Cognex cofounder named engineering director
Cognex Corp. has appointed co-founder and senior vice president of engineering Marilyn Matz director of the company's new engineering team. The team will develop machine-vision solutions specifically for the fiber-optics industry. She will be responsible for leading the team that will focus on the pressing and fast-growing needs of the manufacturers of fiber-optic components that want to automate the assembly of components such as optical amplifiers, laser diodes, and pump lasers.
Guy Powell has been appointed vice president of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region of Quantum Bridge Communications Inc. He will be responsible for all aspects of building, supporting, and developing the company's business strategy to match the specific needs of the client base within the region. He worked formerly as managing director at Ciena Europe.
Optisphere Networks Inc. has named John Beagley senior vice president for marketing and sales. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Beagley has a strong record of increasing sales and improving customer satisfaction. He was previously vice president of market development for Lucent's Optical Networking Group.
Robert H. Harvey has joined Codeon Corp. as CEO, where he will be responsible for providing strategic focus for the company's team of engineers and manufacturing personnel who are driving technological and production advancements in the optical field. Prior to joining the company, he was senior vice president of operations for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp.
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) has promoted John LoMedico to vice president of marketing, digital products. He was previously director of marketing, digital products, where he built associated staff, processes, and procedures. Prior to joining AMCC, he served as vice president of sales and marketing at Cimaron Communications.
Luminous Networks Inc. has added three new marketing directors. Raj Sharma has been named director of product-line management, John Hamburger has been named director of marketing communications, and Link Verstegen has been named director of market development. Sharma will be responsible for establishing product direction for development; Ham burger will be responsible for the company's global market communications program, including public relations, advertising, Website, collateral, and events; and Verstegen will be responsible for the company's direction within the various service-provider markets, the development of technical and market collateral, and driving customer requirements into the product lines.
Cyras Systems Inc. has promoted Jim Sparks to vice president of North American sales and David Geisinger to associate vice president of international sales. Sparks has been with the company since early 2000 and was one of the early members of the sales team. He has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications industry and will use this experience to lead the company's North American sales team. Geisinger was the company's first salesperson and has nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He will be responsible for leading and expanding the company's international sales effort.
Kestrel Solutions Inc. has appointed Behrooz Parsay senior vice president of engineering, David Yoffie senior vice president of operations, and Alan Schwartz Ocio vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining the company, Parsay served as senior vice president of development engineering at DIVA Inc., Yoffie worked as vice president of operations at GoDigital, and Schwartz served formerly as vice president/general counsel for Orbital Imaging Corp.
John H. Clark has been appointed CEO and chairman of the board at iolon Inc. In this position, Clark will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's product design, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. Prior to joining the company, he worked as vice president and general manager of the optoelectronics unit of Scientific-Atlanta.
Tellium Inc. has named Robert DeSantis executive vice president, where he will be responsible for the company's financial, legal, and corporate development and administrative affairs. Before joining Tellium, DeSantis was employed by Citizens Communications Co., where he served as chief financial officer, vice president, and treasurer.
David L. Cox has been named director of networking, engineering, and development at PB Telecommunications Inc., a subsidiary of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Cox will be responsible for all international telecommunications engineering activities. He worked formerly at GTE International, where he served as director of network engineering.
Mericom Corp. has announced that William G. Mundee joins the company as vice president of the network engineering division. Most recently, Mundee served as an engineering consultant, providing design and implementation expertise to satellite radio and MMDS carriers.
Kenneth Wright joins C-COR.net as chief technology officer, responsible for implementing the company's technology strategy. He will focus his efforts on the new and expanding arenas of fiber optics and network management. He worked formerly as chief technology officer for 21e.net, where he was responsible for the development of a broadband streaming media platform for broadcasting entertainment content over the Internet.
Telstra Corp. has named Rob Tsarnas president and CEO of its wholly owned subsidiary, Telstra Inc. In his new role, Tsarnas will oversee global account management for the company's U.S.-based Fortune 500 and 1000 customers with operations in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and Latin America. He will be responsible for managing the further development of the company's wholesale carrier business in North America as well as interconnection with the company's Asia-Pacific and global networks. Tsarnas was previously executive vice president of retail sales at the company.
Alopa Networks has added Manchu Nath as corporate controller and Caroline Fernandes as marketing director. Nath will be responsible for the company's financial functions, including budgeting and forecasting, developing and implementing company financial policies and controls, managing relationships with investors, and overseeing strategies for maximizing the company's value. He has served more than 14 years in the high-tech industry. Fernandes will be responsible for directing the company's marketing programs, increasing awareness of the company's position in the network self-provisioning space. She has four years of cable- broadband industry experience.
Joseph C. Horchak, formerly vice president of sales and marketing at Avimo Precision Polymer Optics, has joined Melles Griot Inc. as director of sales, where he will be directly responsible for the photonics sales force in the U.S and contribute his expertise in training and sales development to the company.
Richard Williams has been promoted to general manager of the company's Canadian operation, where he will be responsible for expanding the Canadian business. He has been with the company for 14 years, most recently looking after daily operations, administration, and sales for the company's Canadian operation.
Xtera Communications Inc. announced that Walter Foss has been named vice president of sales and Randy Schussler vice president of operations. Foss worked previously for Monterey Networks as vice president of sales, achieving success with both established and emerging long-haul carriers. Schussler most recently worked at 3dfx/STB Systems, where he was vice president of board operations. His background covers a broad range of experience, extending from project engineering to planner/buyer to marketing.
David Plenkenpol has been appointed vice president of global sales and marketing at Kymata Ltd, where he will be responsible for overseeing the company's worldwide sales, systems engineering, business development, and product marketing. He worked formerly as vice president of product marketing for the optical-networking group at Lucent Technologies.
RIFOCS Corp. has named Chuck Clark vice president and general manager. Clark previously worked at Greenlee-Textron, serving in various management capacities in engineering, marketing, and operations. He has also been involved in the reorganization of local-area-net work testing equipment manufacturer Datacom-Textron.