Astarte names president and senior vice president

Sept. 1, 1997

Astarte names president and senior vice president

Edward J. Fontenot has been named president and chief executive of Astarte Fiber Networks Inc., Boulder, CO. Formerly, he was the company`s senior vice president. Fontenot has more than 25 years` experience in telecommunications and high-tech industries. He held executive positions at US West, Advanced Technologies, The Rockefeller Group, and ess Ventures, and was involved with the design and development of new products at Bell Laboratories and at&t. Robert Magnani has joined the company as senior vice president. He has more than 30 years` experience in telecommunications, data communications, and wireless communications. He has held senior director and management positions at US West Technologies and at&t.

Bob Jones has been appointed director of the intellectual property business unit of Packet Engines Inc. in Spokane, WA, and James W. Bristow has been named vice president of sales at the company. Previously, Jones served as director of product management at Fort Collins, CO-based Symbios Logic. Former employers include ncr Microelectronics and Teletype Corp. Bristow joins Packet Engines from Bay Networks Inc., where he focused on Internet/intranet local-area and wide-area networks and enterprise network sales. He was also associated with 3Com`s bicc Data Networks, Digital Equipment Co. Ltd., Plessey Defense Systems, and ibm`s Hursley Development Labs.

Richard Yalen has been appointed chief operating officer of Cable & Wireless Inc., Vienna, VA. Previously, he held the positions of senior vice president--marketing and customer satisfaction, and general manager of prepaid calling card services for the company. Yalen has more than 25 years` experience in domestic and international communications, with a major emphasis in the sales, marketing, operations, and engineering of long-distance services. He joined Cable & Wireless in 1992 following a 16-year career with trt/ftc Communications Inc.

Jack A. Ritter has been named international sales vice president at Norwood, MA-based Telco Systems Inc. He has 20 years` experience in international and domestic telecommunications sales. Before joining the company, he was director of international sales Far East/Pacific for Mackay Radio Systems of Raleigh, NC. Previously, he held senior sales positions with Fujitsu Network Switching of America.

Fares F. Salloum has been appointed senior vice president of international operations at gte Corp., Stamford, CT. He assumes this position following a 24-year career with bh telecom, one of two gte telephone companies in Canada. Salloum is chairman of Information Systems Management (BC) Corp., sri Strategic Resources Inc., and Telecom Leasing Canada. He is chairman and president of bc telSystems Support Inc., vice chairman and chief executive of bc tel Mobility Cellular Inc. and BC Mobile Ltd., and president of bc tel Properties Inc.

Robert Green has been appointed director of the optical network products group at Bookham Technology`s headquarters in Oxfordshire, UK. He has more than 10 years` experience in leading-edge technology, international sales, marketing, and business development. Previously, he was associated with Corning`s Optoelectronic Components Div.

Ken Olsen has been named president of Epson, NH-based White Mountain Cable Construction Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Conceptronics Inc. He has extensive experience in the cable industry, most recently as president of Antec Latin America, a division of Antec Corp.

Gaston Pereira has been appointed vice president and general manager of Tellabs Inc., Lisle, IL, and will be responsible for the company`s activities in Latin America. He has spent more than 20 years of his professional life in Latin America, most recently as chief executive and general manager of Marcatel, SA, a start-up long-distance carrier in Monterrey, Mexico. Pereira was also associated with Iusatel in Chile.

William O. Hunt has been elected to the board of directors of dsc Communications Corp., Dallas, TX. He is currently serving as chairman of the board, president, and chief executive at Intellicall Inc. Before joining dsc Communications, Hunt held a variety of executive positions with companies such as Hogan Systems Inc., Communications Industries Inc., Electronic Arrays Inc., Texas Instruments, and Collins Radio Inc. He replaces board member Clement M. Brown, Jr., who has elected to retire. Brown had been a director of the company since 1979.

Lou Maiolo, formerly vice president, Americas, for Porta Systems Corp., has established Maiolo Associates, in West Babylon, NY. The company will provide consulting services to the fiber optics industry for market research, product planning, marketing and sales plans, business plans, and communications plans. Maiolo has more than 13 years` experience in the fiber-optics industry.

James B. Flaws has been named vice president of finance as well as treasurer, and Kathy A. Asbeck has been appointed vice president and controller of Corning Inc., Corning, NY. Flaws joined the company in 1973, as a financial analyst in the international division, and has held other executive positions within the company. Asbeck will retain her role as the chief accounting officer of Corning, which she joined in 1991. She has been director of external reporting, assistant controller, and division vice president.

Kevin Hawkins has been appointed sales manager for western Europe by Telect Inc., Spokane, WA. He will work closely with Mainframe Communications Ltd., Telect`s official distributor in the United Kingdom, to sell and distribute linxs fiber-optic distribution systems and digital signal crossconnect equipment.

