EWING, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED® technology and materials, today announced the addition of Richard C. Elias to the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Elias is a veteran of the chemical materials business, and he brings to Universal Display a successful track record of growing global businesses in executive leadership functions.
“We are pleased to welcome Rick to our Board of Directors and look forward to his contribution as we grow along with the expanding OLED display and lighting markets,” said Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Display. “Rick is a great fit for our organization, bringing decades of experience in growing successful, global businesses that will support our strategic planning and execution as we build shareholder value.”
Mr. Elias spent over 38 years with PPG Industries in various roles and retired on April 1, 2014. Having begun his career as a chemist with PPG in 1975, he developed the vision, strategic planning and execution to become one of the company's leaders. He most recently served as senior vice president, optical and specialty materials, of PPG Industries and CEO of the company’s owned joint venture Transitions Optical, Inc. He was responsible for building new revenue channels for PPG, managing a global team of over 1,200 employees. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University.
“I am delighted to join Universal Display’s board. UDC is an exciting company whose technology could truly transform industries,” said Mr. Elias. “I have had a front row seat to watch the company grow from a small research and development company to a global technology and materials player. I look forward to working with my fellow board members and company management to position Universal Display on its path as a leader in the burgeoning OLED market.”
Mr. Elias has also served on various boards of directors for other organizations. Mr. Elias currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of The University of Tampa and a member of its Educational Affairs Committee; as a member of the board of trustees of the International Council of the Tampa Bay Region; and on the national board of Prevent Blindness America. He was chairman of the Vision Council of America (VCA), a nonprofit trade association for optical industry suppliers that promotes the eyecare and eyewear industry, as well as a board member of Prevent Blindness Florida.
To see how Universal Display is changing the face of the display and lighting industries with its UniversalPHOLED®, white OLED, and flexible OLED technologies, please visit the company’s website at www.udcoled.com.
About Universal Display Corporation
Universal Display Corporation (Nasdaq: OLED) is a leader in developing and delivering state-of-the-art, organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies, materials and services to the display and lighting industries. Founded in 1994, the Company currently owns or has exclusive, co-exclusive or sole license rights with respect to more than 3,000 issued and pending patents worldwide. Universal Display licenses its proprietary technologies, including its breakthrough high-efficiency UniversalPHOLED® phosphorescent OLED technology, that can enable the development of low power and eco-friendly displays and white lighting. The Company also develops and offers high-quality, state-of-the-art UniversalPHOLED materials that are recognized as key ingredients in the fabrication of OLEDs with peak performance. In addition, Universal Display delivers innovative and customized solutions to its clients and partners through technology transfer, collaborative technology development and on-site training.
Based in Ewing, New Jersey, with international offices in Ireland, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan, Universal Display works and partners with a network of world-class organizations, including Princeton University, the University of Southern California, the University of Michigan, and PPG Industries, Inc. The Company has also established relationships with companies such as AU Optronics Corporation, DuPont Displays, Inc., Innolux Corporation, Kaneka Corporation, Konica Minolta Technology Center, Inc., LG Display Co., Ltd., Lumiotec, Inc., Pioneer Corporation, Samsung Display Co., Ltd., Sony Corporation, and Tohoku Pioneer Corporation. To learn more about Universal Display, please visit www.udcoled.com.
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