Earlier in his career, before Phenomenex, Dave Kennedy was the general manager of an instrument company that made chromatography instruments and consumables.When Dave Kennedy worked at a previous company, he spent time identifying customers that could benefit from his company’s chromatography technology. In 2004 he wanted to divest a non-strategic product line and began to contact potentially interested companies. He knewhad heard of Phenomenex but didn’t have any direct connections there, so he reached out directly to Fasha Mahjoor, the Phenomenex founder and CEO who immediately expressed interest and invited Dave to visit Phenomenex. “I took myself and a couple of other people to make a presentation at Phenomenex, and I was blown away by how significantly the company differed from others,” said Dave. “I got a great feeling from interacting with Phenomenex’s people and experiencing their enthusiastic energy. I got the impression that this is a pretty amazing company.” Although Phenomenex didn’t buy the product line, tThis was the beginning of what turned out to be a long, successful journey between Dave and Phenomenex.
About 6A few years after that first meeting with Phenomenex, Dave retired from his prior companyor the first time. “I don't have any major hobbies, like playing golf, to keep me occupied and, so I wanted to stay professionally involved during my retirement,” said Dave. “So, The very first thing I did was get on the phone and call Fasha Mahjoor, founder of Phenomenex. We had a nice chat and I told him that I was looking forwanted something challenging to do. I asked if he had anything that I could help Phenomenex with, and it took off from there.” Dave came out of retirement and joined Phenomenex with an extensive understanding of environmental and food customer perspectives and a long list of contacts in the industry. Both of those assets fueled his success as a business development manager responsible for understanding the markets and the people in his field and looking for new opportunities for Phenomenex.