20 February 2018
Cree appoints senior VP of global sales & marketing
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Cree Inc of Durham, NC, USA has appointed Thomas Wessel as senior VP of global sales and marketing, reporting to Gregg Lowe and overseeing sales & marketing for the Wolfspeed power & radio frequency (RF) and Cree LED components businesses.
Wessel has more than 20 years of global sales and marketing leadership experience in the semiconductor industry, serving the automotive, industrial, electronics and communications markets. He joins Cree from NanoSemi Inc., a venture-funded spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he served as VP of sales & marketing. Prior to that, he was senior VP of worldwide sales & marketing at Analog Devices Inc, a multi-national semiconductor company specializing in data conversion and signal processing technology, where he led the organization to eight consecutive quarters of growth. His career also spans sales and marketing management roles at Texas Instruments and Atlantik Elektronik.
“Thomas has a history of success in sales, marketing and business leadership within the markets Cree serves,” comments CEO Gregg Lowe. “Cree’s Wolfspeed power & RF and LED component technologies are critical to the success of today’s most in-demand and evolving markets, such as the automotive industry’s transition to electric vehicles… Thomas will help us unlock Cree’s potential.”
Wessel holds an engineering degree in physics from the University of Applied Sciences Lübeck and completed the advanced management program at IESE Business School. He is a Stevie Awards finalist for ‘Best Turnaround Executive’, recognized by the industry’s only global, all-encompassing business awards program honoring performance in business.