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7 November 2007


Intense adds senior sales and business development executives

Laser manufacturer Intense Ltd of Glasgow, Scotland, UK has hired three new executives for sales and business development of its line of high-power laser diodes.

Electronics industry veteran Michael Fichtner will serve as business development director, HPL Europe. Matthew Philpott (previously with Coherent Inc) joins as business development director, HPL North America. Scott Grayman (formerly with Laser Diode Inc, a division of Tyco Electronics) will serve as account manager to oversee all key account sales of Intense-HPD laser diodes. All three report to Kevin Laughlin, VP HPL global business development.

Intense manufactures both single-mode and multi-mode monolithic laser array products and high-power laser diodes based on its patented quantum well intermixing (QWI) and asymmetric waveguide (AW) technology

Picture: Michael Fichtner

“As the laser diode market heats up, we are seeing tremendous demand for high-brightness, high-reliability, QWI-enabled products,” says Chris Baker, VP sales & marketing. “Adding Michael Fichtner, Matthew Philpott, and Scott Grayman to our team allows us to take full advantage of our geographic reach and builds on our momentum as we roll out new products in 2008,” he adds. “All are experienced veterans in the laser diode industry and we are confident their experience will enhance the company's market share and growth.”

Fichtner has more than 15 years experience in international sales, marketing and product management in the optoelectronic components, semiconductor and telecoms industries, including at NEC, Lucent, Nortel, Zenastra, and Lightwave. Fichtner will be responsible for managing Intense’s European distribution channel and for sales of Intense's family of high-power laser diodes.

Philpott has experience in sales, marketing and product management in the laser industry. After starting his career in research, he held senior positions at Coherent Inc, most recently as market development manager for North America. His ability to blend sales management with marketing and customer satisfaction programs will help Intense expand its reach across North America, reckons the firm. Philpott will be responsible for managing North American sales of Intense's high-power laser diode products.

Scott Grayman has worked in the laser industry for more than 17 years, including in senior positions in business development, marketing, sales, and general management for development companies serving the fiber-optics, laser diode and optical receiver markets. His sales experience with optical component manufacturers (including Tyco Electronics and Thomas and Betts), coupled with knowledge of defense and telecoms applications, will drive Intense’s expanding market share in laser diodes, reckons the firm. Grayman will be based in the firm’s New Jersey office.

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