Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder
About Our Keynote Speaker
Thomas Meth is Chief Commercial Officer and co-founder of Enviva, a leading global energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy. Enviva is the world’s largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, which provide a low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. Prior to this role, Mr. Meth led Enviva’s global marketing and sales strategy for the past seventeen years
Mr. Meth has been instrumental in the company’s growth, developing solutions to complex issues in Enviva’s supply chain while working with Enviva’s customers to lower their dependence on coal and other fossil fuels. As Enviva enters new markets across the globe, Mr. Meth will lead the effort to explore additional applications for sustainable wood biomass, particularly in hard-to-abate industrial sectors. He will also guide Enviva’s pledge to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 2030 and enable other industries to do the same.
Prior to co-founding Enviva in 2004, Mr. Meth was Head of Sales and Marketing for Colfax Corporation where he managed a team of 100 and oversaw 50 million Euros in sales per year across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before Colfax, Mr. Meth was Director of Sales at Europay Austria (now PayLife) where he supervised Master Credit Card sales and managed the acquisition of businesses for MasterCard, Maestro and the Electronic Purse.
In 2011, Mr. Meth helped launch the U.S. Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA), a not-for-profit trade association promoting sustainability and safety practices within the U.S. wood energy industry. Originally elected as Vice Chairman of the board in 2011, Mr. Meth became the Chairman of the board in 2016. Mr. Meth is also the Treasurer and a board member of #forestproud, a diverse group of individuals, companies, non-profits, government agencies, and organizations across North America united by a shared ethic of forest stewardship.
Mr. Meth holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria, and a Master of Business Administration from The Darden Graduate School of Business at The University of Virginia. Born in Vienna, Austria, Mr. Meth currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters.