Zurich Schweiz and Balzers, Liechtenstein- The Board of Directors of INFICON Holding AG has appointed Urs Wälchli as Vice President of INFICON, effective as of March 1, 2004. With this promotion Wälchli is the new manager of the strategic business unit Vacuum Control as well as the Liechtenstien location and plant in Blazers. Wälchli holds a Ph.D in physics and succeeds Lukas Winkler, who was promoted to new President and Chief Executive Officer of INFICON as of January 1, 2004.
Urs Wälchli joined Blazers AG in 1993 as project manager. He led important innovation projects for new gas analyzers, leak detectors and measurement technologies. In 1998-1999 Wälchli was involved in the combination of Balzers and Leybold Instrumentation that led to the creation of INFICON. In 2000 he is Technical Director of this unit. Wälchli holds a Ph.D in physics from Berne University (1991) and a Master of Industrial Management from ETH Zürich/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (2001).