Scott A. Graeff
Scott A. Graeff was appointed as Luna’s President & Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in October 2017. Mr. Graeff joined Luna Innovations in August 2003. Throughout his tenure at Luna he has held various positions including Chief Strategy Officer, President of Luna Technologies, GM of Terametrix, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, EVP of corporate development and a member of our Board of Directors.
Prior to joining Luna, Mr. Graeff was a Partner at Gryphon Capital, a Virginia based venture capital fund. He has also been a co-founder of a software technology company that was sold to a Fortune 500 Company and held senior-level positions at various investment banking firms. In these various roles, Mr. Graeff has completed several public offerings and has been involved with mergers and acquisitions with a notional value of more than $8 billion. He is experienced in a broad range of capital market transactions, strategic planning and financial management. Mr. Graeff holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.
James T. Garrett, Ph.D.
James Garrett joined the executive team as Vice President in July 2012 and was elevated to Senior Vice President in 2019. As Senior Vice President & General Manager of Luna Labs, Dr. Garrett is responsible for managing product development, achieving commercialization success with SBIR developed technologies, and licensing IP. He began his career at Luna in 2005 and served as director of the Material Systems group from 2006 to 2012.
Prior to joining Luna, Dr. Garrett developed polyurethane intermediates for Bayer Material Science (now Covestro) and researched electroactive materials at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Garrett holds five patents and has 14 pending related to polyurethane elastomers, materials, and coatings. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at William and Mary.
Gene J. Nestro
Gene J. Nestro joined the executive team as Chief Financial Officer in December 2019. He previously served as the Vice President, Corporate Finance at Cree, Inc., a public company developing and marketing power and radio frequency semiconductors and lighting class LEDs, from September 2017 to June 2019.
Prior to Cree, Mr. Nestro served in corporate and operational finance positions of increasing responsibility at TE Connectivity Ltd., a public industrial technology company, from February 2000 to September 2017. Mr. Nestro holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Penn State University and a M.B.A. degree in finance from Saint Joseph’s University, Erivan K. Haub School of Business.
Brian J. Soller, Ph.D.
Brian Soller joined the executive team as Vice President in April 2014, was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2019 and Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In his current role, Dr. Soller plays a crucial role in developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan, including a focus on optimizing operational efficiency to continue to drive sustainable, profitable growth.
Prior to joining Luna, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Micron Optics & VP of global sales and business development for Lightpath Technologies (NASDAQ: LPTH). Previously he spent ten years in fiber optics with Luna, beginning as a scientist and ultimately moving up through the organization to General Manager of the Products Division. Dr. Soller co-developed the instrumentation for fiber optic devices manufactured by Luna today. He has over 15 issued patents in optics with an expertise in the interferometric measurement field. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and a doctoral degree from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.
Marnie C. Young
Marnie C. Young , Luna's Vice President , Human Resources, joined Luna in March 2018 with over 20 years of human resource experience. Ms. Young leads Luna’s human resources functions including talent acquisition and performance management, employee engagement, and benefits administration for all of Luna’s operations.
Before joining Luna, Ms. Young served as the Vice President, Human Resources for Meridium/GE Digital. Her early career in human resources began with talent acquisition and building high performance teams. Ms. Young holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Mary Baldwin College.