OXFORD, Mass. -- IPG Photonics Corp., a manufacturer of high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers for materials processing and other applications has appointed Jeanmarie Desmond and Natalia Pavlova to its board of directors, effective January 7, 2021. Igor Samartsev, the Company’s chief technology officer, is stepping down from his board seat.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeanmarie and Natalia to IPG’s board of directors,” said Dr. Valentin Gapontsev, chairman and CEO of IPG Photonics. “Jeanmarie’s broad financial expertise and experience in a large innovation-driven company will be invaluable to our efforts to capitalize on growth opportunities across our vertical and geographic markets. Natalia strengthens the connection between the Company’s founding members and our board, further aligning the board with the interests of all IPG stockholders. On behalf of the board and the entire company, I also would like to thank Igor for his 14 years of service as a director. We look forward to his continued contributions to IPG Photonics as our chief technology officer.”
Desmond is the former chief financial officer of DuPont. She was previously co-controller and head of finance for DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division, overseeing the division’s strategic planning, portfolio integration, and financial reporting. Prior to the merger of Dow and DuPont, Desmond served as vice president and controller of DuPont. During her more than 25 years with DuPont, she was responsible for a number of key strategic areas including finance leadership and operations, financial planning and analysis, tax, internal audit, accounting controls, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. Desmond will also become a member of the Audit Committee of the IPG Board.
Ms. Pavlova is the spouse of Mr. Samartsev and the former daughter-in-law of Dr. Gapontsev. In addition to her extensive knowledge of the Company’s history and corporate culture, Pavlova is a significant shareholder, with a demonstrated commitment to the Company’s long-term success.