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Management

Mike Giardello

Dr. Michael A. GiardelloPresident, CEO, & CTO
  • Co-founded Materia in 1998
  • Over 15 years of business and technology leadership experience in the chemical industry
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and completed post-doctoral work under Professor Grubbs at Caltech
stephen-wrightStephen Wright - Chief Operating Officer

  • Joined Materia in 2012
  • Over 12 years of experience as CFO for AeroVironment, L3 PrimeWave Communications, Cellotape, Adicom Wireless and Globalstar L.P./IPO, M&A and operations experience
  • B.S. from California State, Northridge and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University

Mark Trimmer

Dr. Mark S. TrimmerExecutive Vice President & Senior Vice President, R&D
  • Joined Materia in 1999
  • Coauthored more than 25 U.S. patents and over 15 technical publications in the areas of catalysis and materials
  • B.S. with honors from Penn State and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech
todd-najeraTodd NajeraVice President, Strategy & Finance

  • Joined Materia in 2012
  • Over 16 years of international investment banking experience with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Bank, advising senior management on buy- and sell-side mergers & acquisitions and debt & equity financings
  • A.B. from Harvard University

John Kibler

Mr. John T. KiblerVice President, Business Development
  • Joined Materia in 2006
  • Helped commercially launch and later run the business development departments of a number of life science and alternative energy companies
  • B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson School of Management

Jean-Jacques Dupre

Mr. Jean-Jacques B. DupreDirector of Corp Development & Legal Affairs
  • Joined Materia in 2011
  • Experienced in corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and equity and debt financings, most recently at Goodwin Procter, Mayer Brown and Orrick
  • B.S. from the USC Marshall School of Business, an M.B.A. from LMU and a J.D. from Loyola Law School

Christopher Cruce

Mr. Christopher J. CruceVice President of Product Development
  • Co-founded Materia in 1998
  • Founded and managed a molded part design, manufacturing and distribution company serving the sporting goods industry
  • Extensive experience in product development and manufacturing

Richard Pederson

Dr. Richard L. PedersonVice President of R&D
  • Joined Materia in 2000
  • Inventor on 24 issued patents and has authored numerous technical papers and book chapters on the industrial application of metathesis
  • B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Texas A&M University

NIcholas Rodak

Dr. Nicholas J. RodakDirector of Chemical Manufacturing
  • Joined Materia in 2010
  • Over 12 years experience at Arkema, a large, diverse French multinational manufacturer of Specialty and Fine Chemicals and Materials
  • A.B. with Honors, M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from Cornell University