SweGaN AB; manufacturer of custom-made GaN on SiC epitaxial wafers for an extensive range of devices used in telecom, satellite, defense, and power electronics; announced it has added a new role to its executive team. Newly appointed chief operating officer (COO), Henrik Tölander, joined SweGaN on October 31. The new management role supports the company’s ambitious growth strategy to serve explosive global market demand and follows the company’s recently completed Series A financing round.

“Bringing extensive experience from the manufacturing industry, including nearly a decade at   Fortune 500 company Siemens, Henrik will bring valuable competence for cultivating and executing the next phases of SweGaN’s manufacturing road map and expansion plans,” said Jr-Tai Chen, “Ted,” CEO at SweGaN. “In Henrik I believe we have secured the industry and leadership experience needed to scale SweGaN manufacturing to the next level. On behalf of the SweGaN team, I am pleased to welcome him on board.”

Tölander stated, “Joining SweGaN at this key juncture is an exciting opportunity as SweGaN growth plans target new production facilities and team expansion to deliver large quantities of epi-wafers annually to supply a demanding and sophisticated semiconductor market.

I am inspired by what CEO and co-founder Ted Chen and the skilled team at SweGaN have achieved in developing world-class materials and a high-profile international investor portfolio. I look forward to working together in establishing SweGaN as a major global player—an industry leader in pole position to take a major share of the semiconductor materials market.”

An experienced COO and industrialization executive, Tölander has a strong record within gas turbine manufacturing, engineering management, control systems design and has held overall responsibility for CAPEX portfolios aimed at developing and expanding advanced additive manufacturing capabilities. Additional experience includes developing and maintaining technology and hardware strategies, component and capital investment forecasting, planning, and implementing production for additive manufacturing, and building and managing productive, efficient and profitable production facilities. His management background includes leading an international, cross business unit, including high-profile R&D projects.