NanoDynamics Announces New VP and General Manager plus Staff Promotions

NanoDynamics, Inc. announced today the hire of Gary Krall as V.P. and general manager.  With 25 years of experience working with intermediate material suppliers to industrial markets, including Owens Corning and Reichhold, Krall will oversee the transition of several of the company’s technologies from the research stage into commercialization.

Gary Krall as V.P. and general manager of NanoDynamics

“With general management experience in an appealing mix of established materials companies and early stage ventures, Gary brings much to the table as we move full-force into the commercialization stage,” said Keith Blakely, C.E.O. at NanoDynamics.  “His background in international business development will also greatly benefit our efforts to move products into global markets, including developing countries where they can offer much-needed energy, environment and infrastructure-related solutions.”

Krall will work closely with NanoDynamics’ research and development operations in Columbus, Ohio where significant work in water and gas filtration products, nanocement additives, advanced battery materials, and other emerging commercial product opportunities are underway.  He formerly served in a variety of leadership roles during his 18-year tenure at Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio, held titles including president, C.O.O., chairman and C.E.O. at Reichhold, Inc. in Research Triangle, N.C., and was C.O.O. at both BioSignia, Inc. in Durham, N.C. and NCSRT, Inc. in Apex, N.C.

NanoDynamics also announced the promotion of Robert Rusin to V.P. of marketing and sales.  Rusin joined the company in 2007 to ramp up the sales and product management staff and oversee marketing initiatives to support commercialized products.  His background includes 20 years at Greatbatch, Inc. in technical sales and marketing, technology commercialization and general management roles, as well as business development initiative oversight at Standard Oil of Ohio.  Rusin’s promotion to V.P. is concurrent to the addition of several sales and marketing staff members to support NanoDynamics’ product commercialization activities.

Lavera Johnson has been promoted to V.P. of human resources, having held the position of human resources director at the company since its formation in 2002.  

“It is both exciting and rewarding to see my role evolve in alignment with NanoDynamics’ growth,” said Johnson.  “I am also very fortunate to work with an executive team that recognizes the primary importance of human resource initiatives in successful company advancement.”

Johnson’s background includes human resource management roles at Brooklyn Hospital, Amalgamated Life Insurance, Advanced Refractory Technologies and the Children’s Television Workshop.

In addition, Eric Groat has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing.  Groat has five years experience at NanoDynamics in operational oversight of the company’s production of powdered metals and water filtration products.  His new role will include expanded responsibilities in the commercialization efforts for an increasing number of nanomaterials and engineered products.  Groat was previously responsible for manufacturing and engineering activities at Advanced Refractory Technologies, where he supervised production of nuclear ceramics, advanced ceramic powders and composite products.

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