Dr. Joan K. Vrtis

SVP, Innovation and Technology Integration, Flex

Joan K. Vrtis, Ph.D., is senior vice president of Innovation & Technology Integration at Flex, the Sketch-to-Scale® solutions provider that designs and builds Intelligent Products for a Connected World™. With approximately 200,000 professionals across 30 countries and annual revenue of $25B, Flex provides innovative design, engineering, manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight and logistics services to companies of all sizes in various industries and end-markets. Previously, Dr. Vrtis served as the Chief Technology Officer at Multek, one of the world’s leading printed circuit board suppliers with a comprehensive product portfolio including flexible printed circuits, flexible materials and printed electronics. Prior to Multek, Dr. Vrtis was Chief Operating Officer of Shocking Technologies, an embedded ESD protection product company, and Chief Operating Officer of Kemeta, LLC, a medical device start-up company that developed biofeedback devices. Prior to that, she was a principal owner and Chief Technology Officer of FlipChip International. Dr. Vrtis started her microelectronics career in the early 1990s at Intel Corporation, developing polymer and substrate solutions for the Pentium product line. She has been awarded several patents and holds degrees in polymer engineering, metallurgy and chemistry, and a master’s degree in business administration from the DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

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