University of Pittsburgh

Andrew W. Hannah, Winner 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award

Andrew Hannah

President and Chief Executive Officer
Plextronics, Inc.

Andrew W. (Andy) Hannah is the president and chief executive officer of Plextronics, Inc., an international printed electronics company focused on the manufacture of solar cells, high-efficiency lighting, and circuitry from ink-based technology. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company is pioneering low-cost, high-volume printing of organic solar cell and Organic Light Emitting Diode lighting.

Since its founding in July 2002, the company has been honored with many awards, including: AlwaysOn's 2008 Going Green Top 100, #1 fastest-growing manufacturing company in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Business Times), Pennsylvania's 2008 Top 100 Best Places to Work, 2007 Energy Innovator (U.S. Department of Engergy), IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2008 Technical Development Materials Award, and a 2007 Top Ten Clean Tech Start Up by GreenTech Media. Andy was named the 2007 IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA Champion for his outstanding contribution to the printed electronics industry by promoting it to a wider audience and by achieving significant technical and commercial development in his own company.

Active in the printed electronics industry and other entrepreneurial organizations, Andy is the vice chairman of the Organic Electronics Association, a global organization focused on the commercialization of printed electronics, and a professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University (on a leave of absence beginning in 2009). He is also active in the following organizations:

  • National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) Solar Technology Review panel member; established by the U.S. Department of Energy, this panel provides a means of maintaining NREL's relevance as the energy policy and market landscape changes and advises NREL executives on key strategic questions.
  • Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center board member; this nonprofit organization focuses on facilitating the commercialization of nanomaterials technologies.
  • Etcetera Edutainment (EE) board member; EE specializes in adapting the techniques and technologies of the videogame industry to simulations for training and educational purposes.
  • Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA) advisory board member (nominated in 2008, to be confirmed in 2009); the PRA is a partnership of more than 50 private and public sector leaders and economic development professionals from across the region working to attract capital investment and create jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) charter member of the Pittsburgh chapter; TiE is a global organization that focuses on fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.

Andy spent the first six years of his professional career at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, a global consulting and accounting firm, working with technology and middle market manufacturing organizations. Driven by his passion for entrepreneurial ventures, Andy spent the next seven years in senior management positions with three early stage companies in Boston and Pittsburgh: ISI Emerging Markets, STORM, LLC, and Internet Venture Works Inc.

He has been involved in a series of community-building activities for many years and was recognized for his achievements by Penn State in 2003 as a Pittsburgh Fast Tracker and was awarded the 2001 Smeal College of Business Emerging Professional Award.

While at Deloitte & Touche, Andy cofounded and led the creation of Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), an organization that encourages young professionals to take leadership roles in their communities. He has served as a board member of Leadership Pittsburgh (LDI representative) and the Alumni Board of the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business as well as volunteering with Junior Achievement, the Roberto Clemente Foundation, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Andy earned an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and finance at the Katz School and received a BS in accounting from Penn State in 1987.