Gregg A. Zank
Dr. Zank joined the Dow Corning Corporation after earning his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1985. He later completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2002. Through his years of industrial experience, he has shown a strong track record of scientific excellence. Dr. Zank is a recognized leader in the scientific community and a pioneer in technological development. He holds 45 patents for innovations including advanced monolithic and composite ceramics, photonic materials, rechargeable batteries and high-temperature thermosetting plastics. During his tenure at Dow Corning, Dr. Zank has significantly impacted Dow Corning’s innovation efforts. While serving as director of Science and Technology, Dr. Zank established a unified approach to advancing and managing innovation for maximum future growth. This has included the establishment of a corporate Innovation Board and an internal Business and Technology Incubator, a unique format used to drive innovation for the company. He was named Chief Technology Officer in 2004 and senior vice president in 2009. In 2007, Dr. Zank was named the Charles D. Hurd lecturer at Northwestern University. In 2009, Dr. Zank received the Earle B. Barnes Award from the American Chemical Society for scientific leadership, invention, staff development and business impact. In 2011, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry.