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Karen Crofton

Karen Crofton is a principal with RMI’s industrial practice, where she specializes in turnkey project execution strategies, disruptive technology commercialization, international partnerships, and improvement in industrial efficiency. Karen joined RMI in 2013. Before joining RMI, Karen spent 15 years with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in a variety of roles. Most recently she was the Commercial Lead for the Corporate New Business Development group focusing on analyzing adjacent business ventures and strategic partnerships via technical roadmaps, financial models, and competitive assessments. Topics included: LED manufacturing, hydrogen fuel cells, helium extraction, carbon fiber manufacturing, phenalkamine synthesis, and alternative fracturing fluids. Prior to working with the Corporate New Business Development group, Karen spent nine years directing major turnkey projects in the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. Karen held overall P&L accountability for projects in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. This role also required developing local sourcing strategies and developing international partnerships. Previously, Karen spent three years in mechanical and safety systems design as well as root cause analysis.