Pyreos, the Edinburgh-based passive infra-red sensor developer which is the only supplier of thin film pyroelectric sensors worldwide, has recruited Ken Williamson as VP of Operations.
Ken has an extensive career in semiconductors. After graduating in EEE, he worked initially for Nat Semi and in Switzerland for Micronas, Ascom and others. He then worked for Siemens in the UK & Germany and managed operations through successive acquisitions until the business became part of Atmel. He has worked for Atmel worked for many years in the US & UK, including several years running Conductive Inkjet in Cambridge.
Ken’s roles have included numerous process developments and transfers, product management, quality management, and several roles as Operations Director. Ken has also consulted and advised widely in the global semiconductor industry.
Andrew Wallace, Pyreos CEO, said: ”We are delighted that Ken, a returning Scot, has chosen to join us. He brings extensive experience of setting up and maturing complex semiconductor manufacturing and has worked in multiple languages and cultures. This breadth is important to our business, which has a global supply chain and which exports 91 per cent of sales and it is interesting that two thirds of our management team has lived outside the UK.
“Pyreos has started shipping samples of its new ezPyro digital sensor, the smallest digital pyroelectric device available, and has also just announced a strategic purchasing agreement with Parker Kittiwake, a subsidiary of Parker Hannefin, to provide sensors for oil analysis products.
“These developments and other news in the pipeline are driving significant volume growth and are the result of major product development initiatives across the Pyreos product range so Ken has plenty to work on. His experience in process and quality will help maintain the momentum of maturing Pyreos operations.
Callum Gordon, who has managed Operations since early 2015, will continue as an advisor to the company and Pyreos thanks him for his leadership.
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Pyreos is the world’s only supplier of thin-film pyroelectric sensors. The company develops and makes these infra-red sensors for use in a wide variety of industrial and consumer products ranging from devices that detect flames or analyse gases through to spectrometers which analyse foodstuffs, engine oils and blood, through to switches and other electronics that detect gestures and presence. The company was spun out from German multinational Siemens in 2007 following €10m (£7.5m) of research and development work and is based at the Scottish Microelectronics Centre in Edinburgh. The company has a portfolio of 148 patents.
Investors are Siemens Technology Accelerator (STA), Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH (RBVC), Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise), Seraphim Capital and London Business Angels.