Southampton, UK: Fibre laser manufacturer SPI Lasers has appointed Dr Mark Greenwood as chief executive officer to strengthen its operations and continue global expansion.
Dr Greenwood held the previous role of chief technology officer at the company, and succeeds Dr Thomas Fehn who will be taking up a position at the company’s parent company, Trumpf, a machine tool manufacturer.
Dr Greenwood has taken on his new role effective on 1 January 2018 and reports to Christian Schmitz, chief executive officer for laser technology at Trumpf and managing board member.
“Mark is the right chief executive officer to lead SPI Lasers during this transformative period,” stated Mr Schmitz. “I am confident he will move the company forward with the speed required to capitalise on the opportunities in front of us.”
Dr Greenwood has a long track record spanning over more than 20 years in developing lasers for a wide range of applications and industries. He has held roles as chief executive officer with Spectron Laser Systems and GSI Group, as well as senior technical roles at company and group level within GSI Group.
Joining SPI Lasers in 2015, Dr Greenwood was part of the acquisition of JK Lasers where he was responsible for establishing the fibre laser technology base and product portfolio. Following the acquisition, he successfully led the integration of the research and development teams ensuring combined technical organisation.
On his appointment, Dr Greenwood said: “I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead SPI Lasers at such an important time in its development. I am looking forward to building on this success whilst simultaneously ensuring we remain focused on delivering the very best quality products and service to our customers.”