Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dialight announces new General Manager and Sales Director for EMEA

Gary Ashburner and Richard Gill join the UK team to strengthen Dialight’s position as a forerunner in the field of industrial LED lighting.

Newmarket, UK – 15 September 2010 – Dialight (LSE: DIA.L) , an innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, today announced two senior appointments who bring between them a combined experience of more than 40 years in LED technology. Together they will oversee the sales in Europe, Asia and the Middle East for the company’s growing solid state hazardous area lighting business.


Gary Ashburner will join Dialight as General Manager for hazardous area and industrial lighting, having previously spent more than nine years in the oil and gas sector, most recently as managing director at SH Lighting and before that as managing director at Bartec, the largest hazardous area electrical equipment manufacturer in Europe. Gary also has extensive experience of the LED industry having spent 14 years with Marl International Ltd.

He will be joined by former Marl International director and colleague, Richard Gill, as sales director. Previously sales director at SH Lighting, Richard holds a BSc in Metallurgy from Newcastle University and has over 20 years of experience in the LED industry, most recently with two of the top five LED manufacturers – Philips Lumileds and Seoul Semiconductor.

“The combined experience of Gary and Richard in the LED lighting industry, and particularly in hazardous area industrial applications, makes them a valuable addition to our team,” said Roy Burton, Dialight’s Group Chief Executive. “We are already seeing great success in the U.S. with our industrial LED lighting, so we are excited by this opportunity to strengthen our organisation in Europe to enable us to establish Dialight as the market leader for industrial LED lighting throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

“It was difficult to resist Dialight’s cutting edge new products combined with the company’s reputation for leadership in LED technology,” said Ashburner. “Both Richard Gill and I look forward to working with this outstanding company to bring innovative new products to our customers. This will allow users to adopt energy efficient lighting technology that benefits the environment, saves operating costs and improves operator safety – that’s got to be a winning combination.”