Escatec looks to boost growth with new CEO

Escatec looks to boost growth with new CEO

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By Nick Flaherty

The CEO of Swiss electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Escatec, Patrick Macdonald, is leaving suddenly for personal reasons.

The company has appointed industry veteran Ernest Sebak as CEO from today to boost its growth plans. Sebak was previously Vice President of Jabil’s Global Business Unit and will work with Macdonald on a handover over the next few weeks.

Escatec  has been in rapid expansion mode over the past two years with the group making major investments to acquire the latest technologies and capabilities, as well as significantly expanding its international production and design footprint via acquisition and partnerships.

 In May last year, it acquired UK-based JJS Manufacturing, which added highly valued capabilities in large format, electro-mechanical assembly and production facilities in the United Kingdom and Central Europe to its portfolio.

Sebak will be based in Escatec’s corporate headquarters located within the major electronics cluster of Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia.

The company builds electronics and boxes for customers, from design and development (D&D), prototyping and product certification to mass volume production and after-sales services. The D&D is based in Switzerland with a network of production facilities in Malaysia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. It also has a long-standing partnership with Wisconsin-based SMT Corp that provides a base in the North American market. 

“I would like to welcome Ernie to the Escatec Group. His in-depth experience in the EMS sector will be instrumental in preserving Escatec’s core values of customer service and efficient, high-quality output. At a time when supply chains are as stretched as ever, it is good to have decision makers who can act quickly in the interests of all stakeholders. As a family-owned company, we empower Ernie to act quickly and responsibly, and we maintain our long-term outlook for all business relations. I’d also like to thank Patrick for his contributions to the Group and wish him well for the future,” said Christophe Albin, Executive Chairman of the group.

Sebak has previously worked at Honeywell Aerospace, Tech Data Corporation, and Entex Information Services. “Escatec is extremely well positioned for a highly successful future and I am looking forward to joining the team that is leading Escatec into the next phase of growth,” he said.

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