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The Senior Management Team is responsible for the leadership, strategy and priorities of the organisation, for the delivery of the Business Plan and Budget, and for the overall day to day running of the business.
To find out more about our leadership team click on the photo’s in the organisation chart shown below.
Dr. Thomas Fehn received his PhD in Physics from the University of Bayreuth, “magna cum laude“, where he carried out research on Optoelectronics, Laser Technology & Spectroscopy, Chemistry.
He then went on to work for LINOS Photonics Munich from 1998 – 2005 where he held a number of senior positions, ultimately being appointed Vice President Operations & GM Göttingen facility.
In 2006, Dr. Fehn joined Jenoptik AG as Vice President of their Laser Technology Division and was made Executive Vice President of the Lasers & Material Processing division just 2 years later in 2008.
In June 2015, Dr. Fehn was appointed CEO of SPI Lasers UK Ltd, bringing his extensive industry experience and market knowledge to the team. Dr Fehn said “I am very pleased to be joining the SPI Lasers team at this exciting time in their development; I am committed to continuing to lead the company forward in the Fiber Laser and Photonics marketplace.
Thomas Reinauer has been CFO of SPI Lasers, since he joined the company in 2009. He is responsible for all financial affairs, IT infrastructure and the product support service for the company.
Thomas received his Diploma Kaufmann (FH) degree in 1999, from the FHO in Emden. Soon after receiving this he joined the TRUMPF Group, one of the world’s leading companies for machine tools, Lasers and electronics for industrial applications.
During his career with TRUMPF he has held positions within several organisations in Germany and abroad with changing responsibilities. Before he joined SPI Lasers, he was assigned to TRUMPF Inc. US where he successfully supported the transition of the entities in Princeton (US, NJ) and Monterrey (Mexico) from a start up to fully operational organisations.
Don has responsibility for Laser Build and Customer Services. In this role he leads our procurement final assembly and transactional information services for both the supply side and delivery functions of SPI Lasers.
Before joining SPI, Don was Manufacturing Manager for Assembly and Test of Tunable Lasers with Marconi Optical Components (now Bookham Technology) and also for 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s integrated transmitters. Prior to Marconi, Don spent 11 years with Agilent Technologies (formerly BT&D) with responsibilities for high-reliability submarine pump lasers and EDFA products and latterly was Product Manager for 980nm Submarine Pump Lasers.
Dr. Mark Greenwood is CTO of SPI Lasers; he joined SPI in 2015 as part of the acquisition of JK Lasers where he was responsible for establishing JK’s Fiber Laser technology base and product portfolio.
In his role at SPI Lasers, Mark has wide ranging responsibilities for the current and future technology platform for the company and is extensively involved with our customers and the Laser community.
Educated at the University of Bristol, where he received his PhD, Mark has since gained over 20 years experience in developing Lasers for a wide range of applications and industries and has had leadership roles in a range of Laser businesses. At Spectron Lasers he served as Technical Director prior to becoming Managing Director in 1998 until its acquisition by GSI Group in 2003. He served as Technical Director in GSI’s Laser Division until 2011 when he became General Manager of JK Lasers and latterly Senior Director of Laser Technology for GSI Group.
Graham joined SPI in 2010 and is responsible for all Human Resources policies and practices globally, from recruitment and on-boarding through to training, development and employee engagement as well as the development of the organisation.
Since graduating from Warwick University with an Industrial Economics degree, Graham has built over 25 years experience as an HR professional within Hi-Tech Industries.
Following on from HR roles with Lucas Industries and Pirelli Cables, Graham joined Philips Semiconductors in 2000 and went on to hold a number of International HR Manager and HR Business Partner roles. Latterly, Graham was UK HR Manager for NXP Semiconductors which was divested from Philips, where he stayed until 2010.
Graham is also an avid sports fan and will be found at St Mary’s at every opportunity supporting his local football team.
Dr. Steve Norman joined SPI Lasers in 2000 as UK Operations Director and was responsible for establishing SPI’s UK operations, in particular, the Hedge End fiber-manufacturing facilities.
Steve has played a pivotal role in the development and qualification of the company’s high-power Fiber Laser products and in 2006 was appointed Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Following the acquisition of JK Lasers in 2015 Steve made the decision to hand over his role as CTO to allow him to spend more time with his family, subsequently taking on the role of Technical Consultant.
In this role, Steve has wide ranging responsibilities for the current and future technology platform for the company as well as remaining heavily involved with both our customers and the wider Laser community.
Steve Norman has over 30 years experience in advanced optical fiber technology, received his PhD from the University of Southampton, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Dr Jack Gabzdyl is VP of the Pulsed Business Line at SPI Lasers, with expert knowledge in industrial Lasers and more than 30 years of laser materials processing experience. Jack is widely published with over 50 technical conference papers and articles/publications and has given a number of technology based international webinars.
Jack has a degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science and obtained a PhD in laser material processing from Imperial College London in 1989, focusing on developments in laser cutting.
