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Owning The Ethanol Exec Role

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by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One year into her role as Guardian Energy CEO, Jeanne McCaherty has tapped into her previous experience at Cargill and the unique make-up of the ethanol industry.  —  It’s hard to believe that Jeanne McCaherty holds only one title for Guardian Energy Management LLC. The former Cargill executive-turned ethanol company CEO has a master’s degree in biochemistry, has run a fermentation optimization research group, developed and operated a wet-milling research team, started a culture-growing company, overseen a global biotechnology effort and spent time as a private equity consultant. Nearly one year after becoming CEO of Guardian Energy, a unique ethanol joint-venture organization that includes 10 ethanol producers spread throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska, McCaherty spoke with us about her efforts to inject previous experiences into day-to-day operations, observations on the opportunities for plant and organizational upgrades and why the ethanol industry is unlike any she’s been in before.

She has also spent time researching corn wet milling issues related to making corn starch-based products. Upon her return to Minneapolis, McCaherty led a biotechnology research group that focused on multiple areas. A fermentation optimization group studied processes to improve organisms. Another group developed and utilized gene manipulation techniques for organisms involved in fermentation processes. “When I look at what the yeast suppliers are doing today and what the enzyme suppliers are doing today, it is all very relevant to the work I did back then,” she says.

Although it is a massive industry in terms of production and economic impact, it is a very small industry, she explains. Many of the consultants or supplier organizations know each other. In many cases, McCaherty doesn’t have to explain the intricacies of her business when speaking to vendors for the first time. “Being able to leverage that part of the industry has been valuable,” she says.

“I’ve never been in a business where policy has influenced it so much,” she says.  READ MORE

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