Chromatin, a supplier of renewable biomass feedstocks for renewable energy and chemical producers, has hired Henry Hirvela as chief financial officer (CFO). He has held executive management positions with a number of public and privately held companies undergoing rapid growth in dynamic industries.
The appointment comes after Chromatin announced completion of a US$10m first closing of its Series D financing round that added two strategic investors and increased the investments by three venture capital investors who participated in earlier financings. The company recently announced the first production-scale tests in California of a renewable energy field crop as a fuel for electric-generating plants.
Hirvela will oversee all finance and accounting activities and provide strategic insights and help to strengthen the company’s internal capabilities as it leverages its technology leadership and its unique initiatives to develop biomass supply chains for the renewable power, chemical, and energy producers.
Most recently, Hirvela served as the CFO of TPI composites, a manufacturer of composite wind turbine blades, and his responsibilities included managing the company’s initial public offering (IPO) preparation activities. Hirvela also gained significant experience in merger and acquisition (M&A), accounting, finance, corporate development and general management while serving as CFO and in senior management positions with businesses in the renewable energy, high-tech manufacturing, environmental services and energy industries, including units of Republic Services and Duke Energy.
Hirvela earned a Bachelor’s degree from US International University in San Diego and an MBA degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
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