Phil Madson has served as President of KATZEN International, Inc. since 1993. He has held a number of technical and executive positions since joining the firm in 1980, including technology development, process engineering, project management, startup services and marketing. KATZEN’s focus throughout this period has been research and development, design and execution of advanced technology for the fuel, industrial and potable ethanol industries worldwide. Madson has concentrated his efforts on commercialization of value-added agriculture integrated with bio-based fuels and chemicals. He led the team that implemented Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (SSF) at commercial scale during the 1980’s. Since Madson assumed the leadership responsibility, KATZEN International has completed 85 commercial projects in more than 30 countries.
Mr. Madson’s first 10 years of industrial experience included a range of technical and managerial responsibilities in the Paper Products division of the Procter & Gamble Company. His responsibilities included production technology development and implementation, and new product/process development in cellulose and plastic systems. In addition to his technical accomplishments, Madson held the position of Associate Director; where he was responsible for process and product technology development and execution for cellulose–based products with retail sales exceeding $500,000,000.
Phil received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and is a registered Professional Engineer. He was honored by his peers with the “2009 Award of Excellence” for technical and development achievements as recognized by the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo.