The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest
Posted: May 7, 2009
Applied Materials' Executive Tom Edman Elected Chairman of the Flextech Alliance Board
(Nanowerk News) The FlexTech Alliance (formerly the U.S. Display Consortium), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics supply chain, today announced that Thomas T. Edman of Applied Materials, Inc. has been elected chairman of the Governing Board. The alliance also reports that it has appointed industry experts Janice Mahon of Universal Display Corp., Keith Cook of Philips and Charles Weidner of Cytec Industries Inc., to its board. Edman, who currently serves as corporate vice president & general manager of corporate business development at Applied Materials, replaces Dr. Michael McCreary of E Ink, who served as FlexTech’s chairman since 2007.
“The board is very excited about gaining Tom’s leadership ability and utilizing his impressive business background,” stated Dr. Malcolm Thompson, chairman emeritus of FlexTech and chairman & CEO of RPO, Inc. “Tom’s ability to capitalize on business opportunities and his commitment to multiple markets – such as displays and photovoltaics – makes him the ideal person to chair our governing board. A board member since 2004, Tom is the first FlexTech chairman from a supply chain company, which enables him to provide unique insights into our membership dynamics.”
“Mike McCreary deserves our industry’s gratitude for his dedication to the display and the emerging flexible electronics industries,” noted FlexTech President Michael Ciesinski. “Under his leadership, the organization’s R&MP;D scope was significantly broadened to include flexible and printed electronics.” Ciesinski added, “In addition to Tom’s appointment, I’m pleased to welcome Janice, Keith and Charlie to our board and look forward to their participation in accelerating our transition to new R∓D thrusts.”
In his role as FlexTech chairman, Edman is charged with overseeing FlexTech’s decisions on policy, program content and disposition of funds available to the consortium for sponsoring technology-related R&D projects. During his term, he will work with the governing board and all of FlexTech’s stakeholders to further the organization’s development in a manner that increases the consortium’s value.
“This is a unique opportunity for me to assist in enabling a newly emerging industry while simultaneously pushing the display industry forward,” said Edman. “I believe that FlexTech has the potential to help the industry coalesce and provide leadership on R&D and public policy fronts. Our goal is to provide substantial value to member companies and our federal partners,” he added.
About the New FlexTech Chairman and Governing Board Members
As Applied Materials’ Corporate Vice President & General Manager of Corporate Business Development, Tom Edman is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, venture investing and macroeconomic analysis. Prior to joining Applied Materials, Edman was president & CEO of Applied Films, a capital equipment company supplying the display, solar and architectural glass industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Yale University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business. Formerly, Edman served as chairman of the American Electronics Association.
Janice Mahon was appointed vice president of technology commercialization at Universal Display Corporation in January 1997 and became the general manager of the company's Materials Supply Business in January 2007. Mahon received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1979 and master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University in 1984.
Keith Cook is currently vice president of Technology Policy and Standards for Lighting at Philips. In this role, he works closely with various government agencies and industrial trade organizations developing regulations and standards for more efficient lighting. Besides actively participating on many NEMA lighting sections such as lamps, luminaires and solid state lighting, Cook is also chairman of the Next Generation Lighting Initiative Alliance.
Charles Weidner is marketing and business development manager for Cytec Industries Inc., a global specialty chemicals and materials company. The company develops, manufactures and sells value-added products into a diverse range of end markets including aerospace, adhesives, automotive and industrial coatings, chemical intermediates, electronics, inks, mining and plastics. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s growth initiatives in display and photovoltaic applications. Weidner holds bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, the latter from its Wharton School of Business.
About the FlexTech Alliance
The FlexTech Alliance is the only organization headquartered in North America exclusively devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success of the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain. Leveraging its rich history in promoting the display industry as the U.S. Display Consortium, the FlexTech Alliance offers expanded collaboration between and among industry, academia, government, and research organizations for advancing displays and flexible, printed electronics from R&D to commercialization. To this end, the FlexTech Alliance, based in San Jose, Calif., will help foster development of the supply chain required to support a world-class, manufacturing capability for displays and flexible, printed electronics.