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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Vinod M. Khilnani

    Retired Executive Chairman
    CTS Corporation

    Mr. Khilnani was appointed our Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in January 2018. Now retired, Mr. Khilnani was the Executive Chairman of CTS Corporation (electronic components and accessories). Mr. Khilnani became Executive Chairman of CTS Corporation in January 2013 and served in that capacity until May 2013. He had served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of CTS from 2007 until 2013. Prior to that time, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2001. Mr. Khilnani was appointed to the Board of Gibraltar Industries in October 2014 and to the Board of ESCO Technologies Inc. (filtration and fluid control products, RF shielding and test equipment, technical packaging, and electric utility solutions) in August 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors of 1st Source Corporation since 2013. As the former Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President of CTS (and its former Chief Financial Officer), Mr. Khilnani offers a wealth of management experience and business knowledge regarding operational, financial and corporate governance issues, as well as extensive international experience with global operations.

    Director Since
    Independent Director
    Chairman of the Board
  • Robert J. Phillippy

    Independent Consultant

    Mr. Phillippy is an independent consultant, advising technology companies on a range of strategic, operational and organizational issues. From September 2007 until April 2016, he was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Newport Corporation (lasers, optics and photonics technologies). Mr. Phillippy joined Newport in 1996 and served in various executive management positions prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2007. In April 2016, Newport was acquired by MKS Instruments (instruments, components, subsystems, and process control solutions for advanced manufacturing applications), and from July 2016 until May 2018, Mr. Phillippy served on the board of directors of MKS Instruments. From April 2016 to September 2016, he also served as Executive Advisor to MKS Instruments. Mr. Phillippy has also served as a director of ESCO Technologies Inc. (filtration and fluid control products, RF shielding and test equipment, technical packaging, and electric utility solutions) since May 2014, and as a director of Kimball Electronics (engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain solutions) since November 2018. Mr. Phillippy's deep understanding of technology-related industries, extensive experience as the former Chief Executive Officer of a global technology company and significant knowledge of matters impactful to public company boards makes him a valuable contribution to the Board of Directors.

    Independent Director
  • Patrick Prevost

    Former President and Chief Executive Officer
    Cabot Corporation
    Mr. Prevost served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabot Corporation (global specialty chemical and performance materials company) from January 2008 until his retirement in March 2016. Prior to Cabot, Mr. Prevost served as President, Performance Chemicals at BASF AG (international chemical company) from October 2005 to December 2007. Prior to that, he was responsible for BASF Corporation’s Chemicals and Plastics business in North America. Mr. Prevost previously held senior management positions with increasing responsibility at BP Plc from 1999 to 2003 and Amoco Chemicals from 1983 until 1999. Mr. Prevost serves on the Board of Directors of Southwestern Energy Company and Cabot Corporation and previously served on the Board of Directors of General Cable Corporation. Mr. Prevost brings to our Board of Directors substantial leadership experience in a variety of complex international businesses, a chemical engineering background with broad experience in material science and chemistry, which are important to our business, extensive experience involving acquisitions and strategic alliances and deep knowledge of international business, strategic planning, manufacturing and financial matters.
    Independent Director
  • N. Mohan Reddy Ph.D.

    B. Charles Ames, Professor of Management,
    Case Western Reserve University

    Dr. Reddy is B. Charles Ames, Professor of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Reddy was appointed B. Charles Ames, Professor of Management in February 2014. Prior to that, he had served as the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management from 2007 until 2012 and as the Dean of the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University from 2006 until 2012. Dr. Reddy had been Associate Professor of Marketing since 1991 and Keithley Professor of Technology Management from 1996 to 2006 at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Reddy had served on the Board of Directors of Keithley Instruments, Inc. from 2001 until December 2010, when Keithley Instruments was purchased by Danaher Corporation. Dr. Reddy had also served on the Board of Directors of Lubrizol Corporation from February 2011 until October 2011, when Lubrizol was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Dr. Reddy also serves as a consultant to firms in the electronics and semiconductor industries, primarily in the areas of product and market development. Dr. Reddy’s knowledge of industrial marketing, technology development and extensive global knowledge in the electronics and semiconductor industries provides valuable insight to our Board of Directors.

