Board of Directors
Richard J. Clothier
Non-Executive Director Chairman of the Board Chair, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Richard J. Clothier. Mr. Clothier has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AquaBounty since April 2006. He also serves as the Chairman of Robinson Plc and has done so since 2004. Previously he was Chairman of Spearhead International Ltd from 2005 to 2015, and of Exosect Ltd from 2013 to 2015. Mr. Clothier retired as Group Chief Executive of PGI Group Plc, an international agricultural products producer, following 20 years with Dalgety Plc where he was chief executive officer of the genetics firm Pig Improvement Company until 1992 and then Group Chief Executive Officer until 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Natal University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Clothier’s extensive experience, both as an executive in the food industry and as a director of public and private companies, provides considerable operating, strategic, and policy knowledge to our Board of Directors.
Ronald L. Stotish, PhD
Executive Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Ronald L. Stotish was appointed an Executive Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty Technologies in May 2008. Dr. Stotish joined AquaBounty in 2006 as Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and most recently was Senior Vice President for R&D and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining AquaBounty, Dr. Stotish was Executive Vice President for R&D at MetaMorphix, Inc. He has served as Vice President for Pharmaceutical Research and Development at Fort Dodge Animal Health, and held a variety of positions at American Cyanamid. He began his career in research at Merck. Dr. Stotish has degrees in biochemistry and over 40 years experience in the discovery, development, and commercialization of new animal health products.
Christine T. St.Clare
Non-Executive Director Chair, Audit Committee
Christine St.Clare joined the Board of AquaBounty in May 2014. She is a former partner and director at KPMG LLP. She currently serves as a director for Polymer Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of engineered materials, and for Fibrocell Science, Inc., a developer of personalized biologics. Ms. St.Clare holds a BS in accounting from California State University at Long Beach and has been a CPA since 1977.
Richard L. Huber
Non-Executive Director Chair, Compensation Committee Member, Audit Committee
Richard Huber joined the Board of AquaBounty after the Company’s public offering in 2006. Mr. Huber is the former Chairman, President, and CEO of Aetna, a major U.S. health insurer, and is currently an independent investor in a number of companies operating in a wide range of businesses, mainly in South America. Following a 40-year career in the financial services industry, Mr. Huber now serves as a Director of Viña San Rafael and Invina, both non-public wine producers in Chile. Previously, he served on the Boards of Gafisa, the largest integrated residential-housing developer in Brazil, and Antarctic Shipping SA of Chile, as well as several other companies in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. He holds an AB in Chemistry from Harvard.
Jack A. Bobo
Jack Bobo joined the Board of AquaBounty in November 2015. He has significant expertise in the analysis and communication of global trends in biotechnology, food, and agriculture to audiences around the world and is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Intrexon Corporation, a position he has held since July 2015. He was previously at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked for thirteen years, most recently as Senior Advisor for Food Policy following his positions as Senior Advisor for Biotechnology and as Chief, Biotechnology and Textile Trade Division. Prior to this, Mr. Bobo was an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP. He received a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Non-Executive Director Member, Compensation Committee
Rick Sterling joined the Board of AquaBounty in September 2013. He is the Chief Financial Officer at Intrexon Corporation. Prior to joining Intrexon, he was with KPMG, where he worked in the audit practice for over 17 years, with a client base primarily in the healthcare, technology, and manufacturing industries. Mr. Sterling’s experience includes serving clients in both the private and public sectors, including significant experience with SEC filings and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. He has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Virginia Tech and is a licensed CPA.
James C. Turk Jr.
Non-Executive Director Member, Audit Committee
James C. Turk, Jr. Mr. Turk joined the Board of Directors of AquaBounty in February 2013. Mr. Turk has served as a partner in the law firm Harrison, Turk & Huntington, P.C. since 1987, having practiced two years before that with other firms. He has previously served as a member of the board of directors for multiple companies and foundations including Intrexon Corporation, the New River Community College Education Foundation, the Virginia Student Assistance Authorities and Synchrony Inc. before it was acquired by Dresser-Rand in January, 2012. He presently serves as a member of Roanoke/New River Valley Advisory Council of SunTrust Bank, a director of the Virginia Tech Athletic Foundation and a member of the Roanoke College President’s advisory board. Mr. Turk received a Bachelor of Arts from Roanoke College and a Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. Mr. Turk’s legal background and his experience on multiple boards make him well qualified for service on our Board of Directors.