MORRISVILLE – HZO, a nanotechnology firm that recently moved its headquarters to the Triangle from Utah and has announced plans to add some 500 employees, has a new chief executive officer.

He’s James Fahey, a former IBMer with experience also at Dow, DuPont, Rohm & Haas. A holder of patents related to semiconductors, Fahey earned a PhD in chemistry and a Masters in science at Cornell University.

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Jim Fahey

“HZO has set the standard for providing next-generation protection for sensitive circuitry that we all depend on in our daily lives from smartphones and 5G, to autonomous cars and medical devices,” Fahey said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to join such an exceptionally talented team with a track record of delivering extraordinary growth and market leadership.”

Fahey most recently served as president of DuPont Electronics & Imaging. He assumes the HZO job on March 30, the company announced Thursday.

Simone Maraini, HZO’s previous CEO, is now a senior advisor to the firm, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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“In the past three years, HZO has established itself as the top company in the ever-growing market of finding new and innovative ways to protect electronics from environmental damage. Jim’s background and global industry experience is an ideal match for where we are as a company,” said Kamal Bherwani, HZO Lead Director, in announcing the hire.

HZO  opened its Morrisville headquarters in November 2019.

The facility will accommodate the company’s rapid global growth and need to access top technical talent, the company said.

HZO’s global operations already include 12 factories and more than 2000 employees.