John Nichols

As President & CEO of Codexis since June 2012, John has been at the helm of the company through its turnaround and subsequent growth, positioning Codexis as a leader bringing protein-based innovations into a growing list of partnerships and industries.

Prior to Codexis, John worked in various business leadership roles for more than 22 years at Albemarle Corporation, a maker of highly engineered specialty chemicals. There, John lead the growth of the company’s largest, billion dollar plus global catalyst business, turned around a struggling half billion dollar fine chemicals business, and expanded and globalized Albemarle’s flame retardants business. A native of New York City, John and his family have lived widely across the USA, and also enjoyed an exciting three year assignment in Tokyo, Japan in the late 1990’s. John received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now NYU) and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.