Edinburgh Instruments appoints CEO

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Edinburgh Instruments (EI), a manufacturer of photonics and electro-optics equipment and systems, has announced the appointment of Alan Faichney to the company's board of directors as chief executive officer.

As a highly experienced CEO, Faichney has been appointed to continue development of the business infrastructure and drive company growth. Faichney spent 21 years at Concept Systems as technical director and latterly managing director, building the business into one of the leading international suppliers of advanced IT systems, solutions and services to the E&P industry.

Following the acquisition of Concept Systems by Ion Geophysical (a leading, technology-focused seismic solutions provider) in 2004, Faichney joined Ion's management team as senior vice president in charge of companywide R&D. He left Ion Geophysical in 2008 to join the high-growth software company DEM Solutions as chief operating officer, where he concentrated his efforts on product development and management of the company infrastructure. He is also a non-executive director of OHM PLC and a director of the Scottish Charity Hatwalk.

EI founder and former CEO Professor S. D. Smith (OBE, FRS, and FRSE) remains as chief scientific officer, and as chairman of the company's board.

The company's vice chairman, professor Malcolm Peaker (FRS and FRSE), commented: 'Underpinned by a reputation as the world's leading supplier of lasers, spectrometers and gas sensor equipment, Edinburgh Instruments' markets continue to grow strongly. We are therefore pleased to be able to announce Alan's appointment to the board as a key element of our strategy. His proven track record in industry and depth of international business experience will accelerate our international growth.'