Frank Zimone and Francis LeGasse join the two companies of the Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems in the US effective immediately.
The Jenoptik Group is currently looking to significantly enhance its defense business in the growing US market with the appointment of Frank Zimone as president of JENOPTIK Defense, Inc. and Francis LeGasse as president of JENOPTIK Advanced Systems, LLC. Under this new leadership, Jenoptik seeks to create new opportunities for growth and for strengthening production as well as research and development capabilities on site to best serve its top US clients in order to deliver world-class products like the Hybrid Power Supply for PATRIOT and the lightweight, uncooled, military observation device for the US Military.
Coming from a materials engineering background, Frank Zimone has more than 30 years of professional experience. An acknowledged expert in capital equipment and process implementation for precision optical coating systems, Zimone holds multiple patents and has published extensively. Prior to joining Jenoptik, he worked for Denton Vacuum, a manufacturer of thin film deposition systems. As president of Denton Vacuum, he grew the company from a small domestic (USA) boutique supplier to a worldwide organization with sales, service, and manufacturing in the United States and Asia. Frank has also served as president of the Society of Vacuum Coaters and is a Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu (National Honor Society for Engineering).
Francis LeGasse studied Electrical Engineering at Youngstown State University, Ohio and has gained comprehensive experience in systems engineering. Most recently, he was responsible for Systems Engineering at BAE Systems. As Technical Director and Functional Manager he assessed, managed and improved the technical vitality of the Systems Engineering Group. Francis has an established record of profitable, sustainable enterprise development and team building in support of private and government clients. Moreover, he brings a wealth of defense industry experience to Jenoptik due to his service at the US Army.
Working very closely with the Jenoptik Group’s US top management, both Frank and Francis will be responsible for taking the Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems division to a new trajectory of sustained expansion for critical US military applications. “Jenoptik is delighted to have appointed Frank Zimone and Francis LeGasse, two outstanding and visionary leaders for our key US companies. We are convinced that they will greatly contribute to and advance our ambitious plans in the North American market”, says Jenoptik CEO Michael Mertin.
Jena, Germany / Jupiter, Florida, September 16, 2014
About Jenoptik and the Defense & Civil Systems division
As an integrated optoelectronics group, Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems. Its customers around the world mainly include companies in the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industry, automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology as well as the aviation industry.
The Defense & Civil Systems division develops, produces and distributes mechatronic and sensor systems for civil and military applications. The portfolio ranges from individual assemblies, which customers then integrate into their systems, through to complete systems and end products. The division’s areas of competence are energy systems, optical sensor systems, stabilization systems, aviation subsystems and radomes & composites. Top-quality customer service ensures that the products are supported over their useful lives, which generally extend over many years.
The mechatronic products are used in drive, stabilization and energy systems for military and civil vehicle, rail and aircraft equipment. The competencies also extend across the technical focus areas of software development, metrology and control systems. The sensor systems include infrared camera systems and laser rangefinders and are primarily used in automation technology, environmental metrology, safety technology and military reconnaissance.
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