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 material research and development, intellectual property, and business. He is a strategic advisor for global corporations for Technology and Business. He serves on the Advisory Committee of OLED World Summit.
During his successful career at Eastman Kodak Company 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 the 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. The program blossomed into highly profitable OLED Material business. Prior to this he held a variety of executive leadership positions at Kodak, in photographic imaging materials area including Senior Research Laboratory Head for Imaging Materials, Chairman of the Corporate Chemistry Council to oversee the world-wide material chain from R&D to manufacturing along with support functions. He managed several collaborative programs with external companies and was a key member of IP committee.
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, and 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. These reagents have found thousands of applications in pharmaceuticals development.
His research interests include molecular design of novel materials for imaging, display, and organic electronics. He is actively involved in the management of technology, academic-industry interface, Globalization of Technology, and US-India Science-Technology interactions. Besides technology, his core areas of expertise include Leadership Development and Diversity, Organizational Development, Global multi-site R&D Management, and Talent Acquisition and Academic-Industry collaborations. He has attended Executive Development Programs at MIT Sloan School of Management.
He was a member of the Advisory Council for Purdue University and Key Executive for Kodak responsible for Purdue relations. He has over 50 research publications, over 25 US Patents, and is the recipient of several awards and recognition. In 2002, he was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Purdue University.