Materia is led by a focused, value-driven management team with strong backgrounds in science, applied R&D, product development, finance, and business development.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cliff joined Materia in 2015 as VP, Commercial & Business Development. In the past 6 years, he was responsible for Materia’s sales, business and applications development activities, customer relationships and market channel partnerships. Cliff also managed Materia’s process technology and resin production activities. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an Executive MBA Short Course with TOTAL, SA. He holds 5 patents and has 7 journal publications.
Prior to Materia, Cliff held positions as VP of Operations, Director of R&D at Praxair and General Manager of Rodgard, a polymer solutions and composites division of TOTAL, SA. Over a 10 year span, he led sales growth by a multiple of 40X to over $100 million as a result of strong focus on innovation and new product development. Rodgard developed several new products during this period, including a self-sealing, composite fuel tank product line which won the corporate Presidential Award for technology innovation.
Christopher J. Cruce
Vice President, Commercial Technology
Chris Cruce is a co-founder of Materia and is responsible for developing new products and formulations based on Materia’s Proxima® resin technology.
Prior to joining Materia, Chris founded a company which designs, manufactures, and markets injection molded products. He has extensive experience in the fields of product development, mold design and holds several design and utility patents for novel injection molded parts.
Vice President, Operations
Neal brings to Materia over 25 years of experience in chemical process and manufacturing operations within the specialty chemicals and polymers industries. Neal has expertise in reaction chemistry, distillation and polymers where he held positions in technical and operations management roles. During his career, Neal has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead manufacturing sites to improved operating performance. Neal is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Chemistry.
Nicole M. Powe
Nicole M. Powe joined Materia in October 2018 as the Company’s General Counsel. Prior to joining Materia, Ms. Powe served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Rentech, Inc., a publicly traded company in the wood processing industry. While at Rentech, Ms. Powe was involved with numerous public and private financings and acquisition transactions, including the initial public offering and merger of Rentech’s subsidiary Rentech Nitrogen Partners, L.P., a publicly traded nitrogen fertilizer manufacturer that was divested in 2016. Prior to joining Rentech, Ms. Powe practiced in the business and finance group of Hogan Lovells, and acted as Legal Advisor and Vice President, Wholesale Bank in the New York Branch of Standard Charted Bank, an international banking group headquartered in London. Prior to Standard Chartered Bank, Ms. Powe practiced in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Banking and Institutional Investing groups in the New York office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP.
Ms. Powe received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School receiving a Juris Doctor degree in 1999.