Leadership

Lead Free Design Management
 
Founded in 2003, Lead Free Design is a technology consulting firm with principles and senior consultants from the world’s top engineering companies: Tyco Healthcare, BOC, Boeing, Kodak, Hewlett Packard, Ohmeda, Conmed, Medtronics and NCR.
Our advisory board is comprised of senior industry executives from well known success stories: Netscape, IBM, AOL/Time Warner, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon.com
 
 
John Taylor
Managing Partner and CEO – Colorado Springs

Prior to founding the Comperio Group and Lead Free Design, Taylor held senior executive, sales, marketing and engineering roles at Hewlett Packard, Eastman Kodak, NCR, and several successful startup companies. He has significant expertise in ASIC design, business process re-engineering, enterprise application integration, database systems and intellectual property law. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami. Originally from Woodside, California, John and his family now live in Colorado Springs.

 
 
Rob Klengler
Managing Director and COO – Seattle

With 30 years of experience in project management, software development, product development, imaging systems, sales and marketing, Rob is responsible for operations and consulting deliveries within Lead Free Design. Klengler has extensive Chinese business relationships, recently leading a team that was selected from 487 firms to develop a master plan for a new city of 250,000 people near Qingdao, host of the aquatic events for the 2008 Olympics. He led an international team of designers and engineers that reinvented the structural interior and environmental systems for Boeing Business Jets; a number of innovations can be found in the new 787. Klengler has founded and co-founded four businesses. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Penn State University, and an MBA from Western Washington University. Rob and his family live near Seattle.

 
Christina Folan
Consulting Director – San Francisco

Before joining Lead Free Design, Folan held several senior management roles in engineering, marketing and sales with Hewlett Packard Test & Measurement Group, both in the US and in China. She earned numerous awards, including Top US Sales Executive, during her years at Hewlett Packard. Folan is experienced providing Fortune 500, mid-level and start-up companies with strategic planning, product and program management. She holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, and is an MBA candidate from the University of San Francisco. Chris and her family live in San Francisco.
 
 
David Cheek
RoHS Consulting Director – Colorado Springs

One of the country’s leading experts on RoHS conversion, compliance and manufacturing techniques, Cheek heads up the RoHS consulting practice with Lead Free Design. Cheek has held engineering and engineering management positions with Phillips LMS, Plasmon and AIRINC, and led the RoHS and WEEE programs for three years at Quantum, the industry leader in the design of tape drives for libraries and mid-range servers. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from California State Sacramento, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado. David and his family reside in Colorado Springs.
 
 
James Crenner
Medical RoHS Director – Colorado Springs

Leading our RoHS Medical device engineering teams, Crenner brings his 27 years of medical device design, testing, manufacturing and FDA approval experience from industry leading companies Tyco Healthcare, BOC, Ohmeda, Conmed and Medtronics. Awarded multiple patents in the medical device arena, he led the team which developed the original Pulse Oximeter line. Crenner earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and Masters Degree in Business Administration. Jim lives with his family in Denver.
 


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