SmartKem Strengthens Asian Business Expansion with new Business Development Director
News Release from:
24 August 2012
SmartKem today announced the appointment of Gary Tam as Business Development Director in Asia. Following the company's recent expansion in the Asian market, based in Hong Kong, Gary will be charged with the planning and execution of business development strategies that will be essential for establishing SmartKem as a leading provider to the Asian chemical and electronics markets.
Possessing over 20 years’ experience in the electronics industry, Gary brings to SmartKem extensive knowledge in the field of business development, project management and quality standards for the successful commercialisation of new technologies. He deeply understands the dynamics of the Asian electronics market, having led business strategy development, technology marketing and early commercialisation activities in the Asian Pacific region for large global organisations, such as Samsung and Philips.
As Business Development Director, Gary will be responsible for managing the relationships with SmartKem’s Asian partners as well as developing new investment opportunities in order to further strengthen the company’s position in the region. The company has already signed a number of materials testing agreements with a range of leading, multi-national Asian companies in recent months, demonstrating the demand for SmartKem’s high-performance materials in this area. Gary is one of a number of recent new additions to the growing SmartKem team in Asia, following the recent appointment of agents in Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
“I am delighted to join SmartKem, a company that has demonstrated remarkable technological progress over the last few years, supplying innovative organic semiconductor inks, formulated to deliver improved performance at low costs,” comments Gary. “In my new role, I will be involved in designing and implementing key corporate strategy and commercial development activities, helping to lead the company to a successful future in the highly technological Asian market.”
Steve Kelly, CEO of SmartKem comments, “The appointment of Gary demonstrates our strong commitment to the rapidly evolving Asian electronics market. We believe that he will be an invaluable addition to our expanding team and will benefit our partners in Asia significantly. These are exciting developments for SmartKem as it embarks on the quest to develop a strong commercial presence in the region alongside its fundraising activities. We are confident that Gary will implement innovative business development strategies to facilitate long lasting business success.”