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SOURCE Think Beyond Plastic(TM) Accelerator, Inc.
WORLD'S FIRST BUSINESS ACCELERATOR FOR SOLUTIONS TO PLASTIC POLLUTION BLENDS BUSINESS, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION EXPERTISE
MENLO PARK, Calif., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator, Inc., the accelerator addressing plastic pollution through innovation and entrepreneurship, announced today the appointment of Executive Officers Daniella Russo, Destin Layne, Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D., Michael P. Washburn, Ph.D. and Pam Marcus, PT.
The Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator advances businesses with a proven business model, solid management team and innovative solutions to plastic pollution. The Accelerator provides services to qualified entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, and major brands. The Executive Team has blended experience in innovation, entrepreneurship, science, sustainability and major brand management.
Daniella Russo, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Russo's executive experience with high-tech, Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution in the global, social and environmental discourse. "Demand is growing for sustainable alternatives to the conventional disposable plastic products. Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator will play a pivotal role in connecting the urgency of global plastic pollution crisis with breakthrough solutions," says Ms. Russo.
Destin Layne, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Layne brings over fifteen years of experience leading innovation projects intersecting food, technology and sustainability, and executive management with nationwide philanthropic, political, and education initiatives.
Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D., a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Baxter is a published author with 20+ patents, who brings a wealth of expertise in biochemistry, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship. Dr. Baxter is on the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a Fellow with The Innovation Accelerator, a public-private partnership with NSF.
Michael P. Washburn, Ph.D. a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Sustainability Officer. Dr. Washburn works at the intersection of science, policy, politics, and program development. He is former VP of Sustainability at Nestle Waters North America, and one of the country's most respected sustainability experts.
Pam Marcus, P.T., has been appointed Senior Director of Consumer Products. Ms. Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Lifefactory, Inc. She is an outspoken advocate for health and environmental issues.
Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator, Inc. (ThinkBeyondPlastic.com) – is a Public Benefit corporation that addresses plastic pollution through disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship.
Destin Layne, Chief Operating Officer
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