Our Team

Arunas Chesonis

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

Mr. Chesonis joined Sweetwater as CEO in December 2011 after also serving as its Chairman since 2010. Prior to Sweetwater, Mr. Chesonis served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. (NASDAQ: WIN), one of the largest national telecom carriers. Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC in 1998.

Mr. Chesonis has a long history in sustainability. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, has supported numerous environmental and renewable energy projects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to address climate change. He also personally invests in clean tech, life sciences, and artificial intelligence ventures through his involvement at universities in Boston and Rochester. 

Mr. Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.

He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. Mr. Chesonis is also a member of the M.I.T. Corporation and is a life trustee of the University of Rochester.

Arunas A.
Chesonis

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Jack
Baron

President & Executive Vice President

Scott 
Tudman

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Algimantas
Chesonis

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Lee
Polite

Chief Scientific Officer

James
Hvsidas

Senior Vice President Real Estate & Construction

Jonathan
Sherwood

Vice President of Finance

Dr. Nina
Pearlmutter

Vice President of Intellectual Property

Sweetwater Energy uses a unique technology for producing low-cost nanofibrillated cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, sugars, and clean lignin from non-food plant materials to help meet the modern world's increasing bioenergy and biochemical demands.

Contact Us

2400 Mt. Read Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14615

Call Us: 585-647-5760

Email: [email protected]