Azzurro completes management team to drive the company into the next growth stage

July 6, 2011
Date Announced: 06 Jul 2011 Magdeburg, Germany - AZZURRO Semiconductors, a pioneer and leader in GaN-on-Si technology has won three high profile industry veterans to complete its management team: long-term executive Andrew Bowd as VP Finance, Asian market maven Erwin Ysewijn as VP Sales & Marketing and former Siemens/Osram senior manager Dr. Stephan Lutgen as VP Technology. The three Vice Presidents will play a crucial role in driving the innovation leader into the next growth stage: The global roll-out of epitaxial wafers for LED and power semiconductor applications. The use of AZZURRO’s large diameter GaN-on-Si-wafers will allow the industry to facilitate standard production sites and to realize massive cost savings.Erwin Wolf, CEO of AZZURRO, says: “We are proud that we have convinced such high-calibre executives to join our management team. Remarkably for a young company, this team is composed out of a series of high profile industry veterans. It is now essential to capitalize on experienced people to propel AZZURRO on the global stage and deliver world class technology.”Andrew Bowd, VP Finance, Andrew is a 25 year chemical and semiconductor industry experienced professional. He has a very strong understanding of technology due to being a Physicist and Chartered Electrical Engineer. Andrew has held key senior leadership roles in Manufacturing, R & D and Sales & Marketing in the UK, Germany and the USA with ICI, AstraZeneca and Advanced Micro Devices. Erwin Ysewijn, VP Sales & Marketing, Erwin started his marketing and sales career in 1989 working at Hitachi Semiconductors getting familiar with Japanese and international business culture. Since then the spent most of his time in large parts of Asia, covering among others, Korea, India, Taiwan and China, working on marketing, sales and strategic M & A projects, excelling in intercultural topics and growing the business. In his last position before joining AZZURRO he was heading the global marketing activities at Lantiq.Dr. Stephan Lutgen, VP Technology, studied physics/Ph. D. at University Marburg/Berlin. Stephan is an entrepreneurial executive with some 13 years of opto-electronic semiconductor products experience in international production, engineering and customer driven business at Siemens/Osram OS. He developed a variety of commercial opto-electronic products ranging from LEDs, V(E)CSEL and edge emitting IR and visible lasers for communication, illumination, sensing, material processing and visible-laser-projection. He is an expert in personal management, coaching and project leading of strategic development and funding of international projects with a strong technical III-V-semiconductor background and MOVPE experience.About AZZURRO SemiconductorsPrivately held AZZURRO Semiconductors is a strongly growing semiconductor company. Having pioneered the growth of gallium nitride on silicon substrates using metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) AZZURRO is providing its customers worldwide with epiwafers for LED, high-voltage and high-frequency applications. AZZURRO’s unique capability to grow very thick (8 micron) high-quality gallium nitride on large area silicon substrates (currently 150 mm) enables cost breakthroughs for high-brightness LEDs and other GaN-based devices.

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