Distl steps down from Instrument Systems

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Dr Markus Ehbrecht has been appointed CEO of Instrument Systems. He will replace Richard Distl, who, 28 years after establishing Instrument Systems, will be leaving the company.

Distl started the company in 1986 in a spirit of the German youth science competition Jugend Forscht. Today, the company has a workforce of 148 employees and two sites in Germany. Over the past five years, Distl has led Instrument Systems through a phase of growth. A new record result for the company was achieved in the business year ended 31 March 2014 with sales totalling €53.7 million.

In December 2012, Distl sold the company to Tokyo, Japan-based Konica Minolta. Now that the transition phase has come to an end, he will be leaving the company on 31 May. ‘Even though I find it difficult to move on, it is now time to depart from Instrument Systems,’ said Distl. ‘I would like to thank all employees, customers and partners who have made this incredible success possible.’

Ehbrecht, a graduate physicist, who has been working in the executive management of Instrument Systems since January 2014 will take over the position of CEO. ‘We have found an experienced and capable successor in Dr Ehbrecht, who is ideally qualified to direct the company into the future,’ added Distl. ‘I myself will continue to remain associated with the company and the LED and display industry and I will continue to play an active role in a number of scientific bodies and committees.’