HZO | Advanced Technology Team
HZO's world-class team is comprised of diversely skilled, industry-leading professionals from around the world. Learn more about the brilliant minds behind HZO's water protection technology.
Advanced Technology
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The team at HZO is made up of diverse talent from all around the globe. We’re doctors, we’re business professionals, we’re scientists, we’re engineers, we’re students and educators, and perhaps most importantly, we’re a passionate and cohesive team who all share a common goal of providing our partners with a powerful end to end nanocoating solution that will give more freedom to the users and consumers of protected components and devices.
In addition to loving what we do, the experienced technical team at HZO has deep knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Thin-film coatings
  • Nanotechnology
  • Material science
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Audio & recording specialist
  • Vacuum deposition
  • Semiconductor processing
Number of countries around the world where HZO Employees have lived or worked
Number of MBAs on the HZO Team
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and  Engineering PhD’s on the HZO Team
Simone Maraini – Chief Executive Officer
Simone Maraini joined HZO in December, 2014 to lead the expansion of HZO into Europe. Along with his strong financial and M&A  experience, Mr. Maraini has worked with leading manufacturing companies across several of HZO’s target industries including aerospace and defense. Prior to joining HZO, Simone was the CFO of Alenia North America, where revenues rapidly grew from $25 million to $320 million, a prime contractor for the U.S. government.  He also held the same position for Global Aeronautica, a joint venture between The Boeing Company and Alenia Aermacchi. Simone earned his bachelor’s degree in law from Universita La Sapienza in Italy and completed the Executive Management program (AMP178) at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in multiple languages including Italian, English, French and Spanish.
Glen M. Marder – Chief Financial Officer
Glen M. Marder joined HZO in November 2016 to lead the financial and administrative operations of HZO. Prior to HZO, Mr. Marder has held multiple senior and executive level management positions at both public and private companies ranging size from $25 to $800 million dollars in revenue. With 30 years of experience and leadership in finance, operations and general management, Mr. Marder brings broad leadership and execution management skills with analytical, contextually based thinking and planning that will help fuel HZO’s continued growth and profitability. Mr. Marder, a CPA, started his career at KPMG and graduated from the University of Illinois with highest honors.
Andreas Morr – Chief Operations Officer

Andreas Morr joined HZO in 2013 as vice president of engineering & manufacturing, and now serves as the company’s chief operating officer. Mr. Morr is a global senior operations executive with broad industry experience involving high volume manufacturing operations, quality, strategic logistics development and central customer services in hyper growth organizations. Mr. Morr’s expertise lies in consumer and industrial applications as well as a background in executive leadership, including various global roles in several Fortune 500 companies. Experience includes 20+ years in global operations management as well as the manufacturing & supply chain environment. Mr. Morr holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Chamber of Industry & Trade in Essen, Germany and completed the Executive Management Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr.Morr is a patent holder and speaks fluent German.

Don Metzger – Chief Sales Officer
Don Metzger joined HZO in February 2016 and has risen to the role of Chief Sales Officer. In that role Don also leads the company’s marketing efforts. Don brings to HZO over twenty years of experience in building technology companies for mobile touch technology, graphic systems, semiconductor design and healthcare ventures for growth markets. Experience includes cross-cultural dynamics and international business practices in Europe, Asia, India, and North America. Don holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati and has patents for: Television Scheduling System, Universal Remote Controller.
Dr. Yang Yun joined HZO in 2013 to lead the research & development and technology teams. Prior to HZO, Dr. Yun developed thin film technology for the hard disk industry in San Jose, California. He has 15 years of experience in polymer chemistry, thin film deposition and vacuum technology. Experience includes transferring research & development from the United States to China and implementing it into productions for Apple touch screen modules and Western Digital hard disk media. His contributions took one US-China joined developed company from private to public and grew the business 8x. Dr. Yun holds his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and holds 20+ publications and patent applications.

Jonathan Levitt – General Manager, Asia Operations

Jonathan Levitt has been with HZO since 2015.  He brings a wealth of financial and operational experience to HZO with over 20 years of experience in the fields of M&A, corporate restructuring, and post-acquisition integrations.  Mr. Levitt has worked extensively with companies in China and South East Asia for the past 12 years. Prior to joining HZO, Mr. Levitt held multiple leadership positions with multi-national companies within the electronic component industry, including the CFO of Nelson-Miller, an internationally recognized leading manufacturer of user interface solutions and identification products. Mr. Levitt holds an MBA from the University of California at Irvine.