11 June 2010


Russian sapphire substrate maker Monocrystal appoints new CEO

Monocrystal Inc of Stavropol, Russia, which provides sapphire products and metallization pastes to semiconductor, optical, and photovoltaic industries, has appointed Oleg V. Kachalov as CEO.

He succeeds Andrey V. Kravchenko, who has been promoted to vice president of parent company Energomera’s Electronic Materials business and will supervise Monocrystal as a part of his new responsibilities.

Kachalov joined Monocrystal in 2002 and has served in various capacities including chief technical officer and VP of sales & marketing. Prior experience includes research and lecturing in advanced materials for solid-state electronics at Stavropol State Technical University (SSTU) and two years of scientific fellowship at Hamburg University of Technology (HHUT). Kachalov holds a Master’s degree in solid-state electronics and a PhD in materials science from SSTU.

“As we continue sustainably developing Monocrystal into a global market leader, the changes are an excellent indication of our capability of growing new leaders and strengthening expertise of our management board,” says Energomera's president & founder Vladimir Polyakov.

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