Celebrating 50 Years of Maxwell Innovation
July 06, 2015 | Dr. Franz Fink, President and CEO
On the 11th of this month our company will complete 50 years of its establishment. I take this occasion to thank everyone who is part of Maxwell—our employees in our offices around the globe, our customers, business partners and investors.
What began as a small research firm in San Diego, California, doing most of its work in defense contracting for the U.S. government, today now stands as a global leader in the commercialization of ultracapacitor technology, high-voltage capacitor technology, and microelectronics for space and satellite missions. Our exceptionally talented, creative and industrious people are the reason for Maxwell’s countless achievements, including our over 100 pending and issued patents and numerous awards for innovation and leadership.
We have crossed a significant milestone in the history of our company. Despite recent headwinds, the long-term outlook remains bright. Our company has achieved extraordinary success over the past five decades, and we will continue to uphold our reputation for being a market innovator and industry leader.
Our story of success would not be complete without the support of our customers. We expect to continue an open relationship with our customers and provide them with nothing less than the best. I’d also like to express sincere gratitude to our partners for their instrumental role in helping us to deliver innovative products to the market, as well as to our investors for their continued support.
We look forward to exploring new heights in the years to come. Thank you, and cheers to Maxwell’s 50th!
Dr. Franz J. Fink
President And Chief Executive Officer
About this author
Dr. Franz J. Fink joined Maxwell as president and chief executive officer in May 2014. Immediately prior to joining Maxwell, Dr. Fink was an independent business consultant, assisting companies in the industrial and automotive markets with business optimization and growth initiatives. From 2006 to 2012, he was president and chief executive officer of Gennum Corp., a leading supplier of high-speed analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for the optical communications, networking and video broadcast markets that was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange before being acquired by Semtech Corp. in March 2012. From 2003 to 2006, he was senior vice president and general manager of the Wireless and Mobile Systems Group of Austin, Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. From 1991 through 2003, he held a series of senior management positions in the Semiconductor Products Sector of Motorola Corp. in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a director and was a member of the Governance Committee of Pason Systems Corp. He holds a doctorate in natural sciences from the Department of Computer-aided Design and a master’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
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