Vitesse names COO
Chris Gardner has been appointed vice president and COO of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., where he will be responsible for the management of the company's five business divisions and manufacturing. Gardner joined the company in 1986 and has served most recently as vice president and general manager of the Telecom Division. Taking Gardner's place as vice president and general manager of the Telecom Division is Gregg Borodaty, who worked previously as director of marketing for the Telecom Division.
Cierra Photonics Inc. has named John Boyle, a general partner with Worldview Technology Partners, to its board of directors. He is also a member of the board of directors for Pluris Inc., Solinet Systems, and TollBridge Technologies. He worked formerly for 3Com as vice president of business development.
Larry Bautista has joined FLAG Telecom as chief financial officer, where he will continue to structure, negotiate, and close debt and equity financings for the company. From 1995 until the present, he served as deputy chief financial officer. Before taking on that role, he was vice president of finance and treasurer of the company.
Band-X had appointed Stephen Beynon as CEO. He worked formerly as marketing director of the data and business services division of Cable and Wireless Optus. As a member of the management team that founded the Cable and Wireless wholesale division, Beynon oversaw a revenue increase to $1 billion, a growth of 30% per annum over three years.
Charles E. Synborski has joined Melles Griot as business unit director for optical systems and custom photonics modules, where he will direct global business development for the company's industrial and scientific lenses, custom optical assemblies, and machine-vision products. Robert J. Hutchinson has joined the company as North American nanopositioning team leader, where he will head the newly formed nanopositioning product development and system-integration team. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of Lucid Inc. Jamie Hutchins has been named product manager for vision systems, where he will lead the company's marketing, product development, and sales efforts for machine- vision products. Prior to joining the company, he worked at Danfoss Videk Inc. as a product manager.
Radiant Photonics has appointed Joe Savage, former chief executive officer of Geyser Networks, as CEO of the company's new headquarters. During his 30-year telecommunications career, Savage has served as vice president of product planning and engineering at Fujitsu, assistant general manager at NEC, vice president of strategic planning and product management at ADC Kentrox, and vice president of research at industry-analyst firm RHK Inc.
Callisma has named Rhonda St. John as vice president of professional development and quality, where she will preside over the company's client excellence initiative and employee growth programs, including all technical curriculum, leadership training, mentor/partner programs, and executive development. Prior to joining the company, St. John was managing director of central operations at Inter national Network Services.
Équipe Communications Corp. has named Bob Sullebarger vice president of marketing and business development, where he will be responsible for the company's marketing, product management, program management, and business-development functions. He joined the company from his position as vice president of marketing at Spring Tide Networks, where he helped in the development and delivery of its IP Service Switch 5000.
Dado Banatao has been named vice chairman of Tellamon Photonic Networks Inc.'s board of directors. Formerly a venture partner at Mayfield Fund, Banatao has co-founded three technology startups and currently serves as chairman on the board of directors of a number of companies, including Cyras Systems, Marvell Technology Group, NewMoon.com, Newport Communications, and Silicon Access Networks.
Richco has appointed Mario Pieron vice president, sales and marketing. In this position, he will coordinate global marketing and sales for North and South America. He worked most recently as vice president, sales and marketing, at Ampere Automotive Corp.
Ciena Corp. has appointed its CEO, Patrick H. Nettles, chairman of the board of directors. Gary B. Smith, former COO, will assume the role of president. Nettles has served as the company's CEO and director since 1994. He currently serves as a trustee for the California Institute of Technology and also serves on the advisory board to the president at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Ron Bechtold has been named vice president of marketing and sales at PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, where he will be responsible for customer service/support and marketing communications. He served most recently as vice president of Hitachi America's DRAM division.
White Rocks Networks appointed Ronald L. Kelley vice president of sales. Kelley, who brings more than 15 years of sales management experience in the optical transport equipment market, most recently worked at Cyras Systems.
Chris Brady has been named European sales manager of ILX Lightwave, where he will be responsible for focusing the company's expansion in Europe and providing an enhanced level of service and support to both the distributors and customer base. Brady brings to the company several years' experience in the industry, working most recently at Elliot Scientific Ltd., where he was responsible for all aspects of their photonics products.
Onix Microsystems has named Carla Feldman vice president of marketing, where she will be responsible for marketing the company's all-optical-switching products. Prior to joining the company, Feldman served most recently at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies.
Dr. Clifton Draper has joined Sensors Unlimited Inc. as the liaison between manufacturing and research and development, where he will be responsible for providing key product analysis and assessment and advancing the quality and variety of fiber-optic components that the company can deliver to the marketplace. He brings to the company more than 23 years' experience in optical-fiber and semiconductor-device manufacturing research.
Simpler Networks has named Mark Peden vice president, technology marketing, where he will be responsible for leading the company's efforts related to industry standards bodies and government regulatory agencies. Prior to joining the company, he was director of technology at NorthPoint Communications.
Michael Jurcy has been named vice president of international sales at Ortronics Inc., where he will be responsible for the day-to-day operations within the structured cabling systems mar ket and will oversee the sales and operations for both Latin America and Asia Pacific regions. Prior to joining the company, he worked in sales and management at Anixter.
OMM Inc. has appointed Werner Pekarek vice president of manufacturing, where he will be responsible for helping the company increase its focus on switch subsystems that will enable communications-equipment manufacturers to build large-scale optical-crossconnect systems. He worked formerly at Siemens, where he served as vice president of manufacturing. His experience includes manufacturing leadership positions in telecommunications switching systems.
Southampton Photonics has appointed Dr. James D. Hood senior vice president of operations and engineering, where he will lead the commercialization of the company's technologies as well as co ordinate the rollout of the company's North American and European engineering and manufacturing facilities. He will also be responsible for putting in place the organization to recruit more than 200 development, support, and manufacturing positions at the company's U.K. and U.S. design and manufacturing operations. He worked formerly as vice president of engineering at Amati Communications.