Dr. Helen Sanders has joined Technoform Glass Insulation (TGI), a member of Technoform Group, as part of its North American market team.

She will help develop strategic markets, relationships and products, while guiding and supporting the company’s focus on energy performance and sustainability. TGI develops thermal optimized, hybrid plastic spacers for insulating glass products.

Helen Sanders

“TGI has an amazing story to tell about how its products contribute to energy-efficient fenestration systems – both in the glass edge and in the frame,” says Sanders. “I believe they are best-in-class at what they do and how they add value for their customers and for high-performance buildings. I am excited at the opportunities ahead for me as part of TGI’s team, for the company and for our industry as a whole.”

During the last 17 years of her 22-year career in the glass industry, Sanders has been involved in creating and developing a new market for electrochromic glazing, product development and commercialization. Most recently, she served as vice president of technical business development at SAGE Electrochromics Inc., a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain.

“Helen’s entrepreneurial spirit will be a great fit within the Technoform culture and will allow us to grow and continue to be a major player in the North American façade industry,” says Brian Stephens, TGI market team manager. “Helen’s personality, skills and experience align well with our team’s strategic focus on business development and innovation.”

Sanders currently serves on the board of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) and as chair of its Emerging Technologies and Innovation Committee. She is also chair of the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC) and vice chair of the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Energy Division. In addition, Sanders is the incoming president of the Façade Tectonics Institute (FTI) and has been a speaker at many building industry events.

“At Technoform, we are always looking to add team members that are eager to add value and contribute toward achieving our strategic initiatives,” says Milind Jhaveri, market team manager. “Helen has the right combination of skills and brings a ton of industry experience and knowledge that fits well with our strategic vision, not only for the North American market, but also for the global façade industry. I am excited to welcome Helen to our team and look forward to working with her.”

Sanders earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural sciences (chemistry) and her doctorate in surface science from the University of Cambridge, England. She also completed the Minnesota Executive Program through the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.