Apeldoorn – Avantes B.V., world leader in the field of spectroscopy, has appointed Pierre Warffemius as CEO as of 14 September 2020. With this appointment, the international company enters a new phase in which the focus will be on continuous growth in additional products and markets.

Over the course of his career, Pierre Warffemius (55) has held various management positions with companies in the fields of biotechnology and graphic arts. His last position was CEO of SynCo Bio Partners B.V. He has extensive experience in the professionalization of expanding technology-oriented businesses. As CEO of Avantes, he will be focusing on further growth and professionalization of the company. Pierre Warffemius, commenting on his new position: ‘Avantes has grown exponentially in the past couple of years due to the professional and innovative spectroscopy solutions they offer to customers. The current size of the organization offers new opportunities and grants us access to large-scale customers that we would gladly add to our portfolio. Our team and I are full of enthusiasm, and I will accept the challenge of strengthening Avantes’ position as a partner in spectroscopy. By offering current and new customers the best possible solutions, we will be able to continue to grow.’

The resigning CEO of Avantes, Benno Oderkerk, will remain affiliated with Avantes in an advisory role. Oderkerk was one of the founders of Avantes over 26 years ago and is proud of the international company with offices in the United States and China. ‘Pierre possesses the right qualifications to lead our wonderful company and brings with him the experience to operate in an international market. I have the utmost confidence in Pierre’s ability to successfully lead the company and realize growth together with our employees.’

About Avantes

Avantes is the world leader in the field of spectroscopy. The company develops and manufactures compact spectrometers, light sources, software, fibre optics and accessories. Avantes’ products are highly customizable, adaptable to any specific application and integrated into even the smallest housings. These products therefore find usage in numerous OEM applications and markets, as well as the scientific and industrial fields. With over 25 years of experience, Avantes continues to produce innovative solutions in diverse markets, including chemical, solar energy, agriculture, gemology, medical, biomedical, semiconductor, light measurement, and food-processing technology. Through close customer contact in various industries and applications, Avantes is an experienced partner able to offer tailored solutions to its customers.