Rami Hadar is the new chief executive of Native Networks, maker of metro Ethernet products for the optical access network. "In the current climate, carriers must find creative ways to generate top line growth by delivering advanced Ethernet services while leveraging their existing SDH and SONET infrastructure," notes Hadar. He was co-founder and CEO of Israel-based CTP Systems, which in 1995 was acquired by DSP Communication, which was later acquired by Intel. He also co-founded Ensemble Communications, where he was executive vice president of marketing and business development. In addition, he was a board member of the Wireless Communication Association.
William Dungan has been named corporate vice president of sales and marketing at Draka USA, manufacturers of fiber-optic and copper cable products. Dungan, whose wire and cable industry experience spans nearly 30 years, joined Draka USA in 1996 as vice president and general manager for Helix/HiTemp Cables and was later promoted to group vice president of Helix/HiTemp Cables and Chromatic Technologies. During that time, he negotiated the strategic structured cabling partnerships with Molex Premise Networks to create Draka/Molex Cabling Systems. "With [Dungan's] appointment," says company president Joe Dixon, "the sales and marketing efforts [of four Draka USA subsidiaries], which have previously run independent of each other, will now have a uniform directive and share common goals."
Materials scientist Dr. C.P. Wong has been appointed to the technology advisory board of optical-component and integrated optical-device manufacturer Lumenon Innovative Lightwave Technology. Currently a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Materials Science and Engineering and research director at the National Science Foundation-funded Packaging Research Center at Georgia Tech, Wong will advise Lumenon on photonic materials science and packaging. He was previously a distinguished member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was involved in research and development of inorganic and organic polymeric materials for electronic and photonic applications. For his fundamental contributions to low-cost, high-performance plastic packaging of semiconductors, he was elected a Bell Labs fellow in 1992. He has since received the IEEE Technical Advisory Board's Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society's Outstanding Sustained Technical Contributions Award, and the University Press Award of Excellence.
Israel-based Lynx Photonic Networks has appointed Dr. Reuven Duer director of physics for the company's U.S. operations in Calabassas Hills, CA. "By relocating him closer to our outsourced manufacturing partners in California, Reuven's presence will strengthen the manufacturing process of our photonic switches and subsystems, which recently moved to the West Coast," reports Lynx president and co-founder Michael Leigh. For the past three years, Duer managed the development programs of the company's silica-on-silicon solid-state photonic switches.
Lynne Craver has been promoted to network operations vice president at broadband services provider Progress Telecom, responsible for managing all aspects of network and customer circuit reliability, including installation, maintenance, technical support, and the "hurricane-hardened" network operations center (NOC) in St. Petersburg, FL. "The central position of the NOC in our operations system mandates the creation of this new vice president position," notes company president and CEO Ron Mudry. Craver, who was Progress Telecom's network engineering and planning director, has previously held executive and managerial positions at Ameritech, TAD Telecom, and CyberFusion.
To establish greater presence in the U.S. market, optical transmission systems supplier Transmode Systems AB has named Jim Lang vice president of U.S. sales. Lang was previously sales VP at Astral Point Communications (purchased by Alcatel), Pirelli Optical Systems, and Next Level Communications.