Christopher J. Lammers has been named chief operating officer of Cable Television Laboratories Inc., Louisville, CO. Formerly, he held a series of executive positions with increasing responsibility at Western Communications, and became chief executive for three years, ending in 1996, when the cable operations were sold.

Gregory M. Casey has been appointed senior vice president of carrier markets at Qwest Communications, Denver, CO. Before joining the company, he was vice president of carrier relations and regulatory affairs at lci International. He was also associated with oncor Communications and Telesphere International.

Gordon Dean has been named engineering manager of transmission products at Vista Labs Inc., a research and development engineering subsidiary of Larus Corp., San Jose, CA. He joins Vista Labs after a number of years as an independent consultant and founder/manager of his own engineering company. Dean previously worked as engineering manager of Pacific Instruments and held various positions at Zehntel Inc. and Systron Donner Inertial. He was a member of the Apollo spacecraft program Launch Team.

Ben J.M. Verwaayen has been named executive vice president of Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, and president of international business. He will lead the strategy and operations of Lucent businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Verwaayen had been president of ptt Telecom, the national telecommunications operator of The Netherlands, since 1988. He was also a member of the board of management of kpn and co-founder of Unisource, the pan-European alliance between Telia of Sweden, Swiss Telecom, and ptt Telecom.

Laura M. Talbot-Allan has been named secretary general and chief operating officer of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in Ottawa-Hull. Most recently, she was assistant deputy minister, corporate services, at Environment Canada. Previously, Talbot-Allan worked at Manitoba Hydro, Bell Canada, and Manitoba Telephone System.

Gregory Smolka has been appointed original equipment manufacturer account executive at Santa Clara, CA-based New Focus Inc. Before joining the company, he spent six years in product development, sales, and marketing of solid state lasers at Big Sky Laser Technologies.

Adis M. Vila has been appointed Nortel`s director of government affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean and will be based in the Nortel cala headquarters in Sunrise, FL. Most recently, she was vice president of international business development for the Vigoro Corp. in Chicago, IL. Vila has worked in government at both the federal and state levels.

Peter Ballantyne, formerly vice president at amp Inc. and at&t, has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president of engineering at Santa Clara, CA-based Lightwave Microsystems Corp. Paul Schroeter, formerly vice president of manufacturing at Read-Rite Corp., has been appointed to the new position of vice president of manufacturing and operations.

Theodore P. Wang, president of Theodore P. Wang & Co., North Caldwell, NJ, has been named a 1997 recipient of the American Society for Testing and Materials` (astm) Award of Merit. The title of Fellow accompanies the award. Wang was nominated by astm Committee E-20 on Temperature Measurement for 23 years of exemplary service, including six years as secretary, and for continuing contributions to the technology of thermoelectric temperature measurement.

Randall Paulfus and Martin Gerber have been named to the newly created positions of chief financial officer and vice president of retail sales and marketing, respectively, at Miami, FL-based Advanced Electronic Support Products Inc. Previously, Paulfus was associated with Lissner Associates Ltd., Intel Corp., Dixcom Inc., Harris Corp., and Waste Management Inc. He was also a co-founder and employee of Medicomp Inc. and Emergent Technology Inc. Gerber has an extensive career in marketing with Gemini Industries Inc., Quasar Micro Inc., Sanyo Fisher Corp., and Sharp Electronics Corp. He was also president and chief executive of Cannon Telephone & Communication Ltd.

Michael Doyle has been appointed president of Eastern Research Inc., Moorestown, NJ. He has more than 19 years` experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently as director of wide area network sales, Americas region, for Madge Networks (formerly Teleos Communications Inc.). Former employers include Infotron Systems Inc. and Dowty Communications Inc.

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Richard T. Klein, Jr., has been named president and chief executive of Klein Tools Inc., Chicago, IL. He is a fifth-generation descendant of the company`s founder, Mathias Klein, who founded the company in 1857. Klein joined the company in 1978 as a member of the quality control department and also served as vice president of process engineering, executive vice president, and president, and has most recently been acting as the company`s chief operating officer.


Joseph P. Clayton has been named president and chief operating officer of Frontier Corp., Rochester, NY. He has more than 24 years` experience in the consumer electronics industry, with tenures at Thomson Consumer Electronics, General Electric, and rca. Most recently, he was executive vice president of marketing and sales for the Americas and Asia at Thomson.


Robert G. Deuster, president and chief executive of Irvine, CA-based Newport Corp., has assumed the additional position of chairman. He joined the company in 1996 as president and chief executive and was formerly a senior executive with Applied Power Inc.

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Jim Harrison has been named product line manager of two-dimensional, high-power diode-laser arrays at Opto Power Corp. in Tucson, AZ. Previously, he worked in the research division of Schwartz Electro-Optics. Merrill Apter has been promoted from sales manager to manager of international sales, and Lesley Rogers has been promoted from applications engineering manager to manager of North American sales.

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