Our Leadership Team
Frank Graziano | CEO, Chairman of the Board
Frank Graziano brings over three decades of leadership skills and management experience to Chromis as an:
- business builder
- operating executive
- deal maker
- technology commercialization expert
Frank began his career as an investment banker, helping to build project finance, derivatives, structured finance, and technology/media/telecommunications strategic advisory practices at Bank of America and Nikko Securities. As a deal maker and operating executive for merchant banking firm Recca & Company, he acquired, restructured, and turned around portfolio companies. Frank assisted with the IPO of Mail.com and served as its Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development, completing over a dozen global acquisitions and strategic investments as the company grew revenues from $1 million to $120 million in two years. He then served as Chief Marketing Officer for its successor, cloud services company EasyLink Services (now part of OpenText). He was subsequently recruited by the founder and CEO of Comodo (acquired by Francisco Partners), joining the world’s largest digital certificate authority as its Chief Revenue Officer.
Frank joined the team at Chromis Technologies after becoming familiar with the company and its founding scientists while he was a member of Golden Seeds, one of the largest angel investing organizations in the U.S.
He is a Reviewer for the Rutgers University TechAdvance® technology commercialization fund, a mentor for TechLaunch® and World Accelerator, and a career coach for the Oregon MESA – LSAMP program at Portland State University.
Frank has an MBA (Finance) from Columbia Business School and a BS (Chemistry/Business), summa cum laude, from the University of Scranton.
Whitney White, Ph.D. | Founder, Board Member, President & CTO
Dr. Whitney White has more than 25 years of experience researching and developing amorphous fluoropolymers and polymer optical fiber (POF).
Prior to founding Chromis Technologies, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories and OFS Laboratories, where he was the principal inventor of the fluid-pressure extrusion method of manufacturing POF. He also studied the fundamental aspects of POF transmission properties and intrinsic optical properties of fluorinated optical polymers. At Chromis, Whitney leads an R&D team that has developed numerous novel amorphous fluoropolymers for applications in optics, gas separations, and semiconductors.
Whitney is the author or co-author of 8 technical articles on POF, as well as 37 other articles on fundamental aspects of polymer physics and low-temperature physics. He is an author or co-author on numerous patents in the fields of amorphous fluoropolymers and POF.
Whitney earned his Ph.D. (Applied Physics) and M.S. (Electrical Engineering) degrees from Stanford University. He is a summa cum laude graduate in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Miri Park, Ph.D. | Founder, Board Member, COO
Dr. Miri Park has more than 25 years of leadership, management, operations, and technology development experience in:
- plastic optical fiber manufacturing
- cable assembly operations
- product design verification
- quality control
- optical testing
- materials characterization
Before founding Chromis, Miri was responsible at OFS Laboratories for the construction and operation of the plastic optical fiber measurement facility, including test apparatus design and product databases. At Agere Systems and Lucent Technology, Miri led production yield optimization and process development teams for optoelectronic communication products such as photo detectors and lasers. She also managed design, control and verification activities to support the launch of new photo-detector products. At the Physics Department and Material Institute of Princeton University, she developed novel nano-fabrication technology using self-assembly patterns of block-copolymers.
Miri has authored and co-authored numerous technical publications on plastic optical fiber and laser communication devices, block co-polymers, nanotechnology, device processing, and low-temperature physics.
She received her Ph.D. (Experimental Applied Physics), M.S. (Applied and Engineering Physics), and B.S. (Applied and Engineering Physics) degrees from Cornell University.
Chris Junk, Ph.D. | Chief Science Officer
Dr. Chris Junk is an expert in fluorine chemistry with over 25 years of experience making and characterizing both small molecules and polymers. His research has also focused on materials science and tribology.
Prior to Chromis, he spent over 15 years at DuPont as a research chemist, working on a variety of fluorinated materials and related research topics.
Chris has co-authored 25 technical papers and is an inventor on more than 30 U.S. patents. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Material Science & Engineering department at Lehigh University, and was the 2015 Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Fluorine Chemistry. He is a Founding Member of the Science, Technology and Research Institute of Delaware (STRIDE). In 2016, Chris founded CJIdeas, LLC, a consulting company that provides analytical and laboratory synthesis contract services.
Chris received his Ph.D. degree (Chemistry) from Dartmouth College and his B.S. degree (Chemistry) from St. Norbert College.