Lawrence Ganti named new Fortify CEO

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Fortify, a comprehensive materials science and additive manufacturing company, has named Lawrence Ganti as the company’s CEO, succeeding co-founder Josh Martin, who will take on a new role as chief product officer.

“Fortify has spent the past several years building our technology and cultivating key strategic partnerships. Leading the Fortify team to where they are today has been a great journey. We are moving from the initial market introduction phase of the product to commercial scale, and I, along with my co-founders and the board, felt it was the right time to call on outside expertise to help Fortify take it to the next level,” said Josh Martin.

To his new role as CEO of Fortify, Lawrence Ganti brings more than 25 years of experience leading global businesses, scaling start-ups and executing new business models. Most recently, Ganti was President of SiO2 Materials Science, where he led commercialization efforts and increased the company’s customer base 10x and manufacturing footprint 4x. As part of the US government’s response to Operation Warp Speed ​​Covid-19, Ganti has secured over $250 million in advanced manufacturing grants onshore. Prior to SiO2, Ganti was CEO of Innoplexus Holdings, a provider of Data as a Service and Software as a Service solutions. Ganti has spent most of his career at chemical and pharmaceutical giant Merck, leading various business units and national organizations. His last role at Merck was as CEO for Latin America, where he led the scaling and growth of a billion dollar company.

Laurent Ganti

“The Fortify team has built a formidable technology portfolio that is changing the paradigm for high-value manufacturing. The Digital Composite Manufacturing platform is a game-changer for 3D-printed parts for high-resolution custom microstructures,” said Lawrence Ganti. “It is an honor to lead such a smart group of pioneers who have invented a technology stack that can make the impossible – possible by using advanced materials science coupled with geometry to enable the development and commercialization high-value, high-performance parts using additive manufacturing. ”

“I look forward to fostering alignment between our growing product portfolio and our customers’ strategic applications. Having Lawrence on board is going to be a huge catalyst for Fortify’s next phase of growth,” said Josh Martin, who has led Fortify as CEO since the company’s inception.

“Lawrence will bring a fresh perspective to Fortify. He has led rapid business and operational expansion into various industries such as SaaS, biotech and manufacturing. Most notably with his latest role at SiO2, leading hardware scale integrated, advanced software and materials for end-use manufacturing applications,” said Bobby Yazdani, Managing Partner and Founder of Cota Capital – an investor in Fortify.

“Accel has invested not only in the technology, but also in the team behind Fortify. I am delighted to see the partnership between Lawrence and the Fortify team, particularly with Josh, as they position the company for business expansion,” commented Eric Wolford, Partner at Accel, the company that led the Series A funding from Fortify.

Fortify continues to build on its recent strategic investments from In-Q-Tel and the Department of Energy, and additional funding will be announced soon. These investments enable Fortify to continue to grow its commercial success for RF and tooling applications across the United States by meeting European demand for digital manufacturing of high-performance parts.

The company will be exhibiting at Formnext 2022, Germany, showcasing products and applications that are expected to evolve under the leadership of Lawrence Ganti.

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