Andor announce new managing director

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Andor Technology, an Oxford Instruments company and specialist in scientific imaging and spectroscopy solutions, has announced the appointment of Gary Wilmot as managing director. He replaces Conor Walsh, who will be stepping down from the role as of 1 May.

Wilmot joined Andor in 2007 as director of engineering, trebling the size of the engineering team and leading the development of some of the most innovative products in the scientific imaging market. A Queen’s University graduate, Wilmot obtained an MSc from Cranfield Institute and an MBA from Warwick Business School where he majored on business strategy. More recently he attained the IOD Diploma in Company Direction.

Walsh joined the company in 2002 as finance director and company secretary and was instrumental in Andor’s listing on the London Stock Exchange in December 2004. He was appointed CEO in May 2007 and under his leadership revenue grew by 157 per cent and profitability by 407 per cent, resulting in an increase in the market value of Andor from £25m to £176m. The number of people employed in Andor also grew by over 200 to 410 employees worldwide.

In response to his appointment, Wilmot said: ‘Under Conor’s stewardship, Andor has become a globally successful company, and I am honoured and proud to follow him in leading such a dedicated team on the next step of our journey. We all thank Conor for his commitment to Andor and wish him every success. This is an exciting time as we continue our integration into Oxford Instruments. Our focus remains on our strategy for growth through the development of new products and I look forward to a successful future for our business.’

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