The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) named Doug Whitehead as its Chief Operating Officer. Whitehead joins the executive team after 10 years in various roles with the organization, most recently as the Director of Operations and Membership.


“Doug has admirably served the biodiesel industry in his various roles at NBB over the years, and his experience and expertise in operations, membership, strategic thinking and management uniquely positions us to continue our growth as an organization and as an industry,” said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “His deep understanding of the day-to-day operations of the organization allow us to continue serving our members in a highly effective, efficient way as a member association.”


As Director of Operations and Membership, Whitehead managed the planning, implementation, administration and reporting of all contracts for funding and subcontracting. He was also responsible for recruiting new members to the organization and served as the main point of contact for current members.


“I’m extremely excited to serve the biodiesel industry in my new executive role with NBB,” said Whitehead. “We have a tremendous team that is committed to growing the market for America’s advanced biofuel. It will be critical to continue to face our challenges head-on to maintain our more than 2-billion-gallon market share.”


The announcement comes as U.S. consumers saw record volumes of advanced biofuels in the U.S. marketplace—almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016. The industry supports 64,000 U.S. jobs and $11.42 billion in total economic impact according to independent economic analysis conducted by LMC International.


Based in Jefferson City, Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board is the U.S. trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, including producers, feedstock suppliers and fuel distributors, as well as the U.S. renewable diesel industry. It counts more than 150 companies and organizations among its membership.