Management Team

Nova Instruments management team provides expertise in the areas of Finance, Operations, Engineering/Development and Marketing to its subsidiary organizations. Management has a proven track record in providing strategic vision and leadership to organizations in a number of diverse industries.


Jim Barbookles Chairman and CEO

Before joining, Mr. Barbookles was a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and previously served as President and CEO of a major US water analysis instrumentation manufacturer. His past responsibilities also included positions in manufacturing and operations with United Technologies, American Optical, Cambridge Instruments and Thermo Electron. He graduated from Buffalo State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA.

Jean-Marc Muller President

Mr. Muller joined Nova as Director of International Operations overseeing Nova's production and engineering processes. Prior to joining Nova, Mr. Muller served in various management roles involving manufacturing and engineering support at Airbus S.A.S in Toulouse, France and Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Muller received his Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technical University in Munich, Germany and his M.B.A. from Boston University School of Management.

Andreas Ullmann Finance Manager

Before joining Nova, Mr. Ullmann served as a partner and head of the audit department at BDO in Munich, Germany. Prior to that he held senior manager positions at KPMG in Germany and the United States. Mr. Ullmann holds an MBA from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, is a Certified Public Accountant and Tax Counselor in Germany, and has completed certification as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States.


Portfolio Synopsis

Nova Instruments provides quality high-tech analytical instruments and measurement solutions for a broad range of scientific and industrial applications. Nova Instruments began its acquisition strategy in early 2010, by the end of 2011 Instruments had acquired three highly-respected brands, which have been leaders of their respective niche markets for over 30 years. Since then, Nova Instruments has grown organically into an industry leader in developing, producing and distributing laser optical, ultrasonic instruments and particle characterization analyzers world-wide.

Major Market Segments:

  • Research and Academia in Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Particle characterization, Spray, Gas and Combustion diagnostics
  • Non-destructive testing of solid structures in Aerospace, Automotive, Oil & Gas, Renewable Energies markets

Leading Providers of Analytical Instruments

  • Measurement systems for Fluid Mechanics
  • Particle characterization analyzers
  • Non-destructive testing (NDT) instrumentation



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