– Alto Board Forms Environmental, Social and Governance Sub-Committee –
SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alto Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALTO), a leading producer and marketer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients, has promoted Stacy Swanson to the newly created role of Vice President of Quality and Sustainability effective April 15, 2022. Swanson now reports directly to CEO Mike Kandris .
Kandris said, “Specialty liquor customers are looking for certifications that ensure reliability and security of supply. Stacy has been instrumental in creating valuable market differentiators for Alto by leading the rigorous certification process. After achieving ISO 9001, ICH Q7 and EXCiPACT Good Manufacturing Practices certifications as well as redundancy across our Beijing campus, we have expanded our market applications and customer appeal. Yet our work continues. Stacy will lead the ongoing certification standards program, manage audits and more. Stacy will work with our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) sub-committee, the leadership team and others within the company to identify areas for improvement and execute on our commitment to ESG. She is doing an incredible job for Alto and I am thrilled with the leadership and execution she will bring to her new role.
Swanson said: “Alto continues to be dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace, reducing environmental impact and complying with all laws and regulations. It’s rewarding to see our team continually improving and adapting to the tasks that arise as we bring in new equipment and testing. I am excited to expand my responsibilities in the new quality and sustainability role as we continue to invest in our facilities and grow our specialty alcohols and essential ingredients businesses.
Environmental, social and governance commitment
Focused on improving its ESG strategy and culture, in late 2021 Alto engaged a third-party consultant (Nasdaq), with ultimate board oversight, to review its ESG practices and disclosures. All departments of the company, including operations, quality, sales, legal, human resources and accounting, were interviewed. As a result, some of the improvements implemented by management include the establishment of the ESG Board Sub-Committee and the role of Vice President for Quality and Sustainability.
Swanson worked at the company’s Beijing campus for more than nine years: first as a lab manager responsible for managing analysts in the quality assurance labs, troubleshooting process issues, and data analysis to increase yield and production in the company’s wet and dry milling facilities, then in 2019, as the company’s Quality Director. Previously, Swanson was a professor of chemistry for nine years at Spoon River College where she taught all course and laboratory sections of general and organic chemistry. During her tenure at Spoon River College, Swanson served as the Canton Campus Advisor for the Student Environmental Group which promoted sustainability through educational programs, field trips, campus recycling and waste reduction. Swanson began his career at the USDA Agricultural Research Service primarily performing bench-top experiments on starch-oil composites.
Swanson received his MS in Chemistry from Bradley University and a BS in Chemistry from Eureka College.
About Alto Ingredients, Inc.
Alto Ingredients, Inc. (ALTO) is a leading producer and marketer of specialty alcohols and essential ingredients. The company focuses on products for four key markets: health, home and beauty; Food and drinks; essential ingredients; and renewable fuels. The company’s customers include major food and beverage companies and consumer products companies. For more information, please visit www.altoingredients.com.
Bryon McGregor, Alto Ingredients, Inc., 916-403-2768, [email protected]
Company IR Contact:
Michael Kramer, Alto Ingredients, Inc., 916-403-2755, [email protected]
IR agency contact:
Kirsten Chapman, LHA Investor Relations, 415-433-3777, [email protected]
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