Konarka Appoints Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
30-Year Technology Veteran of Eastman Kodak, Dr. James R. Buntaine Brings Decades of Global Technology Expertise and Product Commercialization Experience to Konarka
Lowell, Mass. – May 3, 2011 –Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in development and commercialization of Konarka Power Plastic®, a material that converts light to electricity, today announced the company has named Dr. James R. Buntaine as executive vice president and chief technology officer. Reporting directly to Howard Berke, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Konarka, Jim will lead the company's technology creation and product development team. He joins Konarka after more than 30 years of successful technical leadership at Eastman Kodak Company.
"Jim has developed broad and deep experience in leadership of applied research, advanced technology development, IP strategy and product commercialization in the fields of printing, coating, materials, devices and systems during his decades at Eastman Kodak," commented Howard Berke. "We are fortunate to have him apply his leadership skills, as well as his extensive experience in developing business-to-business relationships to produce joint technologies and successful products to further the deployment of Konarka's Power Plastic."
Jim joined Eastman Kodak in 1980 in the Solid State Chemistry Laboratory. After holding many leadership positions within Kodak, he moved to the Display and Components Business Unit as technology director in 2004 where he repurposed Kodak's coating machines for non-photographic applications. From 2007-2009, he served as CTO of Kodak's OLED Systems Business, ultimately leading to the OLED Business sale to the LG Group. Most recently, he was CTO of the Graphics Prepress and Packaging Business responsible for new technology creation, commercialization and external technology collaborations. He also developed an extensive IP portfolio while at Kodak.
From 2005-2009, Jim served on the Board of Directors for the FlexTech Alliance, an organization dedicated to the growth and profitability of the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics supply chain. He holds a bachelor's degree with double major in chemistry and mathematics at Clark University, a doctorate degree in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University, and is a program graduate of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.
"Konarka has been a technology leader in the organic photovoltaic market with their unique Power Plastic material and device technologies," commented Jim Buntaine. "I am eager to further the company's technology and product leadership positions over both the short- and long-term."
About Konarka Technologies, Inc.
Konarka Technologies develops and manufactures solar plastic films that convert light to electricity – anywhere. As the leading developer of polymer-based, organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology that provides a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors, Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical, scientific and manufacturing team. Manufactured at low cost and low energy consumption, the company's Konarka Power Plastic® technology is lightweight, flexible, scalable and adaptable for use in a variety of commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A. and has a full scale production manufacturing facility in New Bedford, Mass. U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nürnberg, Germany, business development offices in Asia and a research and development facility in Austria. For additional information, visit http://www.konarka.com.
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