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Lawrence Ganti appointed as new CEO of Fortify

Replacing Josh Martin, who will take on a new role as Chief Product Officer

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Fortify, a full-stack materials science and additive manufacturing company, has appointed Lawrence Ganti as the company’s new CEO – succeeding Josh Martin, the Co-founder, who will take on a new role as Chief Product Officer.

“Fortify has spent the last several years productizing our technology and cultivating key strategic partnerships. Leading the Fortify team to where it is today has been a great journey. We’re moving from the phase of initial product introduction to the market to commercial scale-up, and I, along with my co-founders and the board, felt it was the right time to bring in some outside expertise to help lead Fortify to the next level,” said Josh Martin.

To his new role as the CEO of Fortify, Lawrence Ganti brings more than 25 years of experience in leading global businesses, scaling start-ups, and executing new commercial models. Most recently, Ganti was President of SiO2 Materials Science where he led the commercialization efforts and grew the company’s customer base 10x, and manufacturing footprint 4x. As part of the US Government’s Operation Warp Speed Covid-19 response, Ganti secured more than $250 million in grant funding for onshore advanced manufacturing. Prior to SiO2, Ganti was the CEO of Innoplexus Holdings, a provider of Data as a Service and Software as a Service solutions. Ganti spent the majority of his career with the Chemical and Pharmaceutical giant, Merck, leading various business units and country organizations. His last role at Merck was CEO of Latin America where he led the scale-up and growth of a $1 billion business.

Lawrence Ganti appointed as new CEO of Fortify. Replacing Josh Martin, who will take on a new role as Chief Product Officer.
Lawrence Ganti

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

“I am looking forward to driving 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, from the company’s inception.

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

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

Fortify continues to build on its recent strategic investments from both 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 addressing the European demand for digital manufacturing of high-performance parts.

The company will be exhibiting at Formnext 2022, in Germany, and will be showcasing products and applications that are anticipated to scale under Lawrence Ganti’s leadership.

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Edward Wakefield

Edward is a freelance writer and additive manufacturing enthusiast looking to make AM more accessible and understandable.

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