3 April 2017
Ushio America and Necsel IP announce integration
Ushio America Inc of Cypress, CA, USA (a subsidiary of Ushio Inc of Tokyo, Japan that manufactures specialty and general illumination lighting solutions) and Necsel Intellectual Property Inc of Milpitas, CA, USA (which manufactures visible lasers and laser systems for the projection, endoscope, bio instrumentation, industrial and life sciences markets, and which became a fully owned Ushio company in December 2010) have announced the integration of both companies to offer a full spectrum of light sources including lamps, LEDs, lasers, drivers, systems and services. Ushio America will operate as a matrix organization consisting of four individual business units: Solid State Solutions, Semiconductor and Industrial Solutions, Specialty Lighting Solutions, and General Lighting Solutions.
William F. Mackenzie (who most recently served at Necsel IP as founder, chairman, president and CEO, and later as group executive officer of Ushio Inc) will lead Ushio America Inc as president & CEO. Shinji Kameda will serve as chief operating officer (COO), running the four business units of the new matrix organization.
“I look forward to working with them to create this new solution-driven and one-stop shop for all types of light source solutions,” says Mackenzie about Ushio. “I have been working closely with Ushio Inc in Tokyo and other Ushio group companies for the last eight years,” he adds.
“I have been working with William for the last several months, but I have known him for several years, and watched the successful and profitable growth of Necsel,” comments Kameda. “Our ideas are in alignment, so this is an exciting opportunity for both Ushio America and Necsel,” he believes.
Mackenzie has over 30 years of international business experience in executive management, marketing, engineering and operations, since beginning his career in 1987 in engineering at Motorola Semiconductors in the UK. He has since served as CEO and in various executive management roles in both public and private companies ranging from small, innovative startups to Fortune 100 companies. Mackenzie has also helped to start one of the fastest-growing semiconductor companies, which went public in 2001 with a market capitalization of >$3bn, just four years after inception.
During more than 25 years of experience with Ushio in sales and business development, Kameda directed Ushio’s Excimer lamp business (capturing market share, with revenue of >$50m). He became CEO & president of Ushio America Inc in October 2014, only 18 months after serving as general manager, Business Development, and Emerging Technologies.