Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) is very happy to announce that Mark Drake has joined us in the position of Business Area Director – Asia. Mark recently served for four years as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager for Corn Plus, a 40 MGPY ethanol manufacturer. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, where he was responsible for bringing the company up from the ground to operating at a 110 MGPY rate in 2008. In addition, he held various sales and marketing leadership positions in the ethanol industry with Phibro and Novozymes, helping them achieve significant market share. After beginning his career as a chemist, he played a key role in growing industrial starch businesses for Roquette, Cargill and Penford Products. A graduate of Lake County College, Mr. Drake has held membership in Growth Energy, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and was a Board member of the Faribault County Development Corporation.