Board of Directors

IRI is governed by an elected Board of Directors, operating under a Constitution and By-Laws formulated by the membership. The Board consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, immediate Past Chairman, and 12 other directors. Each member of the Board is elected to a three-year term and is not eligible for two consecutive terms. When a person is elected Vice Chairman, that person automatically becomes Chairman the following year. Two candidates for Vice Chairman and for each opening on the Board are presented to the membership by a Nominating Committee in an annual election.

 John Reid

John F. Reid

Director, Enterprise Product & Technology Innovation
Deere & Company

As Director, Product Technology and Innovation, Reid is responsible for John Deere’s Global Technology Innovation Network. John Deere’s network of technology innovation centers in Europe, India, China, Latin America, and North America leverage internal and external R&D linkages to accelerate contributions of technology innovation to business growth. Reid and Advanced Marketing colleagues jointly orchestrate an Accelerated Innovation Process and Enterprise Technology Process to coordinate the delivery of technology innovations to the marketplace and to build capabilities to support future business growth ambitions.

In previous roles, Reid was the Technology Team Leader for John Deere’s Enterprise Technology Strategy in automated and unmanned vehicle systems including robotics and automation. Reid came to Deere and Company in January 2001 after a 14-year career at the University of Illinois where he was recognized internationally for his contributions in automation and control for off-road equipment. Reid’s expertise includes machine vision perception, controls, and hardware-in-the-loop design. Previously, Reid served as a consultant to agricultural and military industries in their effort to deploy advanced technologies into precision agriculture and systems automation. At the University, Reid was research director and chairman for 6 completed M.S. degrees and 15 completed Ph.D. students. Reid’s awards have included the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowship (1998), the University of Illinois University Scholar Recipient (95-97) and the Karl Gardner Advising Award (1997). Reid has received 24 patents and has published more than 186 papers, including 61 refereed journal articles.



Vice Chair
Joseph R. Fox
Director, Emerging & External Technologies
Ashland, Inc.
Joe Fox is the Director of Emerging & External Technologies for Ashland, a global diversified specialty chemical company. He is a key member of the Global Business Development group that supports Ashland’s Composites business unit, a leading supplier of thermosetting resins for polymer composite applications.

Joe is responsible for identifying significant growth opportunities for Ashland’s composite resins’ business by finding new applications for composites and by developing partnerships throughout the value chain. He is the focal point for Composites’ open innovation initiatives and for identifying technology at other companies, universities and federal laboratories that can impact Ashland.

Joe served on the IRI board from 2014-17 and will begin another term in 2018. He has served on the board of Polymer Ohio and the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center. He also serves as director of the Miracle League of Central Ohio, a baseball league for special needs children. 
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. Louis A. Gritzo

Vice President & Manager of Research
FM Global

Dr. Louis Gritzo is VP of Research at FM Global, an industrial and commercial property insurance company whose clients include 1/3 of the FORTUNE 1000. His responsibilities include management of FM Global’s $125-million, 1,600 acre, Research Campus for physical property loss prevention research in Rhode Island, and three Research Directorates (Fire and Explosions, Structures and Natural Hazards, and Risk and Reliability) at the Center for Property Risk Solutions in Massachusetts. Gritzo has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, with a minor in applied mathematics, from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining FM Global in 2006, Gritzo was a manager at Sandia National Laboratories. Lou currently serves on the Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model, on Advisory Committees for several universities, and on the Editorial Board of several technical journals Gritzo also serves as an FM Global corporate spokesperson, including recent interviews in Fast Company, Bloomberg Business, and The Wall Street Journal.


Lee Ann Cochran
Vice President Sales and Marketing

Ms. Cochran received her BS in Materials Science & Engineering from The Ohio State University and has led numerous teams in Research & Development, Quality, Manufacturing and Sales.  Currently, Lee Ann leads Sales and Marketing at PRADCO where she is creating a strategic vision which will take the organization to the next phase in its growth. Prior to PRADCO Lee Ann spent 15 years in the Defense and Aerospace industry and was a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM.  Lee Ann was named the youngest VP at Battelle in their 80-year history.  She has negotiated mission-critical licensing agreements within complex environments and with international partners, engaging in licensing and/or new business transactions in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, and Japan.  Ms. Cochran has been recognized as 2017 Smart Business Progressive Woman, named as one of the 2014 Women You Should Know by Women for Economic and Leadership Development, and acknowledged by Battelle as a Women’s History Month Honoree for bringing forward ideas to drive change and shape the future.



