Vice President of Chemistry
Sue Franz joined Gentex in 1997 as an Analytical Chemist after working as an Applications Lab Manager for a spectrometer manufacturer for more than 8 years. She has held various positions at Gentex with increased responsibilities, including Group Leader of Analytical Chemistry, Director of Analytical Chemistry and Senior Director of Chemistry. Sue is responsible for setting direction and goals and implementing corporate strategy in chemistry research and evaluating competitive technologies and intellectual property. Her team plays important roles in chemical process development, manufacturing support and quality control of chemicals. Sue was born and raised in China. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Analytical Chemistry from Jilin University in Changchun, China. Arriving in the United States in 1985 on full scholarships, she completed her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1989. She also earned her Masters degree in Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2002 and Six Sigma black belt certification from Villanova University in 2011.