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Robert F. Spoerry

Chair of the Board

Robert F. Spoerry has been a director since October 1996. He has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the company since May 1998. He has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Spoerry was President and Chief Executive Officer of the company from 1993 to 2007 and served as its Executive Chair in 2008, and has been its non-executive Chair since 2009. Mr. Spoerry is also a Director and member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of Bystronic AG (formerly known as Conzzeta Holding AG), and also Sonova Holding AG, where he serves as Chair, since March 2011. 

As a former President and CEO of the company, Mr. Spoerry has long-standing experience in the global precision instrument industry and a deep knowledge of the company, including its organization, products, markets, customers, and competitors. He has a strong technical background and experience with innovation-driven companies. Mr. Spoerry has broad international experience across industries and businesses relevant to the company, including by virtue of his service on several other boards of directors.

Mr. Spoerry's deep understanding of the company, its markets, customers, and competitors, which was developed over more than 35 years of service, is a unique and valuable qualification that we believe provides a substantial benefit to the company and its shareholders.