Marisa Edmund succeeds Robert Edmund as chairman

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Edmund Optics has appointed Marisa Edmund as chairman of the board of directors, succeeding Robert Edmund as he retires.

Marisa has more than 25 years of experience in the photonics industry with Edmund Optics as a global leader in direct marketing, sales, organisational development, and strategic planning. 

Marisa obtained her BSBA from Georgetown University School of Business, receiving top honors, and then pursued her Master's in Business Studies at Stockton University. She is a senior member of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Marisa has also served as vice chair to the board of directors since October 2020.

This year, Marisa established the Advancing Women in Optics Scholarship at the University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences. 

Marisa will continue to serve as chief sales and marketing officer for Edmund Optics, taking the lead in expanding Edmund Optics' global sales presence, partnerships, and customer collaboration.

'I am delighted and honored to transition Chairman responsibilities to Marisa,' noted Robert Edmund, previous chairman. 'With her extensive experience, strong leadership qualities, and inspiring vision, Marisa is uniquely positioned to guide Edmund Optics into the future. I am also very proud to see our Edmund family legacy continue.'

Marisa Edmund added: 'I am eager to work with the board of directors and executive staff to evolve our business to meet the complex and changing needs of our customers. I have great passion for this industry and company, and am honoured to drive optical innovation towards a better future. I am thankful for my grandfather, Norman Edmund, who founded the company, and especially grateful for my father, who has mentored and guided me over the last 45 years.

'I also want to express my appreciation to our extraordinarily talented and engaged employees who work every day to build our culture of service, creativity, empowerment, and team-based decision making,' she said. 

Edmund Optics has been family owned and private for 80 years - that legacy will now continue with the appointment of Marisa Edmund as Chairman of the Board. Robert will remain on the Board as a Director and will maintain his engagement with SPIE, key optics programs at the University of Arizona, and by working on a history of Edmund Optics.