Coherent hires Dr. Beck Mason as executive vice president, telecommunications

Jan. 12, 2023
Mason will head up the Telecommunications Business Unit within his new employer’s Networking Segment, according to Coherent.

Dr. Beck Mason, most recently senior vice president and general manager of the Telecom Transmission business at Lumentum, has joined Coherent Corp. (Nasdaq: COHR) as executive vice president, telecommunications. Mason will head up the Telecommunications Business Unit within his new employer’s Networking Segment, according to Coherent.

Coherent’s Telecommunications Business Unit includes technology and products for optical transport and access networks. The portfolio ranges from components to integrated modules and disaggregated subsystems. Salient members of the product line include wavelength-tunable pluggable transceivers, high-speed coherent pluggable transceivers, wavelength selective switch (WSS) modules, pump lasers, optical amplifiers, optical monitoring, and ROADM elements.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Mason to Coherent,” said Dr. Vincent D. Mattera, Jr., chair and CEO of Coherent. “In this position, Dr. Mason will identify the technology vision for Coherent’s telecom product offerings, play an integral role in defining the company’s technology platforms and strategic investments, and drive the profitable growth of the telecom business in the communications markets that we serve.”

Mason spent four years at Lumentum, coming aboard in 2018 through the company’s acquisition of Oclaro, where he was president of the Integrated Photonics business. Prior to joining Oclaro, Mason held leadership positions at JDSU, Collinear, Finisar, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies Bell Labs.

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