The principals of Solvay Biomass Energy and their consultants collectively have a broad range of expertise in plant operations as well as extensive experience managing large-scale development projects, structuring complex financial transactions, accessing capital markets and delivering high quality projects.
Pascal Chalvon Demersay
Pascal Chalvon Demersay is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solvay Biomass Energy. Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in France, he began his career in 1990 at Rhône-Poulenc as Energy production Manager. He was appointed Director of Strategy of Rhodia Polyamide in 2001 and Latin America General Manager for the Polyamide activity in 2002. In 2005-2006 he was Director of the divestment project of the Silicones business from Rhodia, then from 2007 to 2009 was General Manager of Bluestar Silicones in Asia. In 2010 he was appointed President and CEO of Bluestar Silicones, a €500M subsidiary of China National Chemical Corp. Since July 2015, he has been President of Solvay Energy Services.
Jérôme Malka is Managing Director of Solvay Biomass Energy. He worked as an energy trader at Société Générale for 20 years and was one of the initial participants in the creation of IntercontinentalExchange (ICE). In 2002, he became the Head of Energy Desk in Société Générale covering trading and sales across offices in Paris, London, Singapore and New-York. Upon the emergence of the new market for CO2 credits, Mr. Malka created ORBEO in 2006, a JV between Société Générale and Rhodia. He served as the Managing Director of ORBEO, achieving multiple industry recognition awards as best emissions trading company, and also served as a Board Member of the European Carbon Fund (ECF), the first private carbon fund in Europe with €142m under management. In 2012, Mr. Malka became Head of Energy & CO₂ Markets for Solvay Energy Services and since March 2014, has been the Executive Vice President of Solvay Energy Services, North America and the Managing Director of Solvay Biomass Energy. Mr. Malka graduated in 1991 as an Electrical and Computer Engineer in SUPELEC (Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité).
Neal Smaler, a founding member and President of New Biomass, serves on the management committee and the Board of Directors of Solvay Biomass Energy. He also serves as a Managing Partner, with fellow New Biomass founder Robert Whitmire, of a real estate firm that specializes in the purchasing, leasing and financing of land and buildings. This company has completed acquisitions of over $600 million of single tenant triple net lease properties for its own account. Mr. Smaler has amassed a broad range of expertise in finance and operations in his over forty years of business experience. This expertise was developed from his years as a partner in a national accounting firm and as head of operations or finance for a diverse set of companies ranging from the real estate and savings and loan industries to manufacturing concerns and the entertainment industry. Further, Mr. Smaler has been instrumental in the successful start-up of a number of entities in which he created the framework for growth and assisted in the design of complimentary systems, the raising of capital and interaction with a host of professional advisors.
Robert Whitmire, a founding member and Chairman of the Board of New Biomass, serves on the Board of Directors of Solvay Biomass Energy. He also serves as a Managing Partner, with fellow New Biomass founder Neal Smaler, of a real estate firm that specializes in the purchasing, leasing and financing of land and buildings. This company has completed acquisitions of over $600 million of single tenant triple net lease properties for its own account. Mr. Whitmire has designed and implemented structures to optimize the economic, tax and accounting benefits associated with the transactions entered into by New Biomass as well as the real estate entities. Mr. Whitmire has a broad range of expertise in taxation and financing matters garnered from his years of experience as the managing partner of the preeminent Los Angeles law firm of Kindel & Anderson as well as from his founding and participation in the National Institute of Tax Professionals, a company that provides seminars for accountants and attorneys in current tax topics. Mr. Whitmire is a co-author (with Bill McKee and Will Nelson) of “Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners” and “Structuring and Drafting Partnership Agreements,” published by Warren Gorham & Lamont.