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Amyris, Leading Synthetic Biotechnology Company, Hires Susan Handler as Vice President of Global Total Rewards

Amyris, a biotechnology company working in the research, development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavor & Fragrances markets, has appointed Susan Handler as Vice President (VP) of Global Total Rewards (TR). Amyris worked with Frederickson Partners on the executive search.

As Amyris’ new VP of Global TR, Susan will lead the company’s TR philosophy and strategies by designing, implementing, communicating and administrating Amyris’ compensation, benefits and recognition programs. She will oversee and identify new, scalable human resources (HR) systems to support growth across the global business. Reporting to the company’s Chief People Officer, Christine Ofori, Susan will also partner with Talent Acquisition and HR Business Partner teams to advise and influence on competitive and equitable compensation practices.

Susan brings over 20 years of HR experience within the TR function to Amyris. Throughout her career she has held positions leading, developing and innovating cash compensation, benefit, equity, mobility and HRIS programs and functions in e-Commerce, Technology, Investment Banking and Consulting as well as the Non-Profit sectors. For the past 12 years Susan has worked as a Global TR Consultant, with clients including Amazon, GoDaddy, PATH, Orbitz and Etsy. Earlier in her career, she held TR roles at Microsoft Corporation, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and at non-profit organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Susan holds a degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Amyris (Nasdaq: AMRS) is a leading synthetic biotechnology company, transitioning the Clean Health & Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets to sustainable ingredients through fermentation and the company’s proprietary Lab-to-Market™ technology platform. This Amyris platform leverages state-of-the-art machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence, enabling the company to rapidly bring new innovation to market at commercial scale. Amyris ingredients are included in over 20,000 products from the world’s top brands, reaching more than 300 million consumers. Amyris also owns and operates a family of consumer brands that is constantly evolving to meet the growing demand for sustainable, effective and accessible products.

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