President, Corning Glass Technologies
James P. Clappin is president of Corning Glass Technologies (CGT) group. Comprising CGT are Corning’s Display Technologies and Specialty Materials businesses, which includes Corning’s growing Gorilla® Glass for handheld, IT and large cover glass application. He is also responsible for the newest addition to the CGT group, Corning Precision Materials Korea, the former LCD glass substrate joint venture between Corning and Samsung Display that Corning acquired in January, 2014. In addition to business leadership, Clappin has responsibility for glass-related manufacturing, technology and new business development.
Clappin joined Corning Incorporated in 1980 as a process engineer at the Central Falls, R.I., manufacturing plant. He transitioned to GTE Corporation in 1983 when the facility was sold, and returned to Corning in 1988. He served in a variety of manufacturing management roles in the consumer products division and began working in the display business in 1994.
In 1996, Clappin relocated to Japan to assume the position of plant manager at CDT’s Shizuoka manufacturing facility. He then progressed through a number of management leadership positions with increasing responsibilities, leading to his appointment as general manager of the CDT worldwide business in May 2002.
From September 2005 through July 2010, Clappin was president of Corning Display Technologies (CDT), with responsibility for all business and manufacturing operations across the division’s five regions: Japan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and the United States. Throughout Clappin’s tenure in the CDT business, the demand for LCD glass has grown exponentially. Over time, the focus of the display industry has grown from applications for notebook computers and desktop monitors to small portable devices and LCD television. In response to market demand, Clappin has overseen the expansion of Corning’s display business across Asia, including the launch of CDT’s business in Taiwan and China, and the introduction of several of the world’s largest fully integrated LCD glass manufacturing plants. Under his leadership, CDT’s sales increased by a factor of seven between 2002 and 2010.
Clappin’s organization also has led the development of new technologies for advanced displays and mobile devices. These include the award-winning, environmentally friendly EAGLE XG® glass substrates, Corning® Gorilla® Glass, as well as emerging technologies such as Corning Lotus™ Glass substrates for OLED and high-performance displays and Corning® Willow™ Glass. Corning’s commitment to research and development has delivered many LCD and cover glass product and productivity improvements that have helped enable the overall growth of the industry.
Clappin holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He was recognized in 2013 with a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering.