Ceramic Industry

Hardenburg Named President and CEO of Rigaku (posted 7/22/08)

July 22, 2008
Hardenburg succeeds Paul Swepston, Ph.D., who will continue in a strategic capacity within the company.

Rigaku Americas Corp. (RAC) recently announced that Wes Hardenburg, the company’s chief financial officer since 2000, has succeeded Paul Swepston, Ph.D., as president and chief executive officer (CEO). Swepston, who joined the company in 1996, will continue in a strategic capacity within the company and serve as senior advisor to the CEO of Rigaku Corp., Tokyo, Japan. Hardenburg joined the company through its acquisition of Osmic, Inc. in 1999.

“Paul has been an exceptional CEO whose courage and leadership has transformed the company from its beginning, when he first joined as president of Molecular Structure Corp., into the thriving global business that RAC has become today,” said Hikaru Shjimura, RAC chairman. “Paul will continue to prosper and contribute to the global organization of Rigaku, and his new responsibilities will continue to shape our future.”

“Paul has been a very effective CEO who has greatly impacted the company through his passion and leadership,” said Hardenburg. “RAC is a great company with a strong history and an exciting future. I am much honored to have been chosen as its next CEO.”

The company’s website is located at www.rigaku.com.