By Denise Perreault
PBN Staff Writer
PAWTUCKET – Dan Dwight has been named president and CEO of the Cooley Group, an 85-year-old company that develops flexible membranes for use in various industries, the company announced Wednesday.
Dwight is taking over for Jeffrey Flath who has been with Cooley, in various positions, since 1998. The company declined comment on Flath's departure.
Dwight has “global leadership experience” in operations, finance, technology commercialization and private equity, the company said. He will be responsible for driving the overall performance of the company.
Before joining Cooley, Dwight was a consultant to early stage companies and private equity and venture capital firms.
He spent 17 years with General Electric in a series of domestic and international executive roles, including seven years in Asia.
A member of the board of directors of Satcon Technology Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed renewable energy company, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
The company, which employs 196 people, is headquartered in Pawtucket and has a manufacturing facility in South Carolina.