Jonathan Wolfson is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solazyme, where he oversees the management and strategic direction of the company. Solazyme is the leading industrial biotechnology company producing renewable oil and bioproducts from microalgae. Prior to Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson has held a variety of positions in finance, business and law. He was most recently the Vice President of Finance and Business Development for 7thOnline, a venture-backed supply chain software company where he was responsible for overseeing legal issues, finance and the development and implementation of corporate strategy, which resulted in annualized revenue growth of over 100% during his tenure. Mr. Wolfson was also a primary interface between the company’s management and its board of investors.
Prior to that, Mr. Wolfson was co-founder, president and chief operating officer of InvestorTree, a financial software and ASP services firm. He has also worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley, in the M&A department of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and as a business/legal analyst for Triarc Companies.
A true catalyst in the space of renewable energy, Mr. Wolfson is an advisory board member to the California Industrial Biotechnology Conference, a cross-sector of biofuels and bio-based chemicals. In addition, Mr. Wolfson is a member of the board of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and is on the governing board of BIO’s Industrial and Environmental Section. He has also topped Biofuels Digest’s list of number one companies, naming Solazyme the “Hottest Company in Bioenergy” and “Company of the year.” In addition, Solazyme was named a Technology Pioneer of the year by the World Economic Forum 2011-2012. It is through these commitments, awards and board memberships that Mr. Wolfson furthers the evolution of the advanced biofuels industry and continues his commitment to clean, renewable energy and carbon pollution reduction.
Mr. Wolfson holds J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the NYU School of Law and the NYU Stern School of Business. Additionally, he spent several years as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics at Hunter College of the City University of New York.