PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The II-VI Infrared Division of II-VI Incorporated (NASDAQ:IIVI), a world leader in laser optics, today announced that Dr. Ahmad Magad, Group Managing Director of the II-VI Infrared Optics Manufacturing Operations in Asia, was awarded the 2016 Walter L. Hurd Executive Medal by the Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO). Dr. Ahmad Magad will receive the award on November 21, 2016 at the 22 nd Asia Pacific Quality Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. "Dr. Magad oversees our extensive II-VI Infrared manufacturing operations in Singapore, China, and the Philippines," said Steve Rummel, Vice President, II-VI Infrared. "With the prestigious Walter L. Hurd Executive Medal, Dr. Magad joins the ranks of eminent past recipients, validating his leadership contributions to the larger Asian quality community, and especially to the II-VI corporate quality transformation." The APQO manages the funds and activities of the Walter L. Hurd Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to promote the interchange of quality methodologies throughout Asia and all countries bordering on the Pacific. Each year, the APQO presents Walter L. Hurd Executive Medal to an executive who has demonstrated exceptional adherence to quality principles and provides leadership in the quality movement in the Americas, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. About II-VI Infrared II-VI Infrared is the world leader in laser optics, delivering an unbeatable combination of innovation, quality, and expertise. II-VI Infrared also delivers the largest vertically integrated CO 2 laser optics manufacturing process - from raw materials to finished coated products - in the world. An optics foundry to laser original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the world over, consistently building optics to spec with consistent performance and quality, with products ranging from spherical and aspherical lenses for high power 1um lasers to replacement CO 2 laser optics and nozzles, lenses, partial reflectors, windows, beam splitters, mirrors, beam expanders, reflective phase retarders, scanning-laser system optics, diamond-turned custom optics, IR optical materials (ZnSe, ZnS, ZnS MS, CVD Diamond), and more. Our products and reputation make us the number-one supplier to OEMs of CO 2 laser systems worldwide, while our capabilities are without rival in the industry.