Quantel: Marc le Flohic Appointed Chairman and CEO

Marc le Flohic (Source: Keopsys)

Marc le Flohic (Source: Keopsys)

During its meeting on November 18, 2016, Quantel’s Board of Directors appointed Marc le Flohic, Quantel’s new majority shareholder through the company Eurodyne, which he indirectly controls, as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Alain de Salaberry.

As previously announced, the Board also acknowledged the resignations of Mr Alain de Salaberry, Mr Christian Moretti, Mr Patrick Schoenahl and Mr Ghislain du Jeu from their positions as directors, as well as Eurodyne’s appointment of Mrs Gwenaëlle le Flohic as Eurodyne’s permanent representative, replacing Florent de Salaberry. In addition, the Board coopted Esira as a new director and acknowledged Mr Jean-François Coutris’ appointment as Esira’s permanent representative on the Board. Following these changes, the Board of Directors now has six members, compared with eight previously.

In his new role, le Flohic will be assisted by Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, General Manager, while de Salaberry will provide support as an advisor.

Le Flohic declared: “I would like to offer my warmest thanks to Alain de Salaberry for the confidence, trust and honor he has shown by enabling me to take over from him and head up the Quantel Group, which is renowned worldwide for the quality of its lasers and laser systems. My goal is initially to further strengthen the group’s profitability. Alongside this, and to also support this primary goal, I will be ramping up internal synergies within the Group, which has several subsidiaries and divisions, while focusing on putting in place an industrial organization. I am also the founder and head of the Keopsys Group, and I intend to develop synergies and collaboration between Quantel and Keopsys with a view to supporting their sustained growth for the years ahead.”

Back in October, Esira, the Keopsys Group holding company, had acquired 93.8 % of the capital of Eurodyne, which holds 1,184,513 Quantel shares and 1,928,579 voting rights, representing 14.6 % of the capital and 21.3 % of the voting rights of Quantel SA. The remaining balance, representing 6.2 % of Eurodyne’s capital, is subject to a reciprocal sales agreement with Esira.

As part of this equity investment, Esira wants to establish an industrial and commercial partnership with Quantel in order to develop all possible synergies, aiming at establishing a leading global player in optronics and photonics.

Based in Lannion, France, the Keopsys Group is made up primarily of Keopsys, LEA Photonics and Sensup, which are all fully owned by Esira and specialized in designing and marketing fiber lasers and integrated fiber laser systems for scientific, industrial and military applications.

Dr. Steve Patterson (Source: Quantel)

Dr. Steve Patterson (Source: Quantel)

In other news, Quantel Laser announced the appointment of Dr. Steve Patterson as CEO of their Quantel USA subsidiary. Patterson comes to Quantel after successfully leading Dilas Diode Laser’s US office through rapid growth and market expansion. Prior to Dilas, Patterson held technical and management positions at nLight Photonics and Sharp and has been involved in several technology start-ups. He holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has authored numerous technical papers and has two patents to his name.

The Quantel USA subsidiary, focusing on the design and manufacture of compact, rugged pulsed YAG products has led much of this growth with their products integrated into tools for semiconductor and display manufacturing, as well as instruments for LIBS, Laser Ablation and PIV.

Quantel USA also manages the North American activity of Quantel Medical’s rapidly-growing ophthalmology business.  Earlier this year, Quantel Medical introduced the Easy-Ret, an innovative photo coagulator product based on Quantel’s unique fiber laser technology.

“I am honored to join Quantel USA during such an exciting time,” said Patterson.  “I am impressed with the Quantel team and look forward to working alongside them and our customers to help create greater value together.”

Laurent Schneider-Maunoury, General Manager of the Quantel Group, added, “Dr. Patterson’s leadership will supplement our strong US team. Rapid growth comes with its own set of challenges and Steve’s past success in such an environment will help ensure Quantel’s success.” (Sources: Quantel / Keopsys)

Links: Keopsys SA, Lannion, FranceQuantel SA, Les Ulis, France

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