Foam products supplier FXI names R&D chief


Leading Global Polyurethane Expert Will Head FXI R&D

MEDIA, Pa. – FXI, the leading producer of innovative foam products, has named Dr. Philippe Knaub senior vice president and chief technology officer to lead the company’s research and development initiatives. Knaub is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the development and application of polyurethane foams in all industries, including bedding, furniture and transportation. At FXI, he will report to President and CEO John Cowles.

Most recently, Knaub was global head of research and development for emulsion polymers for Styron in Switzerland. Part of The Dow Chemical Company, Styron was acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital in 2010. Prior to his position with Styron, Knaub worked with Dow for more than 20 years where he held a number of positions, including global research and development director for several business units, project manager and global marketing manager.

“We’re pleased to have Philippe join the FXI family,” Cowles said. “He has an established international reputation in polyurethanes and plastics as a leader in the field. I’m confident our customers will benefit from the many innovative strides and technological leaps FXI’s research and development team will make under his direction.”

Knaub has been published in professional publications and textbooks and is named in several patents. He will be based in FXI’s Aston, Pennsylvania, Research and Innovation Center.

During the last year, Diane Adams, chief marketing officer for FXI, has been overseeing the company’s marketing department along with the research and development department. With Knaub’s appointment, Adams returns her focus to the company’s marketing initiatives.

FXI is a leading producer of innovative foam products for the home, healthcare, electronics, industrial, personal care and transportation markets. Headquartered in Media, Pa., the Company offers an array of products to meet the needs of a diverse marketplace. From mattresses and furniture to electronics and wound care, the foam solutions provided by FXI optimize performance and increase comfort for consumers. For more information and a full list of all product innovations, please visit

Sheila Long O’Mara
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