Renewable energy experts
Enviva is led by a team of executives with decades of experience in renewable energy, finance, manufacturing, and operations.
Mr. Keppler is a co-founder and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. Over the past decade, Mr. Keppler has been responsible for setting Enviva’s strategic direction and leading the company’s growth from a startup company to become the world’s largest producer of woody biomass fuels with operations in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. The company’s portfolio of facilities now comprises about 4.5 million metric tons of production capacity. As part of the company’s strategic vertical integration, these processing facilities export to customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea through Enviva’s wholly-owned purpose-built wood pellet port facilities Chesapeake, Virginia and Wilmington, North Carolina and also through deep water marine terminals in Panama City, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama.
Mr. Keppler led Enviva Partners, LP (NYSE: EVA) to its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on April 29, 2015, making it the first publicly traded company in the industry.
Mr. Keppler serves on the Board of the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), a non-profit standard-setting organization that manages a voluntary certification system designed for woody biomass used in energy production.
Mr. Keppler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Mr. Even has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Enviva since June 2018. In this role, Mr. Even leads Enviva’s finance and accounting organization and provides strategic leadership on finance matters. He has 25 years of experience with operational and strategic finance, including in senior financial and management roles at master limited partnerships. Most recently, Mr. Even served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alon USA Energy, Inc. and served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Alon USA Partners, LP. While at Alon, Mr. Even led Alon’s parent company’s successful IPO on the NYSE in 2005 and the successful IPO of Alon’s master limited partnership in 2012. During his tenure at Alon, he led the company’s two major acquisitions and scaled its finance organization to complement the growth of the company. Prior to joining Alon, Mr. Even served as the Chief Financial Officer of DCL Group in Tel Aviv, Israel, and as an auditor with KPMG. Mr. Even holds a Bachelor’s in Economics and Accounting from Bar-Ilan University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
As Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Enviva Partners, and President and General Counsel of Enviva Development Holdings, Mr. Schmidt leads the development team that has been charged with expanding Enviva’s operating footprint and is responsible for all legal matters associated with the company’s worldwide activities.
Mr. Schmidt brings extensive executive leadership experience in the midstream energy sector to Enviva. He has worked on dozens of successful mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, bank and capital market financings, and a broad array of commercial transactions spanning the energy industry. Bill also has managed natural gas storage facilities and a variety of corporate administrative functions. Prior to joining Enviva in 2013, Mr. Schmidt was Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Buckeye Partners, L.P., a publicly-traded midstream energy company, and President of Lodi Gas Storage, L.L.C., its regulated natural gas storage subsidiary. Buckeye’s market capitalization quadrupled during his tenure, as the company was transformed from a regional pipeline company into a diversified midstream energy company with assets located across the US and in international markets.
Mr. Schmidt holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Drew University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Thomas Meth is Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing and co-founder of Enviva. Thomas is responsible for Enviva’s business development, sales and commercial customer relations, as well as marketing and sustainability initiatives. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria as well as an M.B.A. from The Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at The University of Virginia. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters and, in his spare time, he enjoys skiing, tennis, and history.
Mr. Smith has served as Executive Vice President, Operations since August 2016 and, prior to that, as Vice President, Operations since April 2014. Previously, he served as Director of Operations, NAA Division of Guilford Performance Textiles, a global textile manufacturing company, from March 2012 to July 2014. From August 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Smith also served as Director of Quality, NAA Division. Prior to joining Guilford, Mr. Smith worked as a Plant Manager at Pactiv, a food packaging manufacturer, from May 2009 to August 2010. Mr. Smith served as General Manager of a facility operated by United Plastics Group International from December 2005 to May 2009, after serving in other roles at the company from April 2002. From January 1999 to September 1999, he served as Production Supervisor of The General Motors Corporation, before serving as Mechanical Device/Tool and Die Supervisor from September 1999 to August 2000. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute.
Joseph “Nic” Lane
Mr. Lane has served as Executive Vice President of Human Capital since March 2018. Previously, Mr. Lane was Vice President, Human Resources of Asia Pacific of Milliken & Company since 2015, after holding roles with progressively more responsibility since joining the company in 2001. Over the course of Mr. Lane’s career, he has gained a wealth of valuable experience dealing with talent-related matters associated with scaling organizations, mergers and acquisitions activity, industrial manufacturing, and international operations. Mr. Lane received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from Clemson University in 2003 as well as an MBA from the Babcock Graduate School of Business Administration from Wake Forest University in 2009. He holds the Society for Human Resource Management certification for Senior HR Professionals (SPHR-CP).
