Intense announces new executive appointments

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Intense, the Glasgow-based developer of semiconductor lasers, has announced that Berthold Schmidt has been appointed CEO of the company. Scott Christie, former CEO, has stepped up to become executive chairman of the company's board. Schmidt, in his new role as CEO, has promoted Kevin Laughlin to chief commercial officer, widening Laughlin's current remit to take global responsibility for all business development, sales, and marketing activity

'Berthold joined Intense in 2008 and has made a significant contribution to the development of the company since,' stated Christie. 'I am delighted that someone with his reputation in the market and strong blend of technical and commercial skills is in place to drive the business forward globally. I am also pleased to see that he has moved quickly to shape his management team. I look forward to Kevin's increasing influence in the business.'