Natick-Based Cognex Appoints MKS Instruments CEO To Its Board

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NATICK – Cognex Corporation announced the appointment of Dr. John T.C. Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer of MKS Instruments, Inc., to Cognex’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Dr. Lee will serve on the Audit Committee and Compensation/Stock Option Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome John to our board,” said Anthony Sun, Chair of Cognex. “His executive perspective leading a large international technology company and extensive operating experience will strengthen our board. We look forward to his contributions in the years ahead.”

Dr. Lee has been Chief Executive Officer and has served on the board of directors of MKS Instruments, Inc. a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity with nearly $3 billion in annual sales, since 2020.

Prior to that, he held a series of progressive leadership roles after joining the company in 2007. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lee worked at Applied Materials, Inc., Lucent Technologies, Inc., and AT&T Bell Labs. He has served as Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts High Technology Council since 2021.

Dr. Lee holds a B.S. from Princeton University and both an M.S.C.E.P. and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering.

Cognex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of image-based products, all of which use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques that give them the human-like ability to make decisions on what they see. Cognex products include machine vision systems, machine vision sensors, and barcode readers that are used in factories and distribution centers around the world where they eliminate production and shipping errors.

Cognex is the world’s leader in the machine vision industry, having shipped more than 3 million image-based products, representing over $9 billion in cumulative revenue, since the company’s founding in 1981. Headquartered in Natick, Cognex has offices and distributors located throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

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