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COHERENT INC. ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

 COHERENT INC. ANNOUNCES ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES
 PALO ALTO, Calif., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Coherent Inc.,


(NASDAQ: COHR) today announced two important organizational changes effective March 30, 1992. Leonard C. DeBenedictis was appointed vice president and general manager of Coherent's Medical Group. Bernard J. Couillaud was appointed vice president and general manager of Coherent's Laser Group.
 DeBenedictis joined Coherent in May 1983 as director of Research and Development for the Medical Group. In May 1985, he was appointed vice president and general manager of the Laser Group which manufactures lasers for the scientific community and original equipment manufacturers.
 Couillaud joined Coherent's Laser Group in 1983 and was promoted to director of Research and Development in 1987. He has been a Business Unit Manager since 1990.
 Henry E. Gauthier, president, has been the acting general manager for the Medical Group. In his role as president, he will focus on the creation of new businesses and the overall direction of the company. James L. Hobart, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, will continue to be directly involved with the development of the Medical Group's Surgical Business Unit. Hobart states: "In line with our long-time operating philosophy, Coherent continues to strengthen the organization by filling openings with experienced personnel from within the company. Both DeBenedictis and Couillaud have been with the company nine years. In addition, DeBenedictis brings 18 years of commercial experience in the laser industry, and Couillaud, extensive experience in laser research and development."
 Coherent was founded in Palo Alto 26 years ago and is recognized as a world leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of lasers for medicine, science and industry.
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 /CONTACT: Robert J. Quillinan of Coherent Inc., 415-852-8268/
 (COHR) CO: Coherent Inc. ST: California IN: MTC SU: PER


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