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SAPPHIRE ENERGY RECRUITS MORE TOP TALENT Posted by Emily on Tue November 02 2010 10:54:18 PM 3


Sapphire Energy, one of the world?s leading innovators in creating algae-based fuel from Green Crude, today welcomes Dean Venardos into the newly created role of Vice President, Operations, for the fast-growing company.

With more than 30 years in the oil industry,


enardos brings a wealth of experience in refinery operations and processes and will use his rich knowledge base to ensure Sapphire's facility operations are managed perfectly as the company continues on its growth trajectory.

'Dean's experience fills a critical role for Sapphire as we move into commercialization of our Green Crude production' says CJ Warner, president, Sapphire Energy.

'He'll oversee operations for all of Sapphire Energy?s facilities including the Integrated Algal BioRefinery (IABR) in Columbus, New Mexico and the Las Cruces, New Mexico research and development facility. We are thrilled to have Dean?s leadership.'

A respected industry executive, Venardos holds five processing patents and has published in numerous journals during his extensive career with Western Refining, BP, and Amoco Oil. He holds a master?s degree in chemical engineering from University of Connecticut.