Carpenter Technology Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, has appointed Dr David Graf to lead Carpenter Technology’s Specialty Alloys Operations (SAO) business segment as vice president and group president – SAO, effective July 1, 2021.
“David’s demonstrated leadership, strong business acumen and deep technical knowledge will play a pivotal role in ensuring SAO and Carpenter Technology continually deliver as the preferred solutions provider to our customers,” stated Tony R Thene, president and CEO.
Since joining the company in 2018 as Chief Technology Officer, Dr Graf has been instrumental in driving improvements in multiple disciplines. In this position, he increased the focus of the R&D organisation on strategic alignment with commercial targets, resulting in higher value, customer-driven R&D investments, as well as accelerated innovation. He also oversaw the company’s intellectual property portfolio and developed and executed a strategy to increase the quality and quantity of patent filings.
The company’s electrification centre of expertise at its Reading, Pennsylvania facility was launched in collaboration with Dr Graf and the commercial team, who hired talent and drove capital investments. Additionally, in 2020, Dr Graf assumed leadership of the Carpenter Additive business where he led activities to restructure, reorganise and streamline the business activities.
Prior to joining Carpenter Technology, Graf worked for WR Grace for eight years, where he served as Global R&D Director; as well as General Manager Americas and vice president of Marketing for the Specialty Catalysts division. Prior to that, he worked for The Dow Chemical Company for over a decade in a variety of R&D leadership roles.
Dr Graf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Michigan State University; his PhD is from the University of Minnesota. He also worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.