Solecta creates CEO role

Membrane separation technology specialist Solecta Inc has promoted its chief commercial officer Jim Ford to the newly created role of chief executive officer.

Jim Ford, the new CEO of Solecta.
Jim Ford, the new CEO of Solecta.

Ford has served as Solecta’s chief commercial officer since 2019. As CEO, Ford will expand his remit to directly oversee operational functions including R&D; manufacturing; environment, health & safety; human resources; and finance.

“Solecta is at a pivotal moment in its journey to disrupt traditional approaches to process separations,” said Mike Ahearn, founder of True North Venture Partners, the venture firm that owns Solecta, and executive chairman of Solecta. “As the world copes with energy and water scarcity while trying to meet the rising demand for food and durable goods, Solecta is well-positioned to tackle the most pressing process separation challenges facing industry today. Jim’s ability to uncover and solve market challenges and deliver results, combined with his expertise in helping businesses rapidly scale, makes him the right leader to help Solecta achieve its ambitious growth trajectory.”

Before joining Solecta, Ford led global organizations at Arcadis, TestAmerica and Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point.