Intense appoints Kevin Laughlin as CEO

Oct. 26, 2011
North Brunswick, NJ--Semiconductor lasers, systems, and solutions developer Intense has appointed Kevin Laughlin as chief executive officer.

North Brunswick, NJ--Semiconductor lasers, systems, and solutions developer Intense has appointed Kevin Laughlin as chief executive officer. A 26-year veteran of the industry, Laughlin's experience includes laser design and optics applications to senior level positions in product management, sales, and marketing. Most recently, he served as the company's chief commercial officer, where he worked with the management team and investors to consolidate the company's Glasgow, Scotland and North Brunswick, NJ business units. They now form a single U.S. site that provides global manufacturing, sales, and service for a wide range of laser diode components, electro-optical sub-modules, and fully integrated, turnkey laser systems.

Laughlin cites the consolidation as an opportunity for new growth in the diode laser market, enabling the company to continue its investment in technology, people, and product development for defense, print, medical, and industrial applications.

Laughlin began his tenure at Intense as their first U.S. employee when he was hired as VP of sales in 2006. In 2007, with Intense's acquisition of New Jersey-based High Power Devices, he took on the role of VP of global sales and business development for both the UK and U.S. business units. Prior to Intense, Laughlin worked at Nuvonyx (St. Louis, MO) as VP of sales and marketing. He's also held management positions at PRC Laser (Landing, NJ) and Strippit/LVD (Buffalo, NY).

Laughlin is former chairman of the Industrial Laser Advisory Board for the Laser Processing Consortium at Penn State Applied Laser Research Lab. He is also a former chairman of the AMT's Laser Products Systems Group and has acted as chairman of numerous technical laser conferences. He is an active member of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and Laser Institute of America (LIA). He has published more than 40 technical papers and articles, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Robotics.

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