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FLIR’s Thomas Surran ascends to chief operating officer

January 27, 2014 | By Anthony Capkun

January 27, 2014 – FLIR Systems Inc.’s William A. Sundermeier, president of the company’s Government Systems Division, has resigned to pursue other personal and business opportunities. Thomas A. Surran—who most recently served as president of the Commercial Systems Division—has been appointed COO, assuming responsibility for FLIR’s global commercial and government operations.

“I want to thank Bill for his tremendous contributions to FLIR,” said Andy Teich, FLIR’s CEO. “He has been an instrumental part of FLIR’s growth and evolution over the past 19 years, from his early days in product management through his leadership of our Government Systems business for the past eight years. We will miss his deep experience and perspective.”

Surran first joined FLIR with the acquisition of Indigo Systems in 2004, and served as general manager of the company’s Commercial Vision Systems business until 2007. He rejoined the company in 2009 and has since held several roles, including vice president and general manager of Raymarine.

“Tom is a veteran executive and leader with demonstrated experience in all aspects of operations. He has successfully led three FLIR operations over the past ten years, and I am confident in his ability to continue that success in this expanded role,” said Teich.


Sundermeier has agreed to assist the company with the transition through the end of February.

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