Christopher Dorman

Executive Vice President, Lasers Business


Christopher Dorman was named Executive Vice President, Lasers Business, in July 2023. In this position, he is responsible for driving revenue and cash generation, operational excellence, and customer focus in the Lasers Segment across the markets of precision manufacturing, semiconductor & display capital equipment, life sciences, and scientific instruments.

Dr. Dorman was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager based in Coherent’s state-of-the-art facility in Glasgow, Scotland. He has enjoyed a long tenure with the company, having come to Coherent, Inc., in 2002 and joining Coherent Corp. in 2022 following the merger of Coherent, Inc., and II-VI Incorporated. 

During his time with Coherent, Dr. Dorman established the blueprint for the company’s world-class facilities for laser design and manufacturing in Glasgow, Kaiserslautern, and Lübeck.

Dr. Dorman graduated from Oxford University with an MA (Oxon) in Physics and holds a Ph.D. in Lasers and Quantum Physics from Imperial College, London. He is currently Chair of the UK Photonics Leadership Group, Chair of Photonics Scotland, a visiting professor to the University of Strathclyde, and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II with an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to photonic and laser technology and exports in the 2019 Birthday Honours list.

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