Valentin P. Gapontsev, Ph.D., founded IPG in 1990 and has been IPG’s Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of IPG’s Board since its inception. Prior to that time, he served as senior scientist in laser material physics and head of the laboratory at the Soviet Academy of Science’s Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics in Moscow. He has over thirty years of academic research experience in the fields of solid state laser materials, laser spectroscopy and non-radiative energy transfer between rare earth ions and is the author of many scientific publications and several international patents. Dr. Gapontsev holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In 2006, he was awarded the Ernst & Young ® Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Industrial Products and Services in New England, and in 2009, he was awarded the Arthur L. Schawlow Award by the Laser Institute of America. Dr. Gapontsev serves as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In 2011, he received the Russian Federation National Award in Science and Technology, and he was also selected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He is the founder of the Company and has successfully led the Company and the Board since the Company was formed. His scientific understanding along with his corporate vision and operational knowledge provide strategic guidance to the Company and the Board. For these reasons, he has been nominated to continue serving on the Board.
Eugene Shcherbakov Ph.D.
Managing Director of IPG Laser GmbH and Director
Eugene Scherbakov, Ph.D., has served as the Managing Director of IPG Laser GmbH, IPG’s German subsidiary, since August 2000 and has been a member of IPG’s Board since September 2000. Dr. Scherbakov served as the Technical Director of IPG Laser from 1995 to August 2000. From 1983 to 1995, Dr. Scherbakov was a senior scientist in fiber optics and head of the optical communications laboratory at the General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Science in Moscow. Dr. Scherbakov graduated from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute with an M.S. in Physics. In addition, Dr. Scherbakov attended the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow, where he received a Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics from its Lebedev Physics Institute and a Dr.Sci. degree in Laser Physics from its General Physics Institute. Dr. Scherbakov has been nominated to continue serving on the Board because of his position as manager of IPG Laser GmbH and because of his extensive technological knowledge of fiber lasers and components and the manufacturing process. His service as an executive officer of the Company provides the Board with a detailed understanding of the Company’s operations.
Timothy P.V. Mammen
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
Timothy P.V. Mammen has served as IPG's Chief Financial Officer since July 2000 and a Vice President since November 2000. Between May 1999 and July 2000, Mr. Mammen served as the Group Finance Director and General Manager of the United Kingdom operations for IPFD. Mr. Mammen was Finance Director and General Manager of United Partners Plc, a commodities trading firm, from 1995 to 1999 and prior to that he worked in the finance department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Mr. Mammen holds an Upper Second B.Sc. Honours degree in International Trade and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Chief Technology Officer of IPG, Deputy General Manager of NTO IRE-Polus and Director
Igor Samartsev has served as Chief Technology Officer since 2011 and has been a member of IPG’s Board since February 2006. Since 2005, he has also served as the Deputy General Manager of IPG’s Russian subsidiary, NTO IRE-Polus. He served as the Technical Director of NTO IRE-Polus from 2000 to April 2005 and, from 1993 to 2001, he was the Deputy Director of NTO IRE-Polus. Mr. Samartsev holds an M.S. in Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Mr. Samartsev is one of the founders of the Company and has a significant management role in the Company as Chief Technology Officer and as Deputy General Manager of IPG’s Russian subsidiary. The Board values Mr. Samartsev’s understanding of technology developments at the Company as well as IPG’s Russian operations. For these reasons, he has been nominated to continue serving on the Board.
Angelo P. Lopresti
General Counsel, Secretary and Vice President
Angelo P. Lopresti has served as IPG's General Counsel and Secretary and one of the Company's Vice Presidents since February 2001. Prior to joining IPG, Mr. Lopresti was a partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, he was a partner at the law firm of Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason from 1998 to 1999 and an associate there from 1991 to 1998. Mr. Lopresti holds a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.
William H. Shiner
Vice President - Industrial Markets
William Shiner has served as IPG's Vice President-Industrial Markets since March 2007 and as Director of Industrial Markets since August 2002. Prior to joining IPG, Mr. Shiner served as Chief Operating Officer for Convergent Prima from 1995 to 2002. Between 1980 and 1995, Mr. Shiner served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Coherent Industrial. In 1973, he co-founded Laser, Inc., which was acquired in 1980 by Coherent, Inc. Mr. Shiner holds a B.S.E.E. and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University and is a Fellow and past President of the Laser Institute of America.
Alexander Ovtchinnikov Ph.D.
Vice President - Components
Alexander Ovtchinnikov, Ph.D., has served as IPG's Vice President, Components, since September 2005 and as Director of Material Sciences from October 2001 to September 2005. Prior to joining IPG, Dr. Ovtchinnikov was Material Science Manager of Lasertel, Inc., a maker of high-power semiconductor lasers, from 1999 to 2001. For 15 years prior to joining Lasertel, Inc., he worked on the development and commercialization of high power diode pump technology at the Ioffe Institute, Tampere University of Technology, Coherent, Inc. and Spectra-Physics Corporation. He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Electrotechnical University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and a Ph.D. from Ioffe Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
George H. BuAbbud Ph.D.
Vice President - Telecommunications Products
George H. BuAbbud, Ph.D., Vice President, Telecommunications Products, joined IPG in July 2002. Prior to joining IPG, Dr. BuAbbud was Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for the Access Network Systems division of Marconi Communications, Inc. He was with Exxon, Reltec then Marconi for 17 years. He developed Marconi's widely deployed deep fiber broadband access platforms with connections to over 2 million subscribers in North America. He was concurrently an adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1993 to 2002. He holds a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut, a M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.