Ms. Kravtsova leads the teams responsible for communications and public and environmental affairs, ensuring adherence to Enviva’s values across all aspects of our business. Yana brings over 15 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, leading and executing a broad range of high-profile and complex initiatives in the global arena of law, renewable energy, growth and investments, and corporate governance. Ms. Kravtsova holds an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University’s Washington College of Law and a J.D. from Kuban State University in Krasnodar, Russia.
Mr. Lyon has served as Senior Vice President, Operations since April 2019. His career has largely been with Milliken & Company, an international industrial manufacturer known as one of the world’s safest companies with a long-standing culture of operational excellence. Prior to joining Enviva, Mr. Lyon most recently served as Vice President of Manufacturing in Milliken’s Performance & Protective Textiles Division, where he directed operations for 1,500 employees across eight manufacturing facilities. He has also held executive roles in the Performance Products Division with full profit and loss responsibility. In the latter group, he also served as the Global Director of Manufacturing. He spent much of his early career working in Milliken’s plants, beginning as Process Engineer and working his way to Plant Manager roles. Michael holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University.
Mr. Hintz is a co-founder and Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer of Enviva. Since Enviva’s inception, he has been responsible for all technical aspects of project development, implementation, and continuous improvement of Enviva’s new and existing operations. With more than two decades’ experience in facility design, construction, operations, and reliability, Mr. Hintz brings a deep understanding of and extensive skills in economic analysis, conceptual engineering, process evaluation, and engineering and ongoing process improvement to Enviva’s technical evolution.
During his tenure at Enviva, Mr. Hintz has spearheaded the project management, engineering review, and process leadership of multiple biomass-to-energy and wood pellet manufacturing facilities in the United States and in Europe.
Mr. Hintz earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins
Dr. Jenkins leads the team responsible for Enviva’s environmental stewardship, from guiding the development and implementation of policies that ensure the sustainability and traceability of the wood supply chain, to interacting with policymakers and other stakeholders on regulatory matters. With a technical background in carbon cycling and ecosystem science, she brings more than 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the private sector at the interface between forests and climate. She holds a Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology from the University of New Hampshire, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s RH Smith School of Business, a Master of Forest Science from Yale University, and a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Wijetilleke is responsible for driving Enviva’s corporate strategy, managing integration processes, and leading technology. He is a veteran of creating comprehensive digital strategies and leading cross-functional business teams to drive results and brings more than 20 years of experience in high-growth environments inside the digital media and technology industries. Prior to joining Enviva, Mr. Wijetilleke held senior roles with increasingly broader responsibility in both tactical and strategic assignments, including various positions at Fortune 50 companies such as AOL–Time Warner and Comcast as well as in venture capital with Sherpalo Ventures–Kleiner Perkins Affiliate fund in India. He holds a Master of Economics from the London School of Economics, an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a B.A. in International Relations from American University.
Mr. Young has served as Vice President and Corporate Controller since November 2018 and oversees all aspects of Enviva’s accounting functions, including corporate accounting, revenue accounting, operations accounting, payroll, financial reporting, and technical accounting. More broadly as Controller, he is responsible for the accounting systems and comprehensive set of controls to maintain fidelity of financial reporting and mitigate risk across the enterprise. Mr. Young has over 20 years of experience as a global controllership leader and in managing financial reporting at public companies across a broad range of industries. He spent nine years with AES, a Fortune 200 power company, in technical accounting and controllership. Most recently, he served as AES’s Vice President and Corporate Center Controller, managing a 30-person team and overseeing audits, payroll, and other key financial functions. Mr. Young previously worked for five years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, last serving as Assistant Chief Accountant. He earned public accounting experience while working at Ernst & Young. He holds a B.S. in Accounting and Management Information Systems from George Mason University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Geraghty has served as Vice President, Operations Finance since June 2018. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Controller since January 2011. From July 2008 to January 2011, Mr. Geraghty was Project Manager at Rose Financial Services, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting early stage high-growth companies to scale their finance functions in preparation for private and public debt and equity offerings. Prior to that, he was Controller at The George Washington University Hospital since July 2002. From September 1999 to July 2002, Mr. Geraghty worked in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services of Arthur Andersen, LLP. Mr. Geraghty holds a B.S. in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University, an M.B.A. from the George Washington University School of Business and holds a Certified Public Accountant accreditation.