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Pinnacle’s management team has a combined 35 years of experience in the wood pellet industry and more than 125 years of experience in the industrial sector. The team has a track record of driving growth in production, productivity, and profitability while maintaining industry-leading safety standards.
Matt White is Executive Vice President with Drax, where he leads the Pellet business. At the beginning of 2020, Matt joined Drax from Rockwater Energy, where he was Director, Manufacturing & Engineering. Matt’s 30+ year career has been in manufacturing management helping organizations grow and adapt to change, while increasing safety and efficiency by developing high-performing teams. Matt holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and has worked in a number of sectors including Air Products and Chemicals, and Solvay.
Brad Mayhew, VP Technical Operations is responsible for the process safety management (PSM) program, process automation, plant reliability, and process engineering for the North American pellet plants. Brad joined Drax in 2015 and has been involved in the startup and operations of pellet plants in the Southeast U.S. since 2009. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in project management from DeVry University, Pomona California.
Adnan Khan was appointed VP North America H1 Engineering in 2021. Adnan will be supporting engineering projects focused on improving safety, reliability, and production efficiency at the North American biomass facilities. Adnan brings over 25 years of international project, operations, and organizational leadership experience, both as a client and as a consultant, safely executing complex projects in forestry including pulp and paper and OSB, high tech environmental technologies including fuel cells and phosphate recovery, mining, chemicals, and oil and gas. Prior to joining Pinnacle, Adnan served as General Manager and Division Manager at various consulting firms where he safely and efficiently implemented new and innovative technologies for the OSB and mining industries. He also served as Director of Automation for Ainsworth Engineered and was responsible for identifying and safely executing continuous improvement projects for multiple OSB facilities. Adnan holds a B. Eng. from the University of Victoria, Electrical Engineering specializing in Industrial Automation and Robotics, and a Diploma in Electronics Technology, Process Automation and Instrumentation, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Corey Woolard is VP Southern Operations, where he leads all pellet manufacturing sites and the ports in the US. Corey’s focus is on driving a sustainable, scalable business that aligns with Drax’s growth strategy through operational efficiencies, key metric performance, and cost control management. Corey joined Drax from Bowery Farming, a vertical farming start-up company, but spent most of his career in chemical manufacturing where he advanced from HSE engineering into Operations management. Over the span of his professional journey, he’s held various positions with increasing levels of responsibility from plant management to global VP of Operations when he was with Klockner Pentaplast, a German based polymer film manufacturer. Corey’s career has been focused on business transformation, metric implementation, and culture development. Corey is a safety engineer by degree and holds a Master’s in occupational health and safety management. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on household projects and spending time with family & friends.
Vaughan Bassett is SVP Biomass Sales & Logistics at Drax, leading the sales of biomass to third parties and identifying opportunities for new markets and customers. He is also President of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Vaughan has an extensive career in international forest products businesses. Previously, he spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As the executive in charge of their world-wide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years before moving to Canada in 2007. He joined Pinnacle in 2011. Vaughan earned his BSc from the University of Natal and his MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both located in South Africa.
Amber Bouska is the Vice President of North American HSE Drax Biomass. Her responsibilities include regulatory compliance, developing and implementing policies and instructions on HSE topics, and all training. She joined Drax Biomass in 2019 after 2 years with Amazon as a Site Safety Manager. Prior to Amazon she worked in the Biomass industry as an Operational Manager and the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager developing industry standards for safety and environmental compliance. Amber is a Navy Veteran with numerous achievement medals during her service. Currently serves a Chairperson for the USIPA Safety Work Group. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Safety, Security, & Emergency Management and a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.
Andrew Meyer is the Vice President Fibre Procurement North America. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of Fibre Procurement across the North American Operations. Previously, Andrew held the positions of VP Fibre, GM Fibre Operations, and Plant Manager of Lavington Mill with Pinnacle. Andrew’s extensive knowledge of the pellet and forest products industries provides a rare perspective that ensures a strong understanding of the entire supply chain, sustainability, quality, safety and profitability. Andrew has spent more than 25 years working in the complex world of remote forestry, using a value-based, safety-focused, results driven approach to move business forward in the areas of planning, fibre harvesting and product manufacturing across the forest industry in British Columbia. Andrew was a BC Forest Safety Council Manufacturing Safety Award recipient (2016 Leadership). He is both a Professional Engineer (BC) and a Registered Professional Forester (BC) and he holds a Bachelor of Science (Forest Engineering) from the University of New Brunswick.