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David Nislick: Company grew with divestment, acquisitions

What started as a spinoff has now expanded into new markets in fast-growing areas, says the Excelitas CEO.

20 May 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201405.01

David Nislick is the Chief Executive Officer of Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global manufacturer of photonics components and subsystems focusing on lighting, detection and other high-performance technology needs of OEM customers.

Prior to being named CEO of Excelitas, he served as the first president of the Illumination and Detection Solutions business unit of PerkinElmer. As a result of Veritas Capital's acquisition of the business in November 2010, he was appointed CEO of the newly re-launched company. Nislick's prior experience in the photonics industry over the past 20 years includes leadership positions at Axsun Technologies, Oak Industries and Corning. A former investment banker and corporate development executive, David executed 8 M&A transactions over the past 9 years, including the recently acquired Lumen Dynamics and Qioptiq. Integrating these latest acquisitions offer the challenge and opportunity to transform Excelitas, which has 22 manufacturing locations and over 5,000 employees worldwide, into one of the largest and broadest technology portfolio providers in the photonics industry.

David holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Business Economics from Harvard Business School.