For over 20 years, Astrophysics Inc. has been a leader in x-ray research and development, turning imaging theories into robust and reliable security systems. With over 30,000 scanners deployed in more than 150 countries, we make it our mission to protect the world’s critical infrastructure, transportation networks and commerce.
We partner with customers to build integrated solutions tailored to their security needs, designing powerful networks that allow coordinated inspections, the exchange of key decision data, and rapid throughput. Guided by our core values of integrity, loyalty, respect, and teamwork, we deliver solutions for today’s threats with advanced technology that anticipates tomorrow’s needs.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
An engineer, business leader and visionary, François Zayek is recognized as a leading global expert in x-ray technology. At the forefront of new technology for security and medical applications since the industry’s beginnings, his 35+ year career has been dedicated solely to x-ray innovation.
François founded Astrophysics, Inc. in 2002 after recognizing a technology gap in the x-ray security industry and an opportunity to leverage his knowledge to revolutionize the industry. As a non-traditional CEO, his engineering expertise has guided the company’s culture and commitment to developing innovative technology. Astrophysics’ legacy as an industry pioneer – the first company to develop 6-Color Imaging, Real Time Diagnostics, and Remote Diagnostics – continues to this day with the recent launch of the Multi-View CT™, the first 3D CT cargo scanner.
Prior to founding Astrophysics Inc., François was Director of R&D at Bio-Imaging Research, VP of Engineering at PerkinElmer and VP of Engineering and R&D at EG&G Astrophysics (the original Astrophysics namesake). In these R&D roles, he designed high-dynamic range optical systems and breakthrough CT technology for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He founded Xaytek in 2000, an x-ray technology and R&D consulting firm with x-ray industry clients.
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, François immigrated to the United States where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University. In 2015, he was honored with the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, awarded to individuals who embody and uphold America’s ideals, and whose past recipients include numerous U.S. Presidents, world leaders and Nobel Prize winners. François exemplifies the success of the American dream and his character, passion for R&D and drive for excellence continue to define the Astrophysics culture.
Chief Operating Officer
Entering his second decade at Astrophysics Inc., Mark Zayek’s career-long tenure with the company has garnered him comprehensive company and industry knowledge. Mark represents the next generation of leadership at Astrophysics, bringing a new perspective to the industry. In 2021, Mark was named a top 25 “Industry Influencer” by the International Security Journal.
Mark acquired diverse experience advancing through nearly every department at Astrophysics over a span of ten years. He first started in Service inventory and data entry, before proceeding to Accounts Receivable, Finance, Sales and Operations. Post-graduate, Mark returned to Astrophysics as a Senior Business Analyst, advancing to VP of Sales, and eventually earning the COO role. Mark’s unique cross-departmental exposure provides company-wide visibility when making business-critical decisions. As COO, Mark collaborates closely with the CEO to direct corporate strategy, business development and expand the Astrophysics global presence.
Known for his personal integrity, authentic leadership style and results-driven management, Mark’s strategic vision has been instrumental in advancing the company’s business interests and worldwide brand recognition. Mark’s customer-centric business approach promotes partnership, solutions over products, and customer service excellence. Under Mark’s leadership, Astrophysics has achieved significant sales growth, entered new vertical markets and emerged as a major industry player.
Mark has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters of Science in Finance from Northeastern University.
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