Founder, ATMI, Inc., Director of Clean Harbors
Environmental (CLH), and Cognex Corporation (CGNX)
Gene Banucci founded ATMI, Inc. and served as CEO and/or Chairman/Director from 1986 to 2014. He, along with the founding team of scientists, had a vision of creating a preeminent semiconductor materials company. The company went public in 1993 with only $7 million in revenues, and grew to over $400 million annual revenues due to an aggressive technology development and M&A strategy. In mid-2014, the Company was acquired by Entegris Corporation for approximately $1.2B.
Prior to starting ATMI, Gene served as Vice President for American Cyanamid’s Chemical Research Division, where he directed more than 900 scientists and engineers in new product research and development for this $1.4 billion unit. Previously, he was with General Electric Company for over 10 years in a variety of management positions at the Corporate R&D Center and GE Plastics. He was a key contributor to the invention of Ultem® thermoplastics, which is now a major product for the successor to GE Plastics.
Gene believes strongly in promoting technology and education and has served as a member of the Board of the Program on Innovation and Technology of the National Academy of Sciences, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Beloit College. Since stepping down as CEO of ATMI in 2005, he has served as a Director of over a dozen organizations, primarily leading edge technology corporations. Presently he is Lead Director of Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH), a $3B environmental services company. He is also a Director and Governance Chair for Cognex Corporation (Nasdaq: CGNX), a supplier of machine visions tools. Dr. Banucci also serves as President of the Banucci Family Foundation. He received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Wayne State University, and his BA in Chemistry from Beloit College. Gene holds 22 issued U.S. patents and is the author of numerous published articles. Gene was awarded the Connecticut Medal of Technology in October of 2006 and was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Sciences in 2007. Gene and his wife Phyllis have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. They reside in Scottsdale, AZ.