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Gelsight Appoints New CEO to Drive Market Adoption of Elastomeric 3D Imaging and Metrology Solutions

GelSight, a pioneer in industrial tactile imaging and sensing technology, has announced that experienced imaging technology executive Youssef Benmokhtar has joined the company as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Benmokhtar joins GelSight from enterprise augmented reality leader Magic Leap, where he spearheaded the company’s business development activities and formed major strategic partnerships with technology, media, and telecommunications firms. Prior to his tenure at Magic Leap, Mr. Benmokhtar held leadership positions for a number of imaging, optics and semiconductor companies, including FotoNation, OmniVision Technologies, DigitalOptics, and STMicroelectronics.

With a B.S. Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Benmokhtar brings a unique blend of technical and engineering skills, deal-making experience, and talent for building top-performing teams. Specifically, at Magic Leap, he worked across several different business functions to close major partnerships, secure investments, and adjust product definitions to better define target audience and increase customer base across the globe.

“I was drawn to GelSight, not just by the potential of the elastomeric technology, but by the highly-skilled team that Dr. Kimo Johnson and the other core executives have assembled to push the boundaries of 3D imaging,” said Youssef Benmokhtar, CEO, GelSight. “I am looking forward to working with Kimo and the team to drive market adoption of this exceptional technology and to pursue new use cases in industries that could benefit from the ability to measure any solid surface, including highly reflective surfaces like glass and polished metal, unlike traditional tactile and vision measurement tools.”

GelSight co-founder, Dr. Kimo Johnson will step into the role of Chief Product Officer to oversee the link between GelSight’s technology and its customers’ evolving needs. As the company enters new markets, Mr. Johnson will ensure that the product roadmap aligns with the unique trends and use cases for 3D imaging and tactile sensing within industries such as robotics, aerospace, automotive, forensics, and more.

“This is an exciting time for GelSight as we prepare to further advance our technology and drive growth in new areas,” said Dr. Kimo Johnson, Chief Product Officer, GelSight. “As a founding member of the company, I bring deep connectivity with our customers and partners into my new role, and I look forward to working alongside Youssef and the rest of the growing team to enhance our product offering.”

GelSight develops portable, non-destructive elastomeric 3D imaging systems used to improve quality control processes in aerospace, automotive and other high-value industries. The proprietary technology that was invented at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides extremely detailed and rapid surface measurements and robotic sensing capabilities.

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