ECI Telecom (Petah Tikva, Israel) announced that David Ball has stepped down as chairman. Vice chairman Shlomo Dovrat has been promoted to chairman and Krish Prabhu, a U.S.-based director and former COO of Alcatel and CEO of Alcatel USA, becomes vice chairman. As well, Krish Prabhu and Colin Green are joining the executive committee of the board. Ball will remain with the company as an advisor to the board. "The next phase of the company's development needs a more hands-on approach in both Israel and the USA," says Ball. "These changes to the board will answer this need." Dovrat joined the board in December 2001. He is a veteran industrialist, founder of several companies that have traded on NASDAQ, and co-founder and general partner at Carmel Ventures, a prominent Israeli venture capital firm. Prabhu, appointed director in June 2002, is a recognised expert and a 20-plus-year veteran of the telecommunications industry. Prior to Alcatel, Prabhu was head of research and development at Rockwell International's Network Systems Transmission Division.

Amad Doratotaj has joined the test, measurement, and monitoring company as vice president of worldwide manufacturing, responsible for operations, supply-chain management, and manufacturing engineering—part of Textronix's central operations, headed by senior VP Dave Coreson. Doratotaj will draw on his more than 20 years of management experience in manufacturing, design, engineering, and business development to form a new manufacturing structure. He previously was VP of worldwide operations and customer service at Harmonic and executive VP of worldwide business operations at iLogistix/cmgi. He has also worked at Octel Communications/Lucent Technologies, FPS Computing/Cray Super-computer, and Spacelabs Medical.

CoreOptics (Nuremberg Germany), developer of 10- and 40-Gbit/sec optical-networking subsystems, announced that Saeid Aramideh has joined the company as vice president of marketing, business development, and sales for North America. Aramideh comes to CoreOptics with more than 14 years' experience in product-line management, marketing, and the development of optical components, SONET/DWDM transmission, and optical-switching products. He served most recently as the VP, product management at iolon. "I am impressed with CoreOptics' advanced transponder product platform that...enable higher-capacity utilization of existing networks while providing unprecedented performance enhancements for the next-generation optical networks," notes Aramideh. Previously, he worked with Corvis and Nortel Networks, where he held a variety of development and marketing management positions in Nortel's Fiber Optics Transmission Group.

Alain Marion has been appointed assistant general manager of the European sales region at Anritsu. Marion, who has been with Anritsu 13 years, will continue to be based in France and report directly to Paul Hunter, the recently appointed European managing director. With over 30 years' experience in test and measurement, Marion has developed strong business relationships within the industry. His career with Anritsu began following the company's 1990 merger with Wiltron, where Marion had been managing director. In his new role, he will be responsible for improving marketing and technical support to customers. Marion holds an electronics degree from the University Institute of Technology in Ville d'Avray (Paris) and has held a number of technical positions before focusing on sales.

Optical Metrology Innovations (OMI—Cork, Ireland) appointed David Nimmo sales vice president. "I am looking forward to the challenges of bringing OMI's new and innovative technology to the compound semiconductor and packaging markets," says Nimmo. "I believe that OMI's technology fills a demand for turnkey metrology systems." He has worked the last 12 years in the metrology sector of the semiconductor industry, including European operations manager at ADE International, where he led the establishment of ADE's European arm.

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