iTerra Communications, a manufacturer of compound semiconductor-based products for microwave and lightwave systems, has appointed Avi Katz, PhD, as president and chief executive officer, and member of the board of directors. Katz was chief executive of hardware and software companies prior to joining iTerra. Marc Correa has been named director of operations, reporting directly to Katz. He will be responsible for leading the introduction of new products to manufacturing, for supply/demand planning, assembly and test, global outsourcing of wafer fabrication, package assembly, and test, and for order fulfillment.

Jeremy Dietz has joined California Eastern Laboratories as director of its Fiber Optics and Optical Semiconductor Business Unit. Dietz will be responsible for the marketing and business management of CEL’s rapidly expanding fiber optic and optical isolation product lines. He comes to CEL from Sharp Microelectronics, where he served as optoelectronics product manager.

Original design manufacturer TXP Corporation has appointed Masoud Vaziri, PhD, MBA, vice president of photonics. Vaziri will oversee the photonics laboratory and support the ONT team with interoperability activities and new product development. He began his career in 1995 as a member of the scientific staff for optical system design at Nortel Networks.

David Gudmundson has been named president of optical communications at JDSU. Gudmundson, who joined JDSU in December 2003, will handle optical communications sales, operations, and product development. As senior vice president of corporate development and marketing, Gudmundson played an integral role in various transactions including the acquisitions of Lightwave Electronics, Acterna, and Agility Communications.

ETI Software Solutions, Inc. has appointed Leonard Ray as vice president, new business development, who will leverage his experience to grow ETI’s business with municipal utilities building FTTP networks. He will also be responsible for cultivating relationships with ETI’s many technology partners. He continues to serve on the FTTH Council’s board of directors, is chairman of its Government Relations Committee, and is the author of the FTTH Council’s call for 100 Megabit Nation.

Dick Chang, chairman of the board of Avago Technologies Limited, has joined CoAdna Photonics’ board of directors. Chang has more than 30 years of experience in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of semiconductor, optoelectronics, and fiber optics products. Chang received a bachelor’s in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University.

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