JULY 12, 2007 -- Bookham Inc. (search for Bookham) has appointed Alain Couder as president and CEO. It is anticipated that he will also be elected to the company's board of directors. Couder succeeds Dr. Peter Bordui, acting president and CEO, who will continue to serve as chairman of the company's board of directors. Couder will be based in the company's San Jose headquarters and will formally take on his new position effective August 13.
"We're delighted to have Alain join Bookham," said Dr. Bordui. "He's a highly qualified international executive with a well established record of success. We believe he's a great fit for our organization and we expect his contributions will be invaluable in serving our customers and creating value for our shareholders."
"I am joining Bookham at a time when, having achieved significant technological success, the company is poised to achieve profitable growth in a market eager for ever increasing bandwidth," said Couder. "I plan to leverage the company's position in the communication market to increase shareholder value."
Couder was most recently president and CEO of Solid Information Technology Inc., a supplier of database products. Prior to joining Solid, Couder served as president and CEO of Confluent Software Inc., and IP Dynamics Inc., and as chairman and CEO of Packard Bell NEC, Inc. Couder has also held the position of COO for both Agilent Technologies and Groupe Bull. Earlier in his career, Couder held a series of general and technology management positions at Hewlett Packard and IBM. He has also served as an advisor for Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm.
Couder holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Superieure d'Electricite in Paris.