Henry Sicignano III, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Sicignano has served as our Chief Executive Officer since March 2015 and as President since April 2010. From August 2005 to April 2009, Mr. Sicignano served as a General Manager and as the Director of Corporate Marketing for NOCO Energy Corp., a petroleum products company; and from March 2003 to July 2005, as Vice President of Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc., a fine furniture manufacturer. From February 1997 through July 2002, he served as Vice President and Marketing Director of Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, a specialty tobacco company, prior to the sale of that company to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company for $356 million in 2002. Mr. Sicignano holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Government from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Harvard University.

Michael Moynihan, Ph.D., Vice President of R&D

Dr. Moynihan has served as our Vice President of R&D since 2007 and as a consultant for us since 1999. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Director of Biotechnology Development at Fundación Chile and from 1995 to 2000 as Senior Project Director at InterLink Biotechnologies LLC. He previously served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University, Japan; a Postdoctoral Associate in the Section of Plant Biology, Cornell University; and a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Agricultural Molecular Biology, Rutgers University. Dr. Moynihan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Brown University and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University.

John T. Brodfuehrer, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Brodfuehrer was appointed our Chief Financial Officer in March 2013.  Through December 2012, Mr. Brodfuehrer served as the Chief Financial Officer of Latina Boulevard Foods, LLC, or LBF, an entity formed as the result of a merger of two long-time Western New York wholesale food distributors. Prior to his employment with LBF, Mr. Brodfuehrer was Vice-President of Retail Accounting for United Refining Company, or URC. Prior to his time at URC, Mr. Brodfuehrer served in multiple roles over a twenty-four year span with NOCO Energy Corp, a diversified distributor of energy products and related services. Mr. Brodfuehrer served as NOCO’s Chief Financial Officer, Vice-President and as a member of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2009. Mr. Brodfuehrer earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979 and became a New York State Certified Public Accountant in 1981.

Thomas L. James, Esq., Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Mr. James was appointed as our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in May 2014. From February 2001 to May 2014, Mr. James was a Partner and later Of Counsel in the law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, the external legal counsel of our company, during which time Mr. James served as the outside legal and business counsel for our company for more than a decade. Prior to that time, Mr. James was a Partner in the law firm of Freedman, Levy, Kroll & Simonds in Washington, D.C. Mr. James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Paul Rushton, Ph.D., Vice President of Plant Biotechnology

Dr. Rushton was appointed our Vice President of Plant Biotechnology in October 2015.  Dr. Rushton served as an Associate Professor at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center in Dallas from 2013 to 2015, and at South Dakota State University, Department of Biology and Microbiology from 2009 to 2013.  Prior to that time, he served as a Research Assistant Professor and Research Associate at the University of Virginia, Department of Biology where he worked alongside Dr. Michael Timko – a pioneer in the field of altering nicotine levels in tobacco and developer of some of 22nd Century’s altered-nicotine tobacco technology.  Dr. Rushton was a Postdoctoral Fellow for a decade at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany.  Dr. Rushton holds a Master of Arts degree in Biochemistry from The University of Cambridge, UK and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Manchester University, UK.

Michael Zercher, Vice President of Business Development


Mr. Zercher was appointed as our Vice President of Business Development in October 2016. He previously headed Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company’s international business operations based in Zurich, Switzerland where he built a thriving international business with significant sales in twelve countries.  Mr. Zercher has more than twenty years of experience in the tobacco industry in marketing, sales, operations and business development in the United States, Europe and Asia.