Universal Instruments appoints new President
Jul 23, 2004
Universal Instruments Corporation has announced a change at the top of its management structure.
Current president, Ian McEvoy, is leaving the company and the electronics industry to pursue new personal opportunities. Ian deSouza, presently Senior Vice President Operations and Systems, has been promoted to the post of president.
Known colloquially within the organisation as 'the two Ians', McEvoy and deSouza have worked closely together for the past 20 years, at Universal Instruments and previously at Domino Printing Science and Cambridge Instruments. During the past three years, deSouza's responsibilities encompassed the Corporation's supply chain, software development and manufacturing activities worldwide, including setting up Universal's prestigious and progressive China production facilities in Shekou.
DeSouza is considered the right and natural choice to take over as President, and a very safe pair of hands to take the company forward. For over three years he served as deputy to McEvoy, knows every aspect of Universal's business in detail, and was instrumental in implementing the corporation's aggressive cost-down initiatives. "I welcome the opportunity to take the reins from an old friend who has distinguished himself well in the role," says deSouza. "My leadership will see Universal Instruments continue to be the equipment manufacturer with the lowest costs that translate directly to an ability to deliver the best value," he adds.
Ian McEvoy's inventive and decisive management capabilities are credited with pulling the corporation through the difficulties precipitated by the market's downturn in 2000, streamlining the organisation, broadening its product range, driving down the cost base and ultimately bringing Universal back into profit in 2003. With that work done, he now considers the time right to follow a new career direction.
Ian deSouza will assume the presidency of Universal Instruments on August16th, 2004.