Chief Executive Officer
Joe Pont was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry on June 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment, Joe served in senior R&D and commercial roles in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the US and Europe, including the last 10 years with Lonza, where he most recently served as Head of Research & Development (2008 – 2009) and Vice President of Marketing & Key Account Management (2010 – 2011). He has extensive experience leading diverse, global organizations and a substantial track record in sales and marketing. Joe holds a BS in Chemistry from Yale University and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University.
Chief Operating Officer
Jay was one of the original scientists starting at Warner Babcock when the institute opened in 2007. Jay left WBI with the start-up of their sister company, Collaborative Aggregates, in 2015 as their Chief Operating Officer. In the fall of 2020, Jay returned to WBI, this time as Chief Operating Officer. He has extensive experience in innovation and sustainability focused leadership, strategic sourcing, supply chain, commercial manufacturing and quality control. Jay holds a BS in Chemistry from Keene State University and was one of the first doctorate graduates majoring in the Green Chemistry curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Hill has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute since its founding in 2007. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Hill acted as Chief Financial Officer for Above Board Technologies, a company founded to manufacture construction products made from sustainable, non-wood fibers. Since 1995, he has served as the President and CEO of Modulus Guitars, a manufacturer of guitars and basses for professional musicians. From 1987 to 1995, he served as Senior Financial Manager, Vice President of Finance, and Director of Information Technology for ViTel International Inc., an international leader in electronic business messaging. Mr. Hill has over twenty-five years of experience in finance and information systems management. He holds a degree in Accounting from Carlow University in Ireland.