Dr. Gerald R. Cysewski
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Dr. Cysewski co-founded the Company in 1983 and has served as a director of the Company since that time. Until June 1996, he also served as Scientific Director. From March 1990 to May 2008, Dr. Cysewski served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and in October 1990 was also appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board. From 1988 to November 1990, he served as Vice Chairman of the Company. From 1980 to 1982, Dr. Cysewski was Group Leader of Microalgae Research and Development at Battelle Northwest, a major contract research and development firm. From 1976 to 1980, Dr. Cysewski was an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a culture system for blue-green algae. Dr. Cysewski received his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
Vice President - General Manager
Mr. Custer has served as Cyanotech’s Vice President General Manager since 2019. He joined Cyanotech in 2015, as Manufacturing Manager, was promoted to Director of Manufacturing in 2016 prior to his current position. He has over 17 years of experience in the food and supplement industries. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Custer served as Plant Manager at Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company for seven years. Prior to arriving in Hawaii, Mr. Custer gained valuable experience interfacing with the U.S Department of Agriculture and Federal Drug Administration while working in various management roles within the poultry industry in Ohio and New York. He served on the Board of Directors of the Big Island Chapter of Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association from 2014 through 2017. His education includes a degree in Accounting from the University of Hawaii.
Vice President – Operations
With 30 years’ experience in Spirulina production Glenn Jensen is a specialist in growing premium quality Spirulina and Astaxanthin. He joined the Nutrex team after working at another Spirulina farm in the 1980’s. Mr. Jensen holds a B.S. degree in Health Science from California State University, Fresno. Mr. Jensen oversees a team of dedicated microalgae professionals; in fact, the top five staff members in Nutrex’s scientific & production departments have a combined total of over 125 years experience in microalgae experience.
Vice President - Quality, Regulatory & Government Affairs
Ms. Johansen has 15 years of experience in quality and regulatory, and is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, is an American Society of Quality certified HACCP Auditor, and is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). Ms. Johansen is instrumental in building relationships with local and federal leadership and developing Hawaii as the next leader in the natural products industry. Since 2012 Ms. Johansen has been working alongside the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA) to develop the next generation of congressional champions for the Dietary Supplement and Natural Products industry. She is the Chairwoman for the Hawaii State Chapter of UNPA and is on the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and Sustainability Committee. Ms. Johansen attended the University of Oregon on a full athletic scholarship for basketball and obtained her degree in Psychology, with a minor in Organic Chemistry.
Vice President - Human Resources, Secretary
Ms. Nordin has served as Cyanotech’s Vice President of Human Resources, and Corporate Secretary since 2019. She joined Cyanotech in 2016 as Director of Human Resources. While in this role she received her Master of Human Resource Management degree from University of Hawaii-Manoa and serves on the Society Human Resources Management (SHRM) – Hawaii Chapter Legislative Committee and the SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation Hawaii Island District Committee. Ms. Nordin has over 25 years business operations management experience with an emphasis in manufacturing, quality assurance, agriculture, and tourism sectors; with the last 20 years specifically concentrated on Hawaii and Pacific Asian business. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Nordin was the Director of Operations and Sales at Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, Operations Manager of HPM Building Supply, and Quality Manager for Molded Dimensions Inc. Ms. Nordin holds a B.S. degree in Operations Management from Marian University-Wisconsin and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Hawaii-Manoa with an emphasis in Pacific Asian Business. Amy has a passion to facilitate connections to promote community improvement and mentor Hawaii’s youth.
Vice President - Finance & CEO
With more than 25 years’ experience as a senior level executive in agri-business, bio-fuels and renewable energy, Brian provides both a valuable and an experienced perspective and will open up new opportunities for growth going forward. His experience includes financial and strategic planning, budget development and management, business expansion and M&A for large multi-national enterprises.”
Since 2012, Brian has served as VP of Finance, Asia Pacific for Fresh Del Monte Produce based in Manila. Before that, he served as CFO for Sumifru Corporation (a joint venture with Sumitomo) based in Singapore. Before that, he served as Senior VP/Finance for Hawaii Bioenergy LLC in Honolulu and VP/Strategic Planning for Maui Land & Pineapple Company in Kahului. He began his career working in varied financial management positions for Dole. His education includes degrees in Agriculture Economics, General Management and Finance.