Krishna Venkataswamy joins Interface Performance Materials
Dr. Krishna Venkataswamy has joined Interface Performance Materials as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Venkataswamy is widely known in the global TPE industry. Prior to joining Interface, he served as Senior Global Technology Director of GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, PolyOne Corporation. He led innovation, product development, application development, and materials science and technology, and was responsible for innovation centres in the USA, Europe, and Asia.
Venkataswamy’s contributions to the technology and business world have been widely recognised. 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. He has been honoured 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.
Venkataswamy received a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and a 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. 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.”
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. To improve collaboration and value to its customers, Konya will work to align the Sales and Engineering groups to develop the product roadmap.
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.
“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.”
“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, Interface President and CEO.
About Interface Performance Materials
Headquartered in Lancaster, PA, USA, Interface Performance Materials has seven manufacturing locations across the world, including a sales and manufacturing facility in Altenkirchen, Germany. The company supplies advanced sealing solutions and thermal management systems.