​​Regional Heads


Head of Global Sales and Sales Asia a.i.

Michael Allison

was appointed CEO of VAT Group in March 2018. Previously he was Head of the Semiconductor Division of Edwards/Atlas Copco. Prior to that Mr. Allison was Managing Director and Executive Vices President of Edwards’ global sales and service operations. He also worked for KLA Tencor for almost 20 years in a variety of senior management roles. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of SEMI International. He holds a degree I Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Head of Sales Americas

Tom Murphy

serves as Head of Sales Americas and joined VAT Group in 2005. He has over 10 years of experience in the vacuum industry and held key account and sales management roles at AJA International and Vacuum Generators in the USA. Tom Murphy holds a BA in Business Management from Eastern Nazarene College and an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.


Head of Sales Europe/Rest of World and Head of Global Marketing

Beat Müller

serves as Head of Sales Europe/Rest of World and Head of Global Marketing. He has many years of management experience in the technology sector, particularly in the global semiconductor industry. Beat Mueller holds a degree in design engineering, business administration and marketing. He holds CAS in general management, strategic leadership and entrepreneurship from the University of Applied Science in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
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