Management

Management Team

Meet the people running ficonTEC internationally

Torsten Vahrenkamp, CEO

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

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.

Torsten is Chief Executive Officer of ficonTEC Service and 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.

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Matthias Trinker, CFO

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

Matthias graduated in business administration in 1997 from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien in Vienna, Austria. Before co-founding ficonTEC Service GmbH in 2001, he worked as a 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.

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Arne Bentfeldt, COO

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

Arne has a Diploma from the Fachhochschule Cologne in Photoengineering in cooperation with the Infineon Mask House in Munich, Germany. Before joining ficonTEC Service, Arne worked as Production Manager and Process Engineer at a German Contract Development Company for 10 years. He has been involved in the photonics industry since 2000, and in the meantime has gained more than 15 years of experience in product and process development of photonic components.

Arne started at ficonTEC as a Project Manager in January 2011 and has been Chief Operations Officer since January 2016.

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Ignazio Piacentini, Director of Business Development

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

Ignazio 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). 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).

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).

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

Dr. Thomas Danger, Director of Sales

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

Thomas studied Physics and has a Diploma and a Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg in the field of solid-state lasers. Before joining ficonTEC, he worked for many years in international sales in the fields of lasers and optical machines.

Thomas joined ficonTEC Service in July 2016, taking up the position of Director of Sales.

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Dr. Moritz Seyfried, Manager R&D

ficonTEC Service GmbH, Achim, Germany

Moritz holds a Master’s Degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, a diploma degree from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, as well as a Ph.D. from Bremen University, Germany, all in the field of semiconductor optics.
He has spent most of the last ten years working in the field of organic and inorganic semiconductor optics, ranging from basic research of light-matter interaction phenomenon to photonics product assembly.

Moritz joined ficonTEC Service in 2012 and since 2014 is the Manager of the ficonTEC R&D center, located next to the headquarter of ficonTEC Service GmbH in Achim, Germany.

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Soon Jang, CEO & President

ficonTEC (USA) Corporation, San Clemente, CA, USA

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). He 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 Jang is responsible for ficonTEC’s North America business operations, including Sales & Marketing and Business Development.

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Alex Cao, General Manager

ficonTEC Service GmbH (Shanghai) Co., Limited, Shanghai, PR China

Alex holds a Master’s 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. He initially started working with ficonTEC in 2003, responsible for the first of ficonTEC’s customers in China in 2004.

Since properly joining as General Manager of ficonTEC China, located in Shanghai, China, Alex has been responsible for Sales & Marketing of ficonTEC’s products and the growth of ficonTEC within China.

Jüri Karelson, Operational Manager

ficonTEC Eesti OÜ, Tallinn, Estonia

Jüri graduated with a Diploma in Engineering from Tallinn Technical University, Tallinn, Estonia, in 1984. Following this he worked within the telecommunications industry for many years in management and production roles in different countries around the world. From 1999 he worked for Telecom Operator Elisa and T2, as Director of Network and Member of the Board, where his main responsibilities were GSM/UMTS/4G radio network operations and development of the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania markets. Before joining ficonTEC, he worked from 2012 until 2016 as Executive Director for JOT Estonia Ltd., a Finnish company representation in Tallinn, Estonia.

Jüri took the role of ficonTEC Eesti Operational Manager in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2017.

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Kitisak Rakkarn, General Manager

ficonTEC Service (Thailand) Limited, Pathum Thani Province, Thailand

Kitisak holds a BE in Electronics Engineering and has more than 10 years of experience in electronics manufacturing. He joined ficonTEC in 2013 and was responsible for the first of ficonTEC’s customers in Thailand, and since then he has been responsible for Service and Support of ficonTEC’s products and the growth of ficonTEC within Thailand.

Kitisak is the General Manager of ficonTEC Service (Thailand) Limited, located in Pathum Thani Province, Thailand.

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