Dr. Sundaram (Kris) Krishnamurthy is a Globally recognized Scientist and Executive, with extensive experience in the Management of Technology and Business. He has over 30 years of experience in leading diverse technical organizations to deliver in research, commercialization, intellectual property, and business.
During his successful career at Eastman Kodak for over 30 years, Krishnamurthy led organizations that consistently delivered highly innovative and successful products and was responsible for several hundreds of granted US Patents. In his most recent role before retirement, he served as the Director of R&D for OLED Materials, where he was responsible for starting an active OLED material R&D program from the ground, integrating research, commercialization and intellectual property, which blossomed into highly profitable OLED Material Business. Prior to this, he held a variety of Executive Leadership positions at Kodak, in Photographic Imaging Material area including Senior Research Laboratory Head for Imaging Materials, Chairman of the Corporate Chemistry Council, to oversee the whole material chain from R&D to manufacturing along with support functions, and talent acquisition. In these roles, he was responsible for R&D, commercialization, Joint development Programs with other Global corporations, and IP strategy.
Dr.Krishnamurthy received his Ph.D. degree in organic and organometallic chemistry from Purdue University working with Distinguished Professor Herbert C. Brown. The following years were spent as Postdoctoral Assistant to Professor Brown, helping him direct a large group of 30+ research scientists. Dr. Krishnamurthy’s research work led to the discovery of Super Hydrides, Selectrides, Super Selectrides, and chiral boranes…enzyme-like selective reagents, leading to Professor Brown’s Nobel Prize in 1979. He accompanied Professor Brown for Nobel Ceremonies at Stockholm, Sweden. These reagents have found thousands of applications in pharmaceuticals development and organic electronics.
He joined Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories in 1979 as Research Scientist. Several of his chemical discoveries have been incorporated in a variety of key Eastman Kodak products (Color Paper, Color Negative Film, Eastman Color Print Film). His research interests include molecular design and synthesis of novel materials for Imaging, Display, and Organic Electronics. He is actively involved in the Management of Technology and R&D Globalization. Besides technology, his core areas of expertise include Leadership Development and Diversity, Organizational Development, multi-site R&D Management, and Talent Acquisition. He has attended Executive Development programs at MIT Sloan School of Management and Center for Creative Leadership, North Carolina.
He was a member of the Advisory Council for Purdue University. He has over 50 research publications, over 25 US Patents, delivered numerous invited and plenary lectures and is the recipient of several awards, honors, and recognition. He was inducted into Distinguished Inventors Gallery at Kodak for his IP accomplishments. In 2002, he was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University.
He currently serves as Executive Advisor, Technology and Business.