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MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGE IN SENSORS BUSINESS UNIT
Eden Prairie, Minn. – March 11, 2013 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, , is pleased to announce that it has hired Dr. William Bachrach as Senior Vice President, to lead the MTS Sensors Division, following the announcement by Mr. Joachim Hellwig of his retirement effective March 31, 2014. Dr. Bachrach will assume the Sensors leadership role effective March 11, 2013, with Mr. Hellwig serving in an advisory capacity through March 2014.
Dr. Bachrach joins MTS from ROAM Data, a leading mobile applications, hardware and payment gateway service provider, where he served as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to ROAM Data, Dr. Bachrach was the President of Murata Power Solutions (formerly C&D Technologies Power Systems), a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing Company Ltd of Japan, a $180 million supplier of board mounted power and power electronics, from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that time, Dr. Bachrach held various management and business leadership positions with WAY Systems, KEMET Electronics Corporation, InphoMatch and the General Electric Company. Dr. Bachrach earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University; a Ph.D. and M.S. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University; and an M.S. in the Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Commenting on the leadership transition, Dr. Jeffrey Graves, President and CEO of MTS stated, “We congratulate Joachim on his significant contributions to MTS Sensors over his decades-long career and wish him well in his retirement. Through his efforts our leadership in magnetostrictive sensors for position sensing has been clearly established, and the business has grown from being a regional $40 million player to a global $100 million enterprise today. Looking to the future, with Dr. Bachrach’s broad-ranging technology expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and extensive global experience, particularly in our fastest growing markets of Asia, I am confident that we will continue accelerating our rate of new product introductions and realize the expanding sales potential of our core markets around the world.”
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,147 employees and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
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