Sapphire Energy Grows Leadership Team With New Chief Operating Officer

    Sapphire Energy Grows Leadership Team With New Chief Operating Officer

Tyson Foods/Renewable Products Executive Jeff Webster to Drive Future Business
Operations and Development Roadmap

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 13, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the
world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the
appointment of Jeff Webster as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role,
Mr. Webster brings more than 28 years of broad industry experience across
biotech, renewable energy, agriculture, and oil & gas, including setting
strategic direction and leading implementation of successful new business
initiatives for industry leading companies such as Solazyme and Tyson Foods'
Renewable Products Division. At Sapphire Energy, he'll oversee current and
future business operations, business and project development and corporate
affairs. 

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"From its executives to scientists to engineers and more, Sapphire Energy has
established itself as one of the most powerful entities behind the progression
of algae biology science, technology and industry," said Cynthia 'CJ' Warner,
CEO and chairman of Sapphire Energy. "Jeff's extensive background in
developing and managing successful business initiatives for newly emerging
markets makes him a great addition to our team, and I'm certain he'll play a
crucial role in helping to drive the company forward as we move towards the
commercialization stage of our Green Crude Farm initiative and beyond."

Prior to Sapphire Energy, Mr. Webster served as COO at Solazyme
(NASDAQ:SZYM), an algal-based renewable oil and bioproduct company, where he
was responsible for leading in-market business units and multiple
administrative functions. Prior to that, he served as GVP and GM of Renewable
Products – Tyson Foods, a major division of Tyson that manufactures and sells
ingredients into the human, pet, and animal feed markets, where he established
new growth platforms, partnerships and brands, while pioneering the company's
efforts into the renewable energy space. He also created multiple business
ventures, while successfully securing legislation for next-generation
renewable fuels, including the landmark partnership with ConocoPhillips that
established new ways for agricultural companies to partner with refiners in
second generation fuels. Additionally, he was responsible for initiating,
funding, and building North America's first stand-alone, commercial scale,
advanced biofuels facility via Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture between
Tyson and Syntroleum.

Mr. Webster was also formerly CEO at Carmichael Training Systems, an endurance
training start-up company. Earlier in his career, he held various management
positions within engineering, market research, finance, and ultimately as
vice president of Global Strategy & Development at Kellogg Co., where he was
responsible for portfolio, market entry, and brand strategy initiatives. He
began his career as a Geophysicist with ARCO. He holds a B.S. in Geophysics
from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Executive
Development Program.

About Sapphire Energy

San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is pioneering an entirely new industry – Green
Crude production – with the potential to profoundly change America's energy
and petrochemical landscape for the better. Sapphire's products and processes
in this category differ significantly from other forms of biofuel because they
are made solely from photosynthetic microorganisms (algae and cyanobacteria),
using sunlight and CO2 as their feedstock; are not dependent on food crops or
valuable farmland; do not use potable water; do not result in biodiesel or
ethanol; enhance and replace petroleum-based products; are compatible with
existing infrastructure; and are low carbon, renewable and scalable. Sapphire
has an R&D facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and is currently operating the
first Integrated Algal BioRefinery in Columbus, New Mexico. For more
information, visit www.sapphireenergy.com or

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Piotraszewski, +1-206-910-7606, andrea@zebrapartners.net, both for Sapphire
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