||Irvine, CA — The Electronics Group of Henkel has tapped Kevin Becker, Ph.D. to lead its global Product Development and Engineering (PD&E) team. Becker replaces Dr. Michael Todd, who has held the position for the past seven years and has moved to Henkel headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany to head up the company's Adhesives Research group.
Throughout the last 14 years at Ablestik and Henkel, Becker has held numerous roles in R&D and business management and has enjoyed some significant professional achievements. He was instrumental in the development and commercial success of a printable, B-staged die attach paste material for memory packages which was a disruptive technology, essentially displacing traditional film with a lower-cost, equal performance material. He also played a key role in progressing Henkel's die attach film formulation project, taking the company from an unknown in the die attach film arena to a position of notable market share.
Becker holds a BS in Material Science and a BA in Chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his new role, Becker will be based in Irvine, California.