Elke Eckstein takes over worldwide opto-semiconductor production

Change in the management team at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

Regensburg, (PresseBox) - On July 1, 2008 Elke Eckstein took up her new post as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH in Regensburg. Her predecessor Jörg Thäle held this post from 2006 to April 2008 and has moved to the parent company OSRAM where he is now CEO of the Low Pressure Discharge Business Unit.

Elke Eckstein's career has been closely associated with the semiconductor sector. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor sector to her new position as well as extensive specialist knowledge. Most recently she was Vice President Manufacturing at AMD in Dresden where she was responsible for day-to-day operations at the world's most efficient semiconductor factory, F30/38. In her new function Elke Eckstein assumes responsibility for worldwide production - a crucial key position in the rapidly growing semiconductor sector.

Elke Eckstein also has several years of experience in management roles in prominent semiconductor manufacturers. Before moving to AMD, for example, she was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for three years at ALTIS Semiconductor, a joint venture between IBM and Infineon. As COO at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, this native Franconian is returning to her professional roots because she started her career in the Semiconductor Division of Siemens in Munich, to which OSRAM Opto Semiconductors belongs through its parent company OSRAM. She had already shown her strengths in technology development and product engineering at ProMOS Technology, an earlier joint venture between Infineon and Mosel Vitelic based in Taiwan.

Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH

OSRAM is part of the Industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world.Sales for the OSRAM group worldwide in the year ending September 30, 2007 totaled 4.7 billion euros, 88 percent of which came from outside Germany.OSRAM is a high-tech company in the lighting industry.Around 60 percent of sales come from energy-efficient products.This global player employs more than 41,000 people worldwide, supplies customers in some 150 countries and has 48 production facilities in 17 countries.

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