Former Secretary of PA Department of Environmental Protection McGinty Joins Plextronics as Advisor

Jun 26, 2009, 12:07 ET from Plextronics, Inc.

PITTSBURGH, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Plextronics, Inc. announced today that Kathleen McGinty, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), has accepted an advisory position with the company. She will provide guidance to Plextronics' senior management team on the general strategic direction of the company, as well as help build and maintain relationships with government officials and other key players in the energy industry.

"Katie has been a longtime advocate for clean energy companies in Pennsylvania, and we're delighted that she's agreed to serve as an advisor to Plextronics," said Andy Hannah, CEO of Plextronics. "Her experience, personality and background make her a wonderful resource for our team and we look forward to working with her," he added.

McGinty is currently a founding partner with Peregrine Technology Partners LLC, a firm focused on the commercialization of clean technologies. She is also an operating partner at Element LLC, a private equity firm investing in early and mid-stage clean technology companies. Additionally, McGinty serves as a director at NRG Energy, Inc., a leading wholesale power company; Energy East, a gas and electric utility in New York and New England; and Weston Solutions, Inc., an environmental remediation firm.

While serving as Secretary of the Pennsylvania DEP, McGinty helped lead the state's successful effort to attract market-leading clean tech and renewable energy companies to headquarter and manufacture in Pennsylvania, brining more than $1 billion in new investment and creating some 3,000 jobs.

Prior to her service in Pennsylvania, McGinty was Bill Clinton's Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and legislative assistant and environmental advisor to then-Senator Al Gore. She also was a Senior Visiting Fellow for a year in New Delhi, India, at the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). She holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Saint Joseph's University and J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, as well as three honorary doctorates in Public Service and Humane Letters.

About Plextronics, Inc.

Plextronics, Inc. is an international technology company that specializes in printed solar, lighting and other organic electronics. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, the company's focus is on organic solar cell and organic light emitting diodes (OLED), specifically the conductive inks and process technologies that enable those and other similar applications.

With a company vision of enabling 15 billion printed electronic devices by 2015, Plextronics is creating technology capable of commercial-scale manufacturability and performance. The company's device design, process technology and Plexcore(R) branded inks enable the formation of active electrical layers -- the key drivers of printed electronics.

The privately held company was founded in 2002 as a spinout from Carnegie Mellon University, based upon conductive polymer technology developed by Dr. Richard McCullough. Over the past seven years, Plextronics scientists have refined and further developed this technology to deliver exceptional performance for printed electronics.

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