Coherent (COHR) Unveils Executive Leadership Changes

By Amit Chowdhry ● August 4, 2020
  • Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR) President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Mattes has announced several changes to its leadership team

Coherent, Inc. (NASDAQ: COHR) President and Chief Executive Officer Andy Mattes has announced several changes to its leadership team. This includes EVP & Chief Operating Officer Mark Sobey now overseeing both the ILS and OLS business units under his leadership to increase operational best practices sharing and create efficiencies. And Coherent announced the appointment of its first Chief Marketing Officer.

David Gee is joining Coherent as SVP and CMO to help drive and support the company’s sales and go-to-market strategy and accelerate its digital transformation. Gee brings over two decades of sales and marketing leadership experience in international technology companies. Most recently, he worked as CMO at Imperva, a leading cybersecurity company. And previously, he worked as CMO of Zuora, Infoblox, and held senior marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, and IBM.

Plus the company is also announcing that Thomas Merk, Executive Vice President, ILS, will begin his retirement transition effective October 2020. Merk joined the company as part of the acquisition of Rofin-Sinar, Inc. where he had been Chief Executive Officer.

“As we embark on our good-to-great journey, I am excited to welcome David to Coherent. We will benefit from his extensive digital marketing experiences in a world that has fundamentally changed. We recognized this shift early on in the COVID pandemic and are investing to build a better and more efficient Coherent,” said Mattes. “Finally, on behalf of the entire Coherent family, I want to thank Thomas for his years of service and dedication to our company and wish him well in retirement.”

Launched in 1966, Coherent is known as one of the world’s leading providers of lasers and laser-based technology for scientific, commercial, and industrial customers.