Interface Performance Materials Strengthens its Executive Team
Lancaster, PA USA (August 2017) – Interface Performance Materials, a global leader in advanced materials, sealing solutions, thermal management systems, and specialty products, announces the newest members of their executive team. These strategic appointments put a laser focus on breakthrough innovations to better serve our customers globally and expand our markets.
Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy joins Interface Performance Materials as Sr. Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, bringing strong technology leadership expertise, passion for innovation, broad business perspective, and highly-regarded reputation. With proven results in the elastomer industry, Dr. Venkataswamy will lead his team in developing a cutting-edge technology roadmap that aligns with customers’ business needs and strategic direction.
“My focus is value addition by meeting our customer needs with future trends in technology,” states Dr. Venkataswamy. “I am excited to be a part of the executive team at Interface Performance Materials. I am looking forward to collaborating with our customers who are proven innovators.”
Dr. Venkataswamy’s contributions to the technology and business world have been widely recognized. In 2012, he received the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) prestigious Research and Engineering Technology Award for his technology innovation contributions and commercial success in the Thermoplastic Elastomer industry. In addition, Dr. Venkataswamy has been honored with a variety of additional awards, notably the SPE Fellow Award in 2006, the Outstanding Achievement Award for SPE Leadership in 1999, and the American Chemical Society’s Sherwin-Williams Award in Applied Polymer Science in 1986.
Prior to joining Interface, Dr. Venkataswamy served as Senior Global Technology Director of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation. He led innovation, product development, application development, and materials science and technology. He was responsible for innovation centers in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.
Alex Konya joins Interface Performance Materials as the newly appointed Vice President, Global Marketing and Product Management, bringing more than 20 years of expertise and leadership in delivering innovative, problem-solving technologies to the market. With a focus on understanding market needs, Konya leads strategic initiatives aimed at improving product demand, quality, and overall cost. To improve collaboration and value to its customers, Konya will work to align the Sales and Engineering groups to develop the product roadmap.
“Bringing value to our customers through the development of innovative products that deliver a necessary solution is at the core of my thinking,” states Konya. “Sound product development is based on asking the right questions about market needs and customer pain points. Joining a team with the same foundational mindset is a win right from the start.”
Konya received his MBA in Marketing from Case Western Reserve University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University. Prior to joining Interface, he was employed by PPG Industries as a Strategic Marketing Director for its Industrial Coatings Americas division.
“With the expertise and leadership offered from Dr. Venkataswamy and Mr. Konya, we are confident in our ability to continue delivering valued, break-through engineered solutions and remain true in our belief that a stronger company is a win for all Interface stakeholders,” states Victor Swint, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, Interface Performance Materials has seven manufacturing locations across the world and provides a full range of engineering services including gasket design, flange analysis, material recommendations, joint design recommendations, and validation testing of parts to OEMs and fabricators. With global manufacturing excellence, advanced engineering expertise, and an innovative portfolio, Interface Performance Materials’ depth of industry and application knowledge enable the company to respond quickly to rapid and continuously changing markets with custom materials and products that precisely fit performance, certainty of operation, and cost requirements. Learn more at InterfaceMaterials.com.