He has since held a number of technical and marketing positions at: Center for Industrial Research (Oslo), BOC Gases, Advanced Laser Solutions and The Welding Institute (TWI) before joining SPI Lasers in 2007. Whilst at SPI Jack has held a number of positions prior to his current position: Business Development Manager, Product Line Manager and VP Sales & Marketing. In addition to his current role Jack is also responsible for Marketing and European Sales.
Jack is actively involved in the wider promotion of laser technology being chair of the UK Make it With Laser programme and a committee member of the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) for many years. He is still chair of the AILU Special Interest Group for micro and nano laser processing.
Dr. Stephen Kidd is the VP of the CW Business Line of SPI Lasers; he joined SPI in 2015 as part of the acquisition of JK Lasers.
In his role at SPI Lasers, Steve has leadership of a wide portfolio of CW Lasers from 100W to multi-kW’s, with the responsibility to develop worldwide sustainable growth across a range of industrial Laser material processing applications.
Steve has an extensive background in Lasers, having first started using Lasers and fiber optics for industrial applications at Heriot-Watt University, where he received his PhD in 1994.
He then began working as a product design engineer at Melles Griot, and went on to become Managing Director of its UK operations. He oversaw the sale of Melles Griot’s UK business to Thorlabs in 2004. In 2008 Steve joined EM4 to develop its business in Europe, and transferred to Gooch & Housego when they bought EM4 in 2011. In 2013 Steve joined JK Lasers where he was responsible for business development.
Job Title: Manufacturing Engineering Group Leader
Joined the SPI Team: 01/08/2011
There is no single best thing about my role within SPI Lasers because the rewards are very varied. As a Manufacturing Engineering Group Lead, I have a role which requires me to interact with every department within SPI to make changes which affect products, processes, and personnel.
As a leader of a team, my responsibilities including guiding and driving my team to meet business demands in a fast paced production environment, as well as introducing new processes and technologies from our Research and Development department. It is very satisfying to work as part of a collaborative team, to see new projects rise from initial concepts right through to production environments and customer products.
Job Title: SYNCHRO Specialist
Joined the SPI Team: 15/01/2001
I am the SYNCHRO Specialist on-site at SPI Lasers.
SYNCHRO is the synchronisation of Man, Material, Machine & Market.
SYNCHRO uses Lean Manufacturing tools & methodologies to eliminate waste from processes, to increase efficiency (doing more with the same resource) and effectiveness (meeting customer demand EVERY time).
In 2001 I joined Southampton Photonics as a Mechanical Design Engineer. I spent many years designing Fiber Lasers until moving into a Project Management role for New Product Introduction projects in 2007. At that time I learned many news things about manufacturing, and how design interacts with Production processes.
An opportunity to become the Product Support Manager arose in 2009 which helped me to see the Lasers from a very different point of view. I saw the Lasers as metal, optics and screws previously.
Our customers saw a red box that didn’t work in their process. I spent 18 months managing a global team of eight engineers attempting to implement policies to assist decision making in a very dynamic environment.
In October 2011 I travelled to Ditzingen (Germany) to start training as a SYNCHRO Specialist. Eight weeks of training in five TRUMPF sites over six months gave a superb grounding in understanding SYNCHRO and Lean manufacturing. Since then TRUMPF have introduced ‘SYNCHRO plus’ which helped deepen my understanding of the application of SYNCHRO.
In my role; I assist improvement projects, train my colleagues, teach and develop employees on the shop floor and coach people to deepen their understanding and application of SYNCHRO to both Production and Office processes.
Job Title: Customer Services Manager (Rugby – UK)
Joined the SPI Team: 15/04/2015
It is difficult to describe any day as typical in customer service as each day is driven by customer specific needs. A customer’s requirement can vary from routine quotes for spare parts to the more complex need for letters of credit, export licenses and certificate of movement and origin. There are internal meetings to make sure we meet customer deadlines and visits from carriers to ensure we can offer the most competitive prices for shipping our products.
In short customer service is never dull, sometimes challenging and sometimes taxing but after a good day, very rewarding.
Job Title: Senior Process Development Engineer
Joined the SPI Team: 04/07/2011
I joined SPI Lasers in 2011 as a process development engineer having previously developed my career in various semiconductor companies as a process engineer. It was therefore a step into a relatively new field of expertise to join a Fiber Laser company. This role allowed me to combine my physics education with my process engineering skills to realise a role in a field relatively new to me. It was therefore a very steep learning curve to get on top of the science and technologies unique to Fiber Laser manufacture. SPI has a core of highly competent technical staff that were happy to share their knowledge and help me develop the scientific understanding required to fulfill this role while the job naturally provided new hands on skills associated with Fiber Laser development.
SPI has also allowed me to develop personally and take my career forward by giving me the responsibility of managing the process development team. As well as the hands on experience of managing a team of engineers and technicians SPI has invested in my skills by providing the opportunity to go on a leadership development course providing valuable training in management skills and techniques.