Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona nominated for election to Board of COMET Group

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Flamatt, Switzerland – March 15, 2012

Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona nominated for election to Board of COMET Group

The Board of Directors of COMET HOLDING AG will propose to the 63rd Annual Shareholder Meeting on April 18, 2012 to elect Gian-Luca Bona as a Board member. Prof. Dr. Bona, a Swiss citizen, was born in 1957 and holds a doctorate in physics from ETH Zurich.

By recommending Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona for election as a new Board member, the COMET Group Board of Directors seeks to expand its capabilities in technology management.

Since 2009 Dr. Bona has been CEO of Empa, the Swiss federal research institution based in Dübendorf, St. Gallen and Thun. One of Empa’s core competencies is materials development and testing, including inspection using x-ray technologies.

From 1988 to 2009, Dr. Bona worked at IBM in a number of capacities. From 1998 he was head of the photonics section at IBM’s Zurich research laboratory in Rüschlikon. In 2004 he became functional manager of various research departments at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and from 2008 to 2009 he was director of IBM Tape Storage Solutions, Tucson, Arizona.

Mr. Bona received a physics degree from ETH Zurich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in 1983, followed in 1987 by a Ph.D. in physics. In 2009 he was appointed professor at ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne. A prolific author of research publications, he has earned an outstanding reputation worldwide in materials and surface science as well as photonics and optoelectronics.


Upon election to the Board of COMET HOLDING AG, Dr. Gian-Luca Bona will become chairman of the Group’s Innovation and Technology Committee.

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The COMET Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of systems and components for the non-destructive testing, security and semiconductor markets. Since acquiring the YXLON group, COMET has been the global market leader in x-ray-based non-destructive testing and examination. With core competencies in vacuum technology, high voltage engineering and materials science and core products that include x-ray tubes and vacuum capacitors, COMET provides a complete and highly flexible range of components, modules, systems and services – all from a single source.  The activities are grouped into two divisions: the OEM business (the Modules & Components division, under the COMET brand) and the end-user business (the Systems division, under the YXLON brand).

COMET was founded in 1948 and is based in Flamatt near Berne, Switzerland. The COMET Group has a presence in all world markets. The company operates production facilities in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, China and the USA and maintains other subsidiaries in the USA, China and Japan. COMET’s stock (COTN) is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.