Rochester OLED solutions company Orthogonal Inc. has named David Fyfe as chief executive. Co-founder John DeFranco will move into the executive vice president and chief technology officer role.
Fyfe brings more than three decades of experience to the position. From 2000 to 2010, he served as chairman and CEO of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. CDT developed soluble and printable organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) based on a discovery at Cambridge University, Fyfe’s alma mater. He took the company from a lab-based spinoff to NASDAQ flotation and subsequent $285 million trade sale.
Fyfe most recently was chairman of Oxford Photovoltaics, a spin-out from the University of Oxford that works in the solar cell technology sphere.
“David is a real heavyweight in the OLED industry, and we are truly excited to be under his leadership,” DeFranco said in a statement Wednesday. “He brings a breadth of knowledge and skill-set from over 30 years as CEO, to enable Orthogonal to move to the next level.”
Orthogonal officials said DeFranco’s appointment will allow him to focus his efforts on taking the technology to commercialization while supporting the needs of key customers in technology evaluation and adoption.