Title: Executive Chairman
Company: VitaBio Group
Location: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Patrick Mailer-Howat, Executive Chairman at VitaBio Group, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in horticulture and environmental sustainability.
Mr. Mailer-Howat has earned renown as the innovative developer of environmentally sustainable bio-degradable green plastic utilizing carbon neutral CHP renewable energy, through which he draws upon his 35 years of experience in Brazil’s agricultural and banking sectors. Presently, he is the executive chairperson of the VitaBio Group based in Rio de Janeiro, which is developing a vertically integrated supply chain of Polylactide (PLA), a bio-polymer plastic resin made from locally grown sugarcane, in grades and at prices that compete with most fossil fuel-based plastics.
Coming of age at a time before lead gas was banned and under the guidance of his father, a career army officer who went on to become a director in the World Wildlife Fund, Mr. Patrick Mailer-Howat quickly learned that industries and consumers will only change their behavior if mandated by law, or if they are financially incentivized to do so. He is a graduate from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as an officer in the British Army from 1973 to 1977. Mr. Patrick Mailer-Howat attended the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, studied the economics of agricultural development and finance at Baruch College, CUNY and earned his chartered financial analyst designation in 1992.
Mr. Mailer-Howat began his career as a commodities trader at J.H. Rayners Limited in London in 1977. Following this period, he went on to co-found Mailer Walker International Limited, a London based commodity trading company in 1981 before becoming the head of commodities for the HSBC Group’s global trading company, Equator Trade Services Limited in 1985. He joined the First National Bank of Boston in 1989 as its vice president of international banking in Brazil, and later served as the director between 1993 and 1995. Mr. Mailer-Howat subsequently found success as the director of international equities and analytics sales for Instinet Corporation (Reuters Group) from 1996 to 1999, after which he maintained involvement as the managing director for the International Planning Group for Citibank, Brazil, until 2006.
Mr. Mailer-Howat co-founded Vita Bioenergia Limitada in 2007, based in Rio de Janeiro, and Usina Tres Barras Limitada in 2009, based in Amambai, Mato Grosso do Sul State, as well as the VitaBio Group. The initial focus of the business was to produce bioethanol and carbon neutral co-generated energy for Brazil’s domestic market. On becoming the executive chairperson in 2016, he restructured the business to concentrate on finding a solution to producing low cost 100% green polymers. The VitaBio Group can now create a vertically integrated production platform of biodegradable polymers utilizing proven technologies. Notably, the process is carbon neutral and potentially carbon capturing, with no waste or toxic products. The platform has been designed to be scaled up to meet the demand for an environmentally sustainable non-toxic plastic required by global brands and consumers, as well as current and future legislation.
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