We have a world-class, highly-experienced management team with a wide range of industrial, semiconductor and general vacuum technology expertise.
Geert Follens became President of Vacuum Solutions
Division in January 2014 following the successful acquisition of Edwards into
the Atlas Copco Group. He has a proven record in running dynamic businesses
with different challenges and also played an instrumental role within Atlas
Copco during the acquisition of Edwards.
Geert joined Atlas Copco in 1995 as purchasing
manager in the Industrial Air division. His responsibilities were later
extended to include production in the capacity of supply chain manager. In 2000
he became general manager of the customer centre Atlas Copco Compressors Ltd.,
In 2004 he was appointed division president for the Portable Energy
division and in 2012 he became division president for the Industrial Air
division. He is currently based in Edwards UK Head Office. Geert holds a Master
of Science in Electrical Engineering and Power Generation from the University
of Leuven, Belgium.
joined Edwards in 1999 in the position of Group Controller. Prior to joining
Edwards, he spent 9 years at APV plc working as an Internal Auditor, UK
Financial Controller and finally as Group Chief Accountant.
In 2002, Gary
relocated to Singapore to take up the position of Finance Director, Asia. In
2006, he moved to Korea, where he held a number of senior positions for Edwards
and was also a director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea and a
special Ambassador for Foreign Investment for Chungnam Province.
Gary returned to the UK to take up the position of VP for Finance. Gary has a
bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in
Organisational Behaviour from University College Dublin and is member of the
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Sue joined Edwards in
2000 and has held a number of global Human Resources roles including Global
Human Resources Business Partner, Human Resources Partner Europe and Human
Resources Partner Enabling and Semi.
Prior to joining Edwards, Sue held a
number of generalist human resources roles at the Co-operative Society and for
British Airports Authority at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
Sue holds a degree
in Home Economics and Food Science from the University of Wales and is a
chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Malcolm joined Edwards in 1984 as a Graduate Engineer and has held the
position of VP, Operations since 2015.
In this role, Malcolm is responsible for driving Operational Excellence programs across our Global Operations and Product Companies to ensure the needs of our customers and the business units are met.Prior to this, as VP, Quality, Malcolm implemented a Global Quality Program across Edwards and prior to that was based in Korea where he established our world class Dry Pump manufacturing facility. Malcolm has an extensive amount of global operational and general management experience, gained across a broad range of Edwards’ product portfolio. Malcolm has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds.
Ian joined Edwards as a graduate engineer in 1993. He has held a number of senior roles over the years, most recently as Director of Technology.
Ian was appointed VP, Technology in February 2016, responsible for all Vacuum Solutions pump and abatement technology. Ian has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Warwick University.
Neil joined Edwards in 1986 and was appointed
Vice President, High Vacuum in 2015.
During his career with Edwards, Neil
has held roles in procurement and manufacturing management in the UK and was
based in Asia for more than 23 years, most recently as President, Asia Pacific.
During his time in Asia, Neil successfully
managed projects to build factories in Korea and Japan and played a key role in
setting up Edwards’ service support and business development organisations
across the region. Neil was a key member of the project team that led the Seiko
Neil holds a BSc in Metals
and Materials Technology from Manchester University.
Koen was appointed Vice President of Utility
Vacuum within the newly formed Vacuum Solutions Division in 2014.
Koen joined Atlas Copco’s Airpower division
in 1997 and spent 10 years in a number of engineering and management roles
before taking up the position of Business
at Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH in Germany
where he had responsibility for growing the industrial compressor
2010 Koen was appointed Vice President Marketing and Sales in the Industrial
Air Division where he created and implemented a growth strategy by diversifying
into vacuum and industrial gas markets.
Koen has a Masters
in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven and an
MBA from University of Antwerp Management School.
Mike joined Edwards in 2008 and is
responsible for delivering our strategy within the semiconductor and emerging
technologies sectors. Prior
to joining Edwards, Mike was with KLA-Tencor, a leading equipment maker within
the Semiconductor industry where he held various senior positions in global services,
sales and marketing.
He currently holds
an advisory board position with the European Semiconductor Manufacturers’
Association. Mike graduated with an Honours degree in Electrical and Electronic
Engineering from the University of Glasgow.
Steve joined Edwards in 2012
and is responsible for delivering our service strategy. Prior to this, Steve worked
for more than 27 years at Honeywell Limited in a number of different
international roles, including leadership of its Asia Pacific and Europe,
Middle East, Africa and India Service businesses.
Steve has a Master of Business
and Technology degree from the University of New South Wales.
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