As of May 04, 2021 Eugene A. Scherbakov Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director of IPG Laser GmbH, Senior Vice President, Europe and Director, succeeds Valentin P. Gapontsev, Ph.D., as IPG Photonics CEO. Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, founder of the Company, CEO and Chairman of the Board, becomes Executive Chairman and continues his involvement in directing research and development and strategy.
“Dr. Scherbakov’s technological knowledge as well as extensive understanding of the Company's operations, sales and customers contributed significantly to IPG’s success since he joined us in 1995,” said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev. “Dr. Scherbakov’s leadership at our German operations and expertise resulted in operational excellence and lower production costs for our vertical integration model, making fiber laser technology more cost competitive with traditional materials processing technologies, while preserving IPG’s strong profitability and industry-leading margins.” Dr. Gapontsev continued, “The technology and product opportunities for IPG are enormous and I look forward to spending more time on our technical strategy. It's an exciting evolution for me and a very good transition for the Company.”
“I feel extremely privileged to become the next CEO of this great company,” said Dr. Scherbakov. “I look forward to continuing the strategy of Dr. Gapontsev and building on the strong foundation he set in place. We are lucky that he will continue as Executive Chairman.”
“It is hard to overstate Dr. Gapontsev’s contribution to fiber lasers and IPG, as an inventor, entrepreneur and visionary,” said John Peeler, Lead Independent Director. “This implements the succession plan discussed by the IPG Board for some time. Dr. Scherbakov is uniquely qualified for his new role.”
Dr. Scherbakov has served as Managing Director of IPG Laser GmbH, IPG’s German subsidiary, since August 2000, Senior Vice President-Europe since February 2013 and Chief Operating Officer since February 2017. He has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2000.