Charles S. Christ, Jr.
Chief Technology Officer
Charles S. Christ Jr., Ph.D., is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Development for Ergotron. He is building the future vision for Ergotron products and technology to improve the way people work and learn, enabling a healthier interaction between technology, people and the systems that link them together.
He received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Cedarville College in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989. He completed post-doctoral work at MIT in 1992 and joined Eastman Kodak Company in the Environmental Sciences section in the same year. His early work focused on many different aspects of photo-processing chemistry, including the use of photocatalysis, electrochemistry and unique silver recovery chemistry for purification of photo-processing solutions.
With a strong background in retail photo-finishing technology and development, he then moved into Ektacolor Photographic Paper and was responsible for developing strategy and maintaining intellectual property for the photographic output business. From there, he became the Director of Thermal Systems and Hardcopy Quality, where he spent several years developing thermal printers, paper and the colorant used to create digital photographs. He led thermal printing at Kodak through a revitalization yielding numerous new media and printer products and technologies supporting the professional, home printing and kiosk/retail markets.
After Kodak, he became the Global Director of Filtration Technology Development and Commercialization at Donaldson Company in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was responsible for fundamental filtration research, advanced development, new product development and current product engineering. A recent expansion now includes membrane development. His focus was developing new products and technologies in the areas of air, mist and liquid filtration, and identifying new markets and applications for filtration materials and technology.