Intense has appointed Kevin Laughlin as its chief executive

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Semiconductor laser developer Intense has appointed Kevin Laughlin to the position of chief executive officer.

Previously he was Intense’s chief commercial officer and worked to consolidate the company's Glasgow, Scotland and North Brunswick, New Jersey business units. A 26-year veteran of the industry, Laughlin has experience of laser design, optics applications and has worked in senior positions in product management, sales, and marketing.

‘Post-consolidation we will continue to invest in technology, people, and product development that will keep us at the forefront of the diode laser market space,’ said Laughlin.

He started work at Intense in 2006 joining as sales vice president. In 2007 he became global sales and business development vice president when Intense bought New Jersey-based High Power Devices. Laughlin is also a former chairman of the industrial laser advisory board for the laser processing consortium at Pennsylvania State University's Applied Laser Research Laboratory.