Chief Executive Officer & Director
Dr. Patrick Gruber is known as an industry leader in the field of renewable resource-based chemicals, plastics and fuels, and what is now called “Energy Transition.” He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Gevo (NASDAQ: GEVO) and Director of the company since 2007, having taken the company public in 2011. Gevo is commercializing a new generation of renewable resource-based jet fuel, gasoline, diesel fuel, chemical products and plastics with potential to achieve “net zero” or even negative GHG emissions across the whole lifecycle of product. Dr. Gruber is credited with inventing PLA product and process technology and co-founding NatureWorks, where he served as Vice President of Technology and Operations and Chief Technology Officer until 2005. Dr. Gruber spent 17 years with Cargill Incorporated and its’ renewable chemical JV’s. His role was to evaluate, develop, and bring new renewable resource-based technologies and businesses through development and into commercialization, primarily through joint ventures. After Cargill and NatureWorks, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Outlast Technologies Inc., a VC backed technology and marketing company primarily serving the textile industry where he effected a turnaround. Dr. Gruber has spent his whole professional career in the pursuit of replacement of fossil-based plastics, chemicals, and fuels with renewables that have low GHG emissions and that have large improvements in sustainability. Gevo is intimately involved with “Energy Transition” and has projects for net-zero hydrocarbon fuels such as SAF, wind, biogas, and RNG.