Appointments enhance ipg's strategic marketing, acquisition and global sales initiatives
Oxford, MA, March 1, 2013 -- IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) today announced three senior management appointments focused on strengthening the Company's worldwide sales and marketing efforts. Trevor Ness has been promoted to Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales and Marketing and will continue to supervise the Asian operations. Also, David Gray was appointed Vice President - Strategic Development & Systems Solutions and Yuri Erokhin was appointed Vice President - Strategic Marketing.
"We are strengthening our management team with three experienced professionals who have demonstrated their expertise and success in helping to expand business opportunities and grow sales," said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics' Chief Executive Officer. "Trevor Ness has been successful at IPG in establishing strong relationships with OEMs in Asia, as well as improving service and the effectiveness of the sales force there. David Gray has a proven track record of driving rapid growth through organic product development, strategic acquisitions and operational execution. Yuri Erokhin has a strong scientific background that he has applied to the development of sophisticated marketing strategies to identify and secure new business opportunities. We look forward to their combined contributions as we enhance our product portfolio, enter new applications and geographies and generate profitable long-term growth."
Trevor Ness joined IPG in January 2011 as Vice President - Asian Operations and successfully managed double digit growth in China, Japan and Korea. Prior to 2011, he served as Director of GSI Precision Technologies China at GSI Group, where he was responsible for all business activity in China, including manufacturing, sales, service and market development. From 1997 until 2005, Ness served in various senior management sales and operations roles in the UK and Asia with GSIL Asia Pacific, Westwind Japan and Westwind Air Bearings Ltd. Ness earned a BSc in Geology from Imperial College London, an HNC in Production Engineering from Bournemouth University and an MBA (Technology Management) from The Open University.
David Gray joins IPG from GT Advanced Technologies, where he served in multiple roles, most recently as its Chief Strategy & New Business Officer. Prior to that, he served as a senior M&A advisor to the photonics and electronics markets with Alliant Partners and Broadview. Early in his career, Gray also co-founded Aspect International, Inc., and served as a senior engineer with Raychem in its display products group. David earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Yuri Erokhin joins IPG from Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Equipment where he has worked since 2003 and served as Senior Director, Strategic Marketing since 2006. Prior to working at Applied Materials, he was Vice President of Wafer Technology at IBIS Technology Corp. From 1995 to 2000, Erokhin was at Axcelis Technologies Corp., where he was Director of Process Technology. Before that, Erokhin worked as a research scientist at various institutions since 1980. Erokhin earned an M.S. with Honors in Quantum Electronics (Lasers) from the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute and a Ph.D. in Microelectronics Technology from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.