The latest company news on solid state cooling and refrigeration innovations from Phononic.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Atti has led the development and growth of Phononic since its inception in 2008.
As the global leader in solid state cooling technology, Phononic is driving the world to a more sustainable way to cool. Its transformational technology reduces greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions and supports climate goals, while meeting the demanding performance needs of the market. The company’s thermoelectric devices and integrated products are mission critical to how people work and communicate; automobiles ‘see’; the protection and effective delivery of life-saving vaccines and drugs; last mile solutions supporting e-commerce; and innovative methods to cool living and work spaces.
Phononic has received coverage in major publications including The Economist, Fast Company and Forbes, and Dr. Atti has been featured as a guest on national broadcast outlets, including CNBC. Atti earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California. He also holds an MBA from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Ithaca College.
Jeff Yardley is an accomplished finance executive with a proven track record of scaling technology businesses for rapid growth. Jeff joined Phononic from Cree, Inc. a global, publicly-traded technology company. At Cree, Jeff had leadership roles within corporate finance and as the finance lead for two high growth business units that grew over 4x during his tenure. He was part of leadership teams that grew and scaled these businesses including strategic development, M&A activity, and a potential IPO. He is known for driving results, streamlining processes, and developing high-performing teams.
Prior to Cree, Jeff held financial leadership roles at Stock Building Supply and TEKELEC, both publicly traded companies. He began his career in public accounting at both KPMG and Ernst & Young serving on audits of various public and private companies in a variety of industries.
Jeff attended Appalachian State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, Certified Management Accounting, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and children.
Jason Ruppert, a native of New Orleans, holds B.S. degrees in both Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.S. in Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University. Jason has held executive leadership positions in R&D, Operations, Engineering, and IT for both large and small-cap Hi-Tech/Semiconductor companies (Nortel, Ciena, Harmonic, OCZ Storage Solutions, and Toshiba, Nanotron).
His focus has been working in highly accelerated growth companies and turn-around companies/organizations with emphasis on New Product Introduction, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Operations, Quality & Reliability systems, and Information Technology.
Larry has spent his 30+ year career building products and platforms that connect people and businesses to groundbreaking new applications, services and content. As the former VP of Product at Fitbit (recently acquired by Google), Larry was responsible for Fitbit’s full $1B + product portfolio of wearable hardware and software. There, Larry and his team drove nine product launches that led to massive global awareness and first-of-a-kind health and fitness experiences.
Prior to Fitbit, Larry spent nine years at Google in senior product roles leading connected TV platforms, gigabit-speed internet and TV services, augmented reality smart phones, and mobile app payments. Prior to Google, he built microprocessors, set-top devices and game consoles, and video conferencing products at Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Cisco Systems, respectively.
Kevin Granucci is the Chief Revenue Officer responsible for the growth of
Phononic’s solid state cooling and heating solutions sold across multiple industries. An innovative sales leader with over 25 years of experience, Kevin is recognized for his ability to drive revenue growth year over year, and for skill at building high-functioning global sales teams as well as global manufacturing networks of reps and distributors. Prior to his current role, Kevin was Phononic’s VP and GM of Optoelectronic Sales where he successfully grew revenue every consecutive quarter for four years.
Throughout his career, Kevin has held various positions in Sales, Planning/Operations and Product Marketing for companies serving the optical component and optical transceiver space, including Hitachi
Semiconductor (now Renesas), Opnext and Oclaro (now Lumentum) with
the last four years at Oclaro spent stationed in Tokyo, Japan driving
Strategy and Product Marketing for their Optical Connectivity Group.
Based in San Jose, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the
University of California at Davis.
Jason is a seasoned global executive with demonstrated expertise directing human resources for high growth expansion stage to Fortune 100 companies across numerous industries. Recognized for his leadership skills as well as strong tactical execution, he guides executive teams and boards of directors in transformational organizational strategy.
At Phononic, Jason is responsible for defining strategy across the critical Human Resources function and driving breakthrough performance, ensuring Phononic’s continued global leadership in solid state cooling and heating technology.
Committed to diversity across organizations, Jason has served on the Board of Directors of WEBD (Working to Educate Build and Develop), supporting HBCU’s throughout North Carolina, as well as on the Board of The Triangle Chief Human Resources Officer Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
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Dec 01, 2022
Phononic Featured in The Shelby Report
The Shelby Report, a leading publication that delivers supermarket, grocery news, and insights, recently featured Phononic in an article. The article details excerpts from Phononic’s “The State of Online Grocery Shopping 2022: This Holiday & Beyond. From the Article: Phononic’s “The State of Online Grocery Shopping 2022: This Holiday & Beyond,” conducted by Regina Corso […]
Nov 21, 2022
Press Release: Phononic Surveys The State of Online Grocery Shopping 2022
Phononic Surveys The State of Online Grocery Shopping 2022: This Holiday & Beyond New data from the cooling technology leader reveals how U.S. consumers and retailers are approaching online and in-store grocery shopping this holiday season and beyond DURHAM, NC (November 21, 2022) – Phononic, a global leader in sustainable cooling technology, today announced […]
Nov 15, 2022
Phononic featured with Vidir in Grocery Dive
Phononic was recently featured in the Grocery Dive article, Could vertical storage make online grocery fulfillment more efficient?. The article focused on how automated vertical storage systems are seeing increasing interest from food retailers drawn to their ability to store and retrieve items using minimal floor space. The piece highlighted the work of Phononic and […]
Oct 24, 2022
Phononic Wins Progressive Grocer Impact Award 2022
Phononic was recently named a recipient of the Progressive Grocer Impact Awards for 2022 under the Sustainability/Resource Conservation category. About the awards: “The Impact Awards honor exceptionalism in such key areas as Community Service/Local Impact; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Educational Support/Learning Advancement; Ethical Sourcing/Supply Chain Transparency; Food Security/Nutritional Leadership; Sustainability/Resource Conservation; and Workforce Development/Employee […]
Bringing 5G to the world
With innovative thermoelectric technology platforms created expressly for the unique needs of optical communications applications, Phononic leads the industry in TECS for 5G applications.
Ensuring highest-level technology for the future of transport
Delivering highest-level performance, reliability, precision and design, Phononic TECs ensure that the exacting requirements for today’s high-profile automotive LiDAR applications are met — every time.
Driving solid state sustainability for our licensing partners
The world’s cleanest refrigerant. The most sustainable cooling and heating technology on the planet.
Reinventing cooling technology for an exploding segment
Phononic’s actively cooled refrigerated and frozen containers provide simple, scalable and sustainable cooling technology for curbside and last mile delivery.
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