William Elder announced he will retire from the executive board of Aixtron, an Aachen, Germany-based provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, effective Nov. 30. Paul Hyland, Aixtron president and CEO, said, "Bill's extensive knowledge and huge semiconductor experience has been a key factor in the completion of the integration process of Genus into Aixtron, following the acquisition of the company Bill formed more than 20 years ago. It will come as no surprise to those who know Bill, to learn of the extraordinary enthusiasm and energy he has shown in pushing the integration and business development process forward. I personally will greatly miss Bill's company and considerable day-to-day involvement in the business, but wish him and his wife Gloria every enjoyment as they pursue all those projects he has been putting off for so many busy years." Aixtron said COO Bernd Schulte, PhD, will extend his current responsibilities immediately to include the ongoing development of Aixtron's silicon interests.