Former GE Executive, Former Raychem CEO & Former President, Tyco Ventures
Richard A. Kashnow served as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of Raychem, a publicly-traded, $1.8 billion technology company specializing in electronic components and engineered materials. After Raychem was acquired by Tyco International in 1999, Dr. Kashnow established and became president of Tyco Ventures, the company’s venture capital arm. Before Raychem, Dr. Kashnow held executive positions with Manville Corporation, where he became president of its $1 billion building products and engineered materials subsidiary, Schuller Corporation.
Dr. Kashnow has served on the boards of several public companies, including for nine years on the board of Ariba, Inc., where he was on the audit committee and compensation committee, until it was acquired by SAP, and Komag Inc., where he was chairman and on the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee until it was acquired by Western Digital Corp.
Dr. Kashnow began his business career as a physicist at General Electric's corporate R&D center. During his seventeen years at GE, he held technical and general management positions, including corporate technology consultant, manager of GE Aerospace's electronics laboratory, and general manager of GE Lighting's quartz and chemical products business. Dr. Kashnow earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1963) and a Ph.D. in solid-state physics from Tufts University. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army (1968-1970).
Dr. Kashnow joined the EFI board in April 2008, and he currently serves on the board’s audit committee and its nominating and governance committee.