Secretary Treasurer
Dr. Martha Gardner
Chief Scientist and Global Quality Leader
General Electric Company
Dr. Martha Gardner is the Chief Scientist for Statistics, Quality, and Innovation Methods and the Global Quality Leader for General Electric Global Research.  In her current role she helps teams develop new conceptual designs for products and manufacturing processes, and then makes them robust, reliable, and serviceable through the use of modeling and analytics.  She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University and B.S./M.S. from the University of Alabama. Dr. Gardner has been involved with IRI since she joined GE’s Advanced Technology Organization almost 10 years ago.   Early on she was engaged in the IRI Six Sigma Conferences, and hosted this at her site one year.  More recently she has been involved in different ROR projects, as well as engaging the next generation of GE participants in IRI activities.

Stephen P. Johnson
Director, Research & Development
The Timken Company

Johnson leads a team that is responsible for providing enabling technologies and cost-effective support to Timken’s business units. Through focusing on market alignment and capabilities in core competencies, Johnson and his team identify and propose new technologies that offer value-added opportunities for the company. He previously served in several technology-related director level roles and began his career specializing in precision machine tool metrology and ultra-high speed grinding systems. An active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Johnson has spoken at conferences on subjects ranging from ultra-high speed grinding to aerospace mechanical systems technologies. He is also member of the board of directors of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and also the board of editors of IRI’s Research-Technology Management journal as well as the advisory board of the Materials and Manufacturing Center at Pennsylvania State University. Active in the community, he is a member of the board of trustees of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in manufacturing systems and a doctorate in advanced grinding technology, both from Coventry University in the United Kingdom.
Judy Mondello
Vice President, Research & Development
J.M. Smucker Company
Judy Mondello has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Walsh University.  She is currently the Vice President of Research & Development for the J.M.Smucker Company and has 27 years of experience in the Food Industry.
She joined IRI in 2012 and one of her first interactions was attending the SIL course at Kellogg’s Business School at Northwestern University. She is a regular attendee at the Annual Conferences and participates in several networking groups, particularly the Innovation Leaders Network.
Spencer Pugh
Vice President, Research and Development
Michelman, Inc.
Spencer Pugh leads the corporate R&D organization at Michelman, encompassing New Technology, R&D Systems, Regulatory Affairs, and Intellectual Property (2016-present).  Prior to Michelman, Spencer was at Battelle where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Energy and Environment Business Unit (2005-2015).  Before Battelle, Spencer was a Senior Laboratory Head in R&D at Eastman Kodak.
Pugh graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Physics, going on to earning a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. Pugh has been involved with IRI since 2007 and from 2013 to 2015 served on the Board of Directors. Since stepping down from the Board previously, he has been active on the Program Committee. Pugh is happy to be nominated to serve on the board again.
Craig Robertson
Vice President, Research & Development
National Gypsum Company
Craig joined National Gypsum in 1985 and has served as vice president, Research and Development since 2009 and is responsible for technology and new product development along with the company’s testing center in Buffalo, New York. He also has direct responsibility for the Cement Board Business Unit. He began his career as a Territory Manager in Shreveport, LA and later in Dallas and Houston, TX. In 1993, Craig became a National Accounts Zone Manager in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Charlotte in 1996 as the Gypsum Product Manager. In 1999, he joined the Cement Board business as the Market Manager and was promoted to the General Manager in 2004.
Craig currently serves on the board of directors of the Gypsum Association and was Chair last year. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of a joint venture in Mexico. Craig graduated from University of Louisiana-Monroe with a B.S. in Construction and earned an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Timothy Swales
Vice President, Research & Development, and CSO
Johns Manville
For ten years Tim Swales has been responsible for R&D across all of JM’s businesses, the company’s sustainability strategy and driving innovation across the company. He joined Johns Manville in 2001 as Director of Innovation. In 2002, he became Director of Innovation & Commercialization for the Engineered Products Group. He became VP of R&D in 2007. Prior to joining JM, Swales spent more than 17 years at 3M and the 3M spin-off Imation. Swales earned a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Manchester, England.

Swales has been an active participant in IRI since joining JM and has used this participation to enable him to craft a successful innovation approach for JM. He has all participated in all the most recent CTO Forums , hosting the 2017 Forum at JM in Colorado.