John Langan, PhD

Director-Elect, EMD Electronics

Chief Technology Officer at the Electronics Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (EMD Electronics)

John is a seasoned innovation expert in the semiconductor industry with over 35 years of experience in R&D with a deep passion for innovation and technological advancement. As the Chief Technology Officer of the Electronics business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, John oversees the development and execution of the business sector’s technology strategy, ensuring that they remain at the forefront of the industry and meet their customers’ ever-changing needs.

John began his career at Air Products in 1988. Over the next decade, he took on various roles within the organization, including Research Scientist, Technology Manager, and Business Development Manager. In 2000, John joined Lam Research as Director of Technology. In 2005, he returned to Air Products to become the company’s Electronics Division Head of R&D. He became Chief Technology Officer of Versum Materials after that division spun out of Air Products. He kept this position when the company was later acquired by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a vibrant science and technology company that operates in three business sectors – Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. In the United States and Canada, the Electronics business sector operates as EMD Electronics.

John holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and was a post-doctoral associate at MIT. He’s based in Carlsbad, California.