European Photonics Industry Consortium elects new president

April 4, 2011
Paris, France--The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) has elected Dr. Drew Nelson--currently CEO of advanced semiconductor wafer supplier IQE (Cardiff, Wales)--as its new president. Drew Nelson succeeds Jean-François Coutris of Sagem Défense et Sécurité who completed two terms serving as the 2nd President of EPIC.

Paris, France--The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) has elected Dr. Drew Nelson--currently CEO of advanced semiconductor wafer supplier IQE (Cardiff, Wales)--as its new president. Drew Nelson succeeds Jean-François Coutris of Sagem Défense et Sécurité who completed two terms serving as the 2nd President of EPIC. Dr. Nelson will begin his term on 5 April 2011, presiding at the Annual General Assembly of EPIC in Paris.

Dr Drew Nelson co-founded EPI in 1988, raising start up capital from Shell Ventures, and has held the role of Chief Executive Officer since 1996, when he led a management buy-out from Shell. In 1999, he led the merger of EPI with US based QED, forming the IQE Group, which was subsequently listed, initially on EASDAQ in 1999, then fully listed on the LSE in 2000. IQE has grown to be the largest outsource manufacturer of advanced semiconductor wafers, supplying all 12 of the top wireless chip companies globally, and now consists of eight group companies spanning Europe, US and Asia.

In July 2000, Dr. Nelson was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering for his contribution to British Engineering and was awarded the OBE for services to the Electronics Industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2001. In 2004 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and was awarded an Honorary Dr. Eng degree from the University of Sheffield in 2005.

Source: EPIC

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Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

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