Basil Garabet of NKT Photonics joins EPIC board of directors

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Benno Oderkerk, president of EPIC (right) welcomes Basil Garabet to the EPIC board of directors

Basil Garabet, president & CEO of NKT Photonics, has joined the EPIC board of directors.

The announcement was made on 16 April 2020 at the EPIC Annual General Meeting, which was held online as a face-to-face meeting was not possible due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Garabet holds an MSc in Lasers and Their Applications and has an extensive 37 years of international management experience from leading positions in the photonics industry – previously with JK Lasers, EM4, Altitun, Melles Griot, Pirelli and Lasertron. Throughout his career Garabet has built and revitalised companies towards profit and growth.

On joining the EPIC board of directors, Garabet said: 'Over the years, EPIC has built a strong network of companies across the entire spectrum of the European photonics industry. Today, EPIC is a leading advocate in the industry with its trusted experts and leaders. I am privileged to be a part of EPIC board of directors and look forward to the commitment towards the growth of the photonics industry. I am very excited to work with EPIC towards this development.'

'It’s a privilege to have Basil join on our board of directors and to have his expertise and knowledge of the laser industry to EPIC association and its members,' said Benno Oderkerk, president of EPIC and CEO of Avantes. 'EPIC’s model of connecting the European photonics community worldwide is through collaboration and partnerships and we look forward to working with Basil to further promote photonic technologies and innovations in Europe.' 

2020 EPIC board of directors

⦁ Basil Garabet, president & CEO, NKT Photonics (Denmark)
⦁ Benno Oderkerk, CEO, Avantes (The Netherlands)
⦁ Christian Bosshard, vice president, CSEM (Switzerland)
⦁ Jan Meise, CEO, AMS Technologies (Germany)
⦁ Martin Schell, Director, Fraunhofer HHI (Germany)
⦁ Maurizio Gattiglio, vice president, Prima Electro, and chairman & CEO, Convergent Photonics (Italy)
⦁ Samuel Bucourt, CEO, Imagine Optics (France)

EPIC is a world leading industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organizations working in the field of photonics. Its members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, photovoltaic solar energy, photonics integrated circuits, optical components, lasers, sensors, imaging, displays, projectors, fibre optics and other photonics related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC currently represents close to 550 companies across 33 countries.