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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Ruby Chandy

Ruby Chandy has been elected to the board of directors of Thermo Fisher Scientific, effective March 1. Her appointment will bring the total number of board members to 13. Chandy was the president of the industrial division at Pall, a supplier of filtration, separation, and purification technologies. Previously, she was chief marketing officer at Dow Chemical and at Rohm and Haas. She holds a master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School, a master's degree in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in materials science and engineering from MIT.

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