President and Chief Executive Officer | Amyris
John Melo has more than 20 years of combined experience as a business leader and expert in the global fuels industry. As President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Melo has led Amyris through successful technology development, commercial start up and a series of funding rounds, including the initial public offering in the fall of 2010. Before joining Amyris in 2007, Mr. Melo served in various senior management positions at BP Plc (formerly British Petroleum) most recently as President of U.S. fuels operations where he successfully led programs to increase marketing volumes, reduce costs, and significantly improve financial returns. During his tenure at BP, Mr. Melo also served as Chief Information Officer of the refining and marketing segment; Senior Advisor for e-business strategy to Lord Browne, BP group chief executive; and Director of global brand development. In this last role, he helped develop the “Helios” re-branding effort. Before joining BP, Mr. Melo was with Ernst & Young and a member of the management teams for several startup companies, including Computer Aided Services and Alldata Corporation. Mr. Melo currently serves on the board of directors of U.S. Venture, Inc. and Renmatix Inc., and also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Biosciences Association (BayBio). Mr. Melo is an appointed member to the U.S. section of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum.