Cambridge UK lighting technology business Cyan Holdings is mourning the death of former CEO, Kenn Lamb.
He has died peacefully at home after “bravely battling” a long illness, the company revealed.
Lamb was chief executive from 2007 until 2011. He was instrumental in transitioning Cyan from a narrowly focused microchip controller manufacturer, to where it is today as a system supplier offering an integrated suite of software and hardware products for some of the fastest growing markets in the world.
He was at the helm of the London-quoted company during a testing period, given the onset of the global economic crisis.
A company statement read: “It is testament to his abilities that he successfully guided the company through these difficult times when so many other businesses did not survive.
“Moreover, during this period the company was strategically positioned in its target growth markets of China and India, with many key relationships built and secured.
“While his illness and subsequent retirement from the post of chief executive meant his involvement decreased significantly over the last 10 months, his experience and wisdom was keenly appreciated in discussions with the board and senior management.”
Non-executive director John Read added: “I had the great pleasure of working alongside Kenn, in my time as chairman of Cyan. He was an extremely impressive professional, a real gentleman and a good friend.
“We enjoyed working together and I shall miss him both professionally and personally. We offer our condolences to his family and our thoughts are with them at this sad time.”