Management Team

Torsten Vahrenkamp, CEO

ficonTEC Service GmbH

Torsten is one of the co-founders of the company. When founding the company in 2001, the goal was to provide automatic and semi-automatic assembly and test solutions for the photonics industry. Torsten holds a Diploma for Applied Laser Technologies from the University of Applied Sciences in Emden, Germany in 1998. During further work at the Institute of Laser Technology in Emden and University of Loughborough, UK, he built a fully automatic laser lithography system for rapid generation of microstructures in submicron dimensions. He also developed a process to generate the world’s first in-glass diffractive optics using ion exchange processes in gradient refractive index glass, and which is still used today for the generation of waveguides in glass.


Matthias Trinker, CFO

ficonTEC Service GmbH

Matthias graduated in business administration in 1997 from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Vienna, Austria. Before co-founding ficonTEC Service GmbH in 2001, he worked at Siemens as financial controller for Siemens Thailand from 1997 until 2001. Matthias is Chief Financial Officer and actively involved in the on-going expansion of the company.


Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development

ficonTEC Service GmbH

Ignazio Piacentini took up the position of Director of Business Development at ficonTEC Service GmbH in Achim, Germany in August 2015, after previously heading up the Photonics Devices Assembly Business Unit at PI miCos GmbH (Physik Instrumente Group).

Before relocating to Germany, he directed ImagingLab Srl, in Lodi, Italy, an engineering/consulting company specialized in machine vision and advanced robotics. He also held the position of Business Development Manager Europe for imaging and motion of National Instruments Austin, TX/USA from 1999 to 2003.

During this time, he also served two 3-year mandates as a member of the Board of Directors of EMVA (European Machine Vision Association).

Before joining the machine vision industry in the early ‘90’s, he has spent many years working for the European Commission (Euratom) designing control and data acquisition systems for large-scale thermonuclear fusion experimental projects, including a long spell at the JET Joint Undertaking (Culham Labs, UK).

He has a B.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering (Milan, Italy, 1975) and a M.Sc. degree in Digital Systems and Instrumentation (Polytechnic of Central London, UK, 1987).


Soon Jang, CEO & President

ficonTEC (USA) Corporation

Soon Jang has worked in the photonics/opto-electronics industry for over 27 years, which he combines with a unique combination of technical expertise and business management experience in the field. His experience ranges from working for a Fortune 1000 company to a mid-sized public company, as well as for start-ups at various stages as a key engineer, co-founder, executive, and ‘intra-preneur’. Soon has led various fiber-optics industry standardization committees, and co-developed various device technology programs with major universities and related renowned research institutions.

Soon has an MBA from the University of California at Irvine (UCI), a Ph.D./MSEE in Quantum Electronics, and a BS in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Soon Jang is responsible for ficonTEC’s North America business operations, including Sales & Marketing and Business Development.


Alex Cao, General Manager

ficonTEC Service GmbH (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Alex Cao is the General Manager of ficonTEC China, located in Shanghai, China. Alex Cao holds a Master Degree in IT, and has more than 10 years of experience in the semiconductor conductor (IC testing and burn-in) and also more than 10 years of experience in photonics automation systems and components, especially for Telecom, Datacom and HPDL.
Alex Cao started working with ficonTEC in 2003, and joined the company in 2014. Alex was responsible for the first of ficonTEC’s customers in China in 2004, and since then he has been responsible for Sales & Marketing of ficonTEC’s products and the growth of ficonTEC within China.