Long-standing INFICON Executive Assumes Role as James L. Brissenden, 65, Retires
Syracuse, New York/Zurich, Switzerland - December 5, 2003 - The Board of Directors of INFICON Holding AG (SWX Swiss Exchange and NASDAQ: IFCN) has promoted Lukas Winkler to president and chief executive officer of INFICON, effective January 1, 2004. Mr. Winkler replaces James L. Brissenden, 65, who is retiring after twenty years with the company and remains on the board of directors. Mr. Winkler will be based at the INFICON global headquarters located in Syracuse, New York.
"Since its IPO in November 2000, INFICON has strengthened its presence in high growth segments of the semiconductor industry and in the environmental health and safety markets by leveraging our expertise in gas sensor technologies," said John Grad, chairman of the board of INFICON. "With Lukas at the helm, INFICON will continue to build on its leadership position as a global supplier of critical instrumentation and advanced process control products. For the past six years, he has led the vacuum control business unit through the highly successful introduction of innovative vacuum gauges to semiconductor OEMs. Lukas is known throughout the company as an inspired leader. I am confident that his depth of experience at INFICON will result in a seamless transition to his new responsibilities and allow the company to quickly address both the operational and strategic imperatives of our business."
Mr. Winkler added, "As president and CEO, it is my intention to extend the leadership INFICON has attained by introducing competitive state-of-the-art products for critical analysis, measurement and control in targeted markets. We expect to pursue an aggressive agenda to continue to distinguish INFICON in the marketplace. With the global economic environment improving and the semiconductor industry trending upward, we believe INFICON has many attractive growth opportunities."
Commenting further, Mr. Grad said, "Jim Brissenden has successfully guided INFICON in its evolution from a division of a worldwide manufacturing company to a successful publicly-traded, global enterprise. He has strengthened the overall strategic position of INFICON. On behalf of the board of directors, I thank Jim for his dedication, insight, and outstanding contributions to our business."
Lukas Winkler has 16 years of executive experience, with the last eight years at INFICON where he was largely responsible for the consolidation and integration of two former parent company divisions. Currently, he serves as vice president of the Vacuum Control Business Unit, which has pioneered several unique technologies for vacuum measurement and control. Prior to that, Mr. Winkler was production manager at Balzers AG and held management positions at Maschinenfabrik Rieter AG and General Motors Europe AG. He has an engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zuerich) and an MBA from Syracuse University.
INFICON is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative vacuum instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software for the semiconductor and related industries and other industrial applications. These analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, magnetic and optical storage media and precision optics. INFICON also provides essential instrumentation for gas leak detection and toxic chemical analysis to the air conditioning/refrigeration, emergency response, security, and industrial hygiene markets. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and worldwide offices in the U.S., China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.inficon.com.
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