Ceres Names Former Undersecretary of Energy To Board

Thousand Oaks-based Ceres, the developer of seeds for the energy and biofuels market, announced yesterday that it has added former BP Chief Scientist and Undersecretary of Energy for Science, Steven E. Koonin, to its board of directors. Koonin was Undersecretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy from May 2009 until November 2011, and prior to that was Chief Scientist at BP focused on renewable energy. He also served as a professor of theoretical physics at Caltech from 1975 until 2006. The company said that its board now includes 12 members.