US-based alternative feed ingredients firm Calysta has hired former JP Morgan Chase executive Keysha Bailey as its new CFO.
Bailey brings over 20 years of strategic financial and operational leadership to her new job. She has a proven track record for scaling both public and private companies, and has over a decade of investment and capital markets experience with JP Morgan and Prudential. She was most recently CFO at Rocketship Education in California.
As part of the executive team, Bailey will play an integral role in the company’s global growth and commercialization, ahead of the delivery of the world’s first commercial-scale FeedKind production facility being developed in China by Calysseo, Calysta’s joint venture with Adisseo.
Calysta also announed Rabobank veteran Jacqueline Pieters-Zetsma is joining its board of directors as an independent non-executive board member.
Based in The Netherlands, Pieters-Zetsma joins Calysta’s board of directors alongside representatives from Adisseo, bp ventures and Aqua Spark. She previously served as Rabobank's global head of food and agriculture banking.
News of the appointments comes days after Calysta announced completion of a $39 million (€33 million) equity financing round led by bp ventures to support commercial production of Calysta’s FeedKind protein. Joining bp ventures in the round were Adisseo and AquaSpark, as well as other existing Calysta investors.