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Management changes in OSRAM's LED business in North America

1 June 2010 15.00 BST

(USA) - In a change to the OSRAM’s North America management team, Tom Shottes is now responsible for the new Solid State Lighting business segment at OSRAM Sylvania, with Don Klase stepping into his old role as CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc.

With these changes, OSRAM aims to reinforce its ambitions of taking a stronger market position in the field of solid state lighting and LEDs.
As Senior Vice President of the new Professional Lighting Solid State Lighting and Light Management System groups Shottes will be responsible for the development, marketing and sale of professional solid state lighting (SSL) solutions across North America.
“Tom Shottes is the ideal choice to lead OSRAM Sylvania’s professional SSL business,” said Rick Leaman OSRAM Sylvania president and CEO. “Tom’s many years of experience in LEDs and deep understanding of the lighting business are a powerful combination.”
Shottes started his career with OSRAM Opto Semiconductors in 1998, where among other positions, he worked in the area of LED for automotive lighting. Before becoming President of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc. Shottes was Vice President of Sales and Marketing with the company. Tom holds a degree in Business Administration from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Don Klase has worked in the semiconductor industry for 26 years and has held management positions of increasing responsibility in Sales and Marketing at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors Inc. In 1997, he joined Siemens Microelectronics and later transitioned to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors in 2004. Klase last held the post of Vice President of Sales at the OSRAM subsidiary. He holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University (Electrical Engineering Technology) and Linfield College (Management).


Tom Shottes (Right) with Don Klase

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