fortera is dedicated to the global goal of reducing CO₂
emissions by a teraton

leadership

Execution Experience Scaling Innovative Processes.

Executive Team

Fortera is a team of highly skilled scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs who know how to minimize risk through thought, design, and execution.

Ryan Gilliam, PhD

Ryan Gilliam, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder

15+ years chemicals and materials executive with track record forming strategic partnerships.

Mike Weiss, PhD

Mike Weiss, PhD

CTO & Co-Founder

20+ years leading R&D across multiple technology platforms. Lead inventor of Fortera process.

Keith Krugh

Keith Krugh

Chief Manufacturing Officer

25+ years cement veteran with Holcim and Heidelberg. Logistics management, production rate and quality.

Thierry Legrand

Thierry Legrand

President Europe

25+ years Lafarge/Holcim multi-country CEO leading transformation projects and upgrading plants globally.

Vandana Bansal

Vandana Bansal

Vice President, Intellectual Property

15+ years experience leading IP strategy and analysis, 175+ personally drafted, prosecuted, and issued patents.

Kas Farsad, M.S., M.B.A.

Kas Farsad, M.S., M.B.A.

Vice President, Corporate Development

10+ years experience in technology and product development. Lead inventor of Fortera cement.

Eddie Garcia

Eddie Garcia

Controller

10+ years leading small and large corporate finance, audit, and administration responsibilities.

Janine Gardner

Janine Gardner

Vice President, Human Resources

20+ years building & scaling high functioning teams from the ground up.

Craig Hargis, PhD

Craig Hargis, PhD

Vice President, Product Development

10+ years researching and developing novel calcium cement chemistries and low carbon products.

Philip Tuet

Philip Tuet

Vice President, Engineering

15+ years experience designing chemical processes and scaling first generation production plants.

Jean-Philippe Vacher

Jean-Philippe Vacher

Vice President, Market Strategy

25+ years business development leader in building materials with proven track record in building global partnerships.

George Councill

George Councill

Vice President, Project Development

15+ years project finance and project development leader with strong history of equity building.

Advisory Board

Martin Devenney, PhD

Martin Devenney, PhD

Technology

Former President of CO₂ to Products leading process and product development & piloting efforts

Terry Holland, PhD

Terry Holland, PhD

Regulation

Former President of the American Concrete Institute, and lead author for new cement and concrete standards

Lee Styslinger, III

Lee Styslinger, III

Industry

Chairmen & CEO Altec, Board of Vulcan Materials (largest US aggregate company for cement/concrete)

John Key

John Key

Growth

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand, significant business experience in Asia (50% of cement market)

Board of Directors

Samir Kaul

Samir Kaul

Development

Founding Partner and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures

Eric Olsen

Eric Olsen

Cement

Former CEO of LafargeHolcim
Cement Group

Jim Messina

Jim Messina

Government

Political Strategist and Former Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama

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