    Director Since
    Independent Director
  • Craig S. Shular

    Former Executive Chairman of the Board
    GrafTech International Ltd.

    Mr. Shular is Co-Founder of Global Graphite Group LLC (advanced materials company specializing in graphite products), which he co-founded in November 2017. Mr. Shular is the former Executive Chairman of the Board of GrafTech International Ltd. (electrical industrial apparatus). Mr. Shular was elected Chairman of the Board of GrafTech in 2007 and served in that capacity until December 2014. He had been a director of GrafTech from January 2003 until May 2014. Mr. Shular served as Chief Executive Officer of GrafTech from 2003 and as President from 2002 until he retired from both positions in January 2014. From 2001 until 2002, he served as Executive Vice President of GrafTech’s largest business, Graphite Electrodes. Mr. Shular joined GrafTech as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 1999 and assumed the additional duties of Executive Vice President, Electrode Sales and Marketing in 2000 until 2001. As the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President and former Chief Financial Officer of GrafTech, Mr. Shular brings a breadth of financial and operational management experience and provides our Board of Directors with a perspective of someone familiar with all facets of a global enterprise.

    Director Since
    Independent Director
  • Darlene J. S. Solomon Ph.D.

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
    Agilent Technologies, Inc.

    Dr. Solomon is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Agilent Technologies, Inc. (life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets). Dr. Solomon has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Agilent Technologies since 2006. Prior to that time, she served as Vice President and Director of Agilent Laboratories, Agilent's centralized advanced research organization. Dr. Solomon joined Agilent in 1999 and served in a dual capacity as the director of the Life Sciences Technologies Laboratory and as the senior director, research and development/technology for Agilent’s Life Sciences and Chemical Analysis business. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on multiple academic and government advisory boards focused on science, technology and innovation. With extensive knowledge and experience in materials measurement and leading innovation in a diversified global technology enterprise, Dr. Solomon brings to our Board of Directors valuable insight on research and development and other operational issues faced by companies focused on innovations in technology.

    Director Since
    Independent Director
  • Robert B. Toth

    Managing Director
    CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC

    Mr. Toth has been a Managing Director of CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC (global private equity investment firm) since January 2016. Mr. Toth also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Polypore International, Inc. (high technology filtration products) from 2005 until 2015 and as Chairman of the Board from 2011 until 2015. Prior to Polypore, Mr. Toth served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of CP Kelco ApS. Mr. Toth also spent 19 years at Monsanto Company, and its spin-off company, Solutia Inc., where he held a variety of executive and managerial roles. Mr. Toth also serves on the Board of Directors of PQ Corporation (producer of specialty inorganic performance chemicals and catalysts), SPX Corporation (a supplier of highly engineered products and technologies, holding leadership positions in the HVAC, detection and measurement, and engineered solutions markets), and Hayward Industries, Inc. (a leading global manufacturer of residential and commercial pool equipment and industrial flow control products). With extensive experience in leading corporations in the manufacturing and specialty materials sector, including his knowledge and skills in senior management, finance and operations, Mr. Toth brings to our Board of Directors significant insight into the strategic and operational issues facing companies in the advanced materials industry.

    Director Since
    Independent Director
  • Jugal K. Vijayvargiya

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Materion Corporation

    Mr. Vijayvargiya is President and Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board of Materion Corporation. He joined Materion as President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2017. Prior to joining Materion, Mr. Vijayvargiya had an extensive 26-year international career with Delphi Automotive PLC (leading global technology solutions provider to the automotive and transportation sectors). He most recently led Delphi's Automotive Electronics and Safety segment, a $3 billion global business based in Germany. In this role, Mr. Vijayvargiya served as an officer of Delphi and a member of its Executive Committee. Previously, he attained progressively responsible positions in Europe and North America in product and manufacturing engineering, sales, product line management, acquisition integration and general management. Mr. Vijayvargiya’s broad and diverse experience at Delphi provides significant value to our Board of Directors.

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