Optomec, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has announced the unexpected death of its president and CEO Dave Ramahi.
In a statement, Optomec added, “It is with intense sadness that we announce Dave Ramahi, president and Chief Executive Officer of Optomec, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Boston, Massachusetts. Optomec’s board of direcotd, its management team and its employees extend their deepest sympathies to Dave’s family. He will be remembered for the personal compassion and boundless energy he brought to the company and its customers. He will be deeply missed by many across the industry.”
Ramahi joined Optomec in 2002 after successful leadership positions in the computer graphics industry. Under his leadership as CEO, Optomec transitioned from start-up mode, to sustained growth, to profitability to ultimately achieving Ramahi’s ultimate goal: becoming one of the Additive Manufacturing companies that derives the majority of its revenue from production applications. Ramahi received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The board of directors has appointed Mike Barry to the role of Interim President and CEO. Barry previously served as Optomec’s VP of Corporate Development and has been a member of Optomec’s board of directors for many years. Barry has thirty years’ experience in senior executive positions at a number of rapid growth high-tech companies, including his role as founder and CEO of software start-up, Rosetta Technologies. With his in-depth knowledge of Optomec’s customers, operations, employees and culture, the company’s board of directors believes he is particularly well suited to carry on Ramahi’s vision of bringing Additive Manufacturing to the production floor.