PowerPhotonic, experts in the field of high precision micro-optics, today announces that Steve Kidd has joined PowerPhotonic as Head of Sales and Marketing.
Steve joins PowerPhotonic from SPI Lasers, a division of TRUMPF, and brings with him a wealth of commercial and technical experience in lasers and optics. After completing university with a PhD from Heriot-Watt University, he joined Melles Griot in 1995. There, he progressed through a series of engineering and business development roles that culminated in him leading the transition of Melles Griot UK to Thorlabs. In 2008, Steve moved to continue business development activities for EM4, which was then acquired by Gooch & Housego. While at EM4/G&H, Steve led a significant expansion of the business into new Aerospace and Defence sectors. For the last 6 years, Steve was at JK Lasers, which was bought by SPI Lasers in 2015. There he led the high-power CW fiber laser business line, as it grew in the laser cutting, welding and additive manufacturing sectors.
Roy McBride, Managing Director of PowerPhotonic said, “we are very pleased to have Steve join the PowerPhotonic team. Steve’s knowledge and experience of lasers and optics will be invaluable to the team as the company continues to grow.”