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
Chris joined Materia in February 2018 from SABIC where he served as Americas Director in the automotive business and Global Business Director for specialty blends and compounds, driving impressive business growth. During his service at E.I. Dupont De Nemours, Inc., he served in positions of increasing responsibility including automotive marketing manager, regional sales and marketing director and global initiatives director. In his most recent DuPont assignment, Chris led the transition for multiple divestitures of large, complex global businesses and the negotiations and implementation that maximized divestiture value.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He completed research in polymer science and served as president of the Society of Plastics Engineers. Chris also completed the leadership program at Tuck and Wharton Business School and is a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott joined Materia in May 2017 and brings over 25 years of diverse finance experience in a number of industries and countries. Scott’s career has included managing finance functions in both mature and emerging markets and he has helped deliver growth in difficult economic environments. Prior to joining Materia, Scott worked at several Fortune 500 companies including Colgate-Palmolive, Thomson Reuters, AT&T Wireless and British Petroleum.
Scott is a graduate of Chapman University with an MBA and California State Fullerton with a B.A. in Accounting.
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, Sales & Business Development
Cliff Post joined Materia in 2015. Cliff is responsible for the Company’s sales and business development activities and oversees Materia’s focus on customer relationships and market channel partnerships. He also oversees process technology and the Company’s resin production activities. Cliff 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 over 100 new products during this period, including a self-sealing, composite fuel tank product line which won the corporate Presidential Award for technology innovation.
Dr. Richard L. Pederson
Vice President, Research & Development
Dick Pederson joined Materia in 2000. Dick is responsible for developing economical metathesis-based processes, including processes addressing surfactants, bio-rational agricultural products, high renewable content products, and polyamide opportunities. Dick received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1990, from Professor Chi-Huey Wong.
Prior to Materia, Dick started TillieChem Inc., to use ruthenium olefin metathesis to produce insect pheromones for the bio-rational pest control market. He sold TillieChem’s insect pheromone intellectual property to Materia in 2000. Previously, he joined Bend Research, where in 1997, he and Professor Robert H. Grubbs, patented the synthesis of insect pheromones using ruthenium metathesis.
Dick is an inventor of the alkenolysis technology used in Elevance’s biorefinery plants in Indonesia, United States, and Malaysia. Dick has spent the last twenty four years in entrepreneurial-minded technology companies; the last 18 years using olefin metathesis. He is an inventor on 25 issued patents and the author of 3 book chapters on the commercialization of ruthenium olefin metathesis processes.
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.
Director, Corporate Development & Legal Affairs
Jay Dupre joined Materia in 2011 as the Company’s Director of Corporate Development & Legal Affairs. Jay received his BS from the University of Southern California in 1995 and his JD and MBA from Loyola Law School and Loyola Marymount University, respectively, in 1999.
Prior to Materia, Jay worked in private practice for 12 years at the law firms Goodwin Procter, Mayer Brown, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, assisting corporate clients with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, equity and debt financings, securities, corporate governance, and business transactions.
Senior Generalist, Human Resources
Nikki Gatobu joined Materia in June 2017 as a Senior Human Resources Generalist and brings almost 20 years of experience as a practitioner to Materia.
Prior to joining Materia, Nikki made significant contributions in her diverse Human Resource roles at Sansum Clinic, ALS Oil & Gas, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Harsco Corporation. Nikki is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a B.B.A in Business Administration and Management.
Executive Assistant to the President
Jeannie joined Materia in 2014 as the Executive Assistant to Materia’s first president and chief executive officer.
Prior to joining Materia Jeannie was an executive assistant at McKinsey & Company. During her tenure she supported partners working in Lean Service Operations, Pharmaceuticals, and Media and Entertainment practices. Jeannie also worked at Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers and was registered with the National Association of Securities Dealers. Jeannie is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University at Pomona with a B.A. in History.