USA: FARO the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for 3D manufacturing, construction BIM, 3D design, public safety forensics, and photonics applications, has announced the appointment of Michael D. Burger as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective June 17, 2019. Mr. Burger succeeds Dr. Simon Raab, who previously announced his intent to retire as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors upon the appointment of his successor. Dr. Raab will retire from his positions with the Company on June 16, 2019.
Mr. Burger brings to FARO over 20 years of experience as a global executive in the industrial technology sector. Mr. Burger most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative laser-based microfabrication solutions for industries reliant on microtechnologies, from October 2016 to February 2019, when it was acquired by MKS Instruments, Inc.
Prior to joining Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., Mr. Burger was President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Cascade Microtech, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced wafer probing, thermal and reliability solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of high performance semiconductor devices. Mr. Burger holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a certificate from the Stanford University International Executive Management Program. Throughout his career, Mr. Burger has driven significant growth for the businesses he has led with scaling growth strategies, while preserving core values that are critical to the long-term sustainability of a business.
“Michael is a dynamic leader with significant experience in areas important to FARO’s future, including strategic growth initiatives, technical R&D leadership and diverse sales and distribution channels,” stated John Donofrio, Chairman of FARO’s Board of Directors. “Michael is a seasoned executive with extensive experience successfully transforming industrial technology companies. His proven strategic, financial and operational capabilities, combined with his strong commitment to growth, will position FARO for long-term success. The Board looks forward to working closely with Michael as we enter an exciting new chapter for FARO.”
Mr. Burger added, “I am honored and excited to lead FARO, which has an established reputation for technology innovation and compelling opportunities for strategic growth. Over the past few years, FARO has transformed into a vertically-aligned sales organization driven by accelerated product introductions. Our next chapter will leverage our entrepreneurial background and commitment to seeking new pathways for market disruption as we search for ways to drive growth and strategic differentiation in our vertical markets.”
Regarding Dr. Raab’s retirement, Mr. Donofrio stated, “We are deeply grateful for Simon’s leadership of the Board and FARO over many decades of valued service and the many accomplishments during his long career at the company he co-founded. He is a visionary leader who led FARO to new heights and leaves the Company with an impressive legacy, a healthy balance sheet, and a strong foundation for future growth.”