Basil GarabetPresident and CEO
Basil holds an MSc in Lasers and Their Applications and has extensive international management experience from leading positions in the photonics industry. Previously with EM4, Altitun, and Melles Griot. Since 2013, Basil has been acting as a consultant specialising in revitalising companies towards profit and growth, including the successful turnaround and sale of JK Lasers on behalf of The GSI Group.
Carsten ThomsenVP Ultrafast Lasers
Carsten Thomsen has more than 20 years of experience within ultrafast laser. He joined us in 2004 focusing on development of supercontinuum technology in collaboration with industrial partners and has extensive knowledge within strategic product- and business development. He holds a PhD degree in chemical physics from Aarhus University and a business degree from Copenhagen Business School.
Christian Vestergaard PoulsenCTO
In 2001 Christian Vestergaard Poulsen joined NKT Photonics from IONAS, where he had focused on single frequency fiber laser and silica on silicon planar waveguides. Christian received his PhD degree from the Technical University of Denmark and has been a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. He further holds a MBA degree focusing on Technology Companies from Copenhagen Business School.
With us since 2017, Don comes to us from SPI Lasers, where he was the COO. He has extensive experience in laser manufacturing, automation and supply chain management and has previously worked for Agilent, Bookham and Marconi Optical Components. Don holds a Master’s Degree in Opto-electronics from the University of Strathclyde.
Kim Per HansenVP Strategic Marketing
Kim Hansen has been with the company since 2001. First as project and product manager in Crystal Fibre and since 2011 with the responsibility for global marketing and corporate communication. He has an engineering background in physics and telecommunication with a PhD from the Technical University of Denmark and comes from positions within the sensing and telecommunication industry.
Karen ScammellVP OEM Sales
With NKT Photonics since 2019, Karen Scammell is our VP of OEM Sales. Karen has significant experience leading sales and marketing teams globally to drive design-wins, revenue growth, and deliver long-term delighted customers. Karen has worked in plastics, telecom, analytical instrumentation, laser micromachining for life science and semiconductor markets. She has a BS in Engineering and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Mads has more than 20 years’ experience within corporate finance. He joined us in 2018 to strengthen our financial planning, and secure and improve profitability governance. Previously, Mads has worked in the US and China with companies such as Novo Nordisk and Novozymes. He has significant experience working with Board of Directors, Audit Committees and on multiple business boards.
Nicola DaviesVP Human Resource
Nicola Davies is a qualified HR Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK. She has extensive experience of managing multi-site, multi-cultural workforces and has worked in the Photonics industry for 20 years. Previously with GSI Group where she was responsible for leading HR in EMEA.
Pietro CorsaroVP LIOS Sensing
Pietro joined NKT Photonics in 2018 to act as Commercial Director for Lios Sensing. He has more than 20 years’ experience with HV cables and related monitoring systems. Pietro holds a Master Degree in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in Energetics, both from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. In January 2019 Pietro became General Manager at NKT Photonics GmbH.
Thomas OldemeyerSenior VP of Aerospace & Defense
Thomas Oldemeyer has been with NKT Photonics since 2006, where he started as CEO of LIOS Technology. Before this, Thomas was working as Sales Director for NSK. Thomas holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Paderborn. Since October 2017, Thomas is responsible for developing the Aerospace & Defense Market for NKT Photonics.
Wolfgang GriesVP Global Laser R&D
Wolfgang joined NKT Photonics as VP of Global Laser R&D leading our company-wide laser R&D activities since 2018. He comes to us with many years of industry experience from his time in various executive positions in companies like II-VI, Spectra-Physics, JDSU, and DirectPhotonics. Wolfgang Gries, graduated in Physics at the Technical University Berlin.