Former Zenon Environmental COO Joins Microvi as Board Chairman
Rafael Simon has joined Microvi Biotechnologies as chairman of its board of directors
Rafael Simon has joined Microvi Biotechnologies as chairman of its board of directors. Rafael was the COO of Zenon Environmental, a water treatment company, prior to its acquisition by GE Water in 2006 for nearly $700 million.
While at Zenon, Simon was responsible for all aspects of sales, operations, research and development and manufacturing. During his tenure at Zenon, share price tripled and he was named Canada’s top COO by Canadian Business.
“Rafael brings expertise in strategy and a depth of knowledge in our market focus that will be important in Microvi’s continuing commercialization of its MicroNiche Engineering Platform Technology” said Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO of Microvi. “I am delighted to welcome him as chairman of Microvi’s board of directors.”
Simon joins Microvi at a pivotal growth period, building on successful scaling and commercialization of the company’s platform technology and various biocatalytic solutions for clean water, renewable biofuels, biochemicals and other industrial bioprocesses.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to help scale up the revolutionary Microvi biocatalyst technology which has the potential to disrupt so many industries,” Simon said.
Previous to his work with Zenon, Simon worked at McKinsey & Co. specializing in corporate growth strategies for water and energy companies. Simon currently serves as director on a number of boards internationally and received his Ph.D. in materials science and mineral engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.