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Flir also announced that effective January 1, 2010; the company will merge its commercial vision systems and thermography divisions into one unit, led by Andy Teich, currently president of the commercial vision systems division. The new division will continue to focus on the large potential for growth in commercial and industrial markets, and will create value from commonality in distribution, customers and strategic product development focused on uncooled infrared technology.
Earl R. Lewis, chairman and CEO of Flir, says, "Under Arne's stewardship, our thermography division has enjoyed tremendous growth, and truly changed the direction of the infrared industry by opening up a wide array of uses for our technology, and created enormous value for our shareholders. I would like to personally thank Arne for his superb leadership and outstanding performance over the past decade. All of us at FLIR wish Arne the best and congratulate Andy on his new responsibilities."