Following the closure of its downstream refining and trading operations earlier in 2008, the size and scope of the company's operations have been significantly reduced. The business now comprises a wholly owned plant science business, D1 Oils Plant Science (DOPSL) and a 50% stake in the D1-BP Fuel Crops joint venture with BP International (BP) for the planting and harvesting of jatropha curcas. Ben Good, finance and commercial director, will, in addition to his current responsibilities, take on the role of CEO. Given the company's scope of activities and the executive leadership within D1-BP Fuel Crops, the board has decided there is no requirement to appoint a separate finance director. Clive Morton and Chris Leaver, both non-executive directors, have stepped down from the board. Both Barclay Forrest and Moira Black continue in their capacity as non-executive directors of D1 Oils. Brian Myerson, chairman of the Principle Capital Group and a non-executive director of D1 Oils since July 2008, has agreed to become chairman of D1 Oils to assist in the next stage of its development.