed Dean

VP of Operations and Engineering

At Zymergen, Jed is responsible for building and operating the robotic workflows for genome engineering and high throughput screening. Prior to his work at Zymergen, he developed technology and automation for life sciences at Amyris and at the Stanford Genome Technology Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Purdue University and has a PhD in biochemistry from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Aaron Kimball

Aaron Kimball

Chief Technical Officer

At Zymergen, Aaron is responsible for building the data architecture to facilitate a robotics-driven approach to genome engineering. Prior to joining Zymergen, Aaron worked at several big data-oriented startups. He was the first employee at Cloudera, where he helped with a variety of big data challenges. In 2010 Aaron cofounded WibiData, the big data application company. Aaron has been working with the open-source project Apache Hadoop since 2007 and authored Apache Sqoop and MRUnit. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington in computer science.

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

Chief Commercial Officer

At Zymergen, Tom oversees all of our commercial interactions with clients, including sales and business development. Previously, Tom spent 20 years with McKinsey & Company serving technology, industrial and private equity clients on the full range of commercial topics – from sales force effectiveness to value selling, pricing and more. Tom has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Judy Gilbert

Judy Gilbert

Chief People Officer

Judy leads our efforts to build a culture that supports collaboration, learning, and innovation, allowing us to attract, develop, and challenge amazing people. She joined Zymergen from Google, where she spent 12 years leading people operations for businesses including YouTube and Google[x]. She was previously an executive search consultant with Egon Zehnder International, and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Kenyon College, where she serves on the board of trustees.

Richard Pieters

Richard Pieters

President, Products

At Zymergen, Richard is responsible for our overall products business. Prior to joining Zymergen he was President, Americas for DSM Engineering Plastics, headquartered in Detroit, MI, where he led growth of the business unit with Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, consumer electronics and packaging industries. Richard worked in a variety of leadership roles at companies including DSM and General Electric Plastics. He is certified GE Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has over 20 years of experience in the materials business living and working in Europe, the US and Asia. Richard graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the College of Advanced Technology in Haarlem, Netherlands, and holds an MBA from the University of Twente, Netherlands.

Enakshi Singh

Enakshi Singh

VP of Finance

Prior to joining Zymergen, Ena was focused on semiconductor investments at Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund. She spent the previous seven years in investment banking, initially at Salomon Smith Barney’s Latin America Group, later working for Merrill Lynch’s Technology Investment Banking Group. Ena studied at Cornell University and received her graduate degree at MIT Sloan School of Management.

Duane Valz

Duane Valz

VP & General Counsel

Duane has counseled a wide variety of privately held and public companies on law, technology and business matters. Prior to Zymergen, Duane was a member of the Patent Team at Google, where he led strategic IP initiatives bearing on mobile, cloud, web, and open source technologies. He was also previously Associate General Counsel in charge of patent development at Yahoo! Duane began his career at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin (now combined with Arnold & Porter LLP). He holds BA and JD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Level Playing Field Institute and the Boalt Hall Alumni Association.

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Board of directors

Joshua Hoffman

CEO and Cofounder

Jed Dean

Cofounder and VP of Operations and Engineering

Rohit Sharma

Partner, True Ventures

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