Bandwidth9 has appointed Wayne Gartin VP worldwide sales and business development. He will lead the sales efforts of the second-generation MetroFlex tunable laser.

Gartin was VP of worldwide sales at tunable laser maker Agility Communications. Previously, he held similar positions at Infineon Technologies, EnThink Inc, Lucent Technologies, Adaptec and Intel.

"Wayne understands the tunable industry beyond compare," said CEO Hatch Graham. His joining brings "a substantial endorsement to the company's progress and readiness to support the growing adoption rate of tunable technology".

Chris MacGregor has been made director of applications engineering at Glasgow-based integrated III-V opto component supplier Essient, which recently launched its first product, the EA-MDA-10G Electro Absorption Modulator-Detector with Integrated Amplification.

At Qtera he led the design, development and implementation of the Ultra-Long Haul transmitter line-cards. At JDS Uniphase's Electro-optic Products Division, he developed electro-optic modulators. MacGregor also worked at Bell Labs in the Photonic Switching Technologies Department of Network Systems.

Deutsche Telekom's supervisory board has elected 41-year-old Kai-Uwe Ricke as chief executive officer. He succeeds Professor Dr Helmut Sihler, who was appointed interim CEO in July for up to six months. Key tasks include maintaining the consolidation course while developing new avenues of growth.

From 1990 to June 1995 Ricke was CEO of Talkline GmbH and Talkline PS Phone Service GmbH. From July 1995 he was chairman and CEO. From January 1998 he was chairman of DeTeMobil Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH and from February 2000 chairman of T-Mobile International AG. From May 2001 he was DT's chief operating officer for the mobile and online businesses.

Cambridge-based Polatis has appointed Nick Parsons as executive vice president of engineering. He will lead the engineering and manufacturing teams, developing and rolling out ultra low-loss photonic switch modules.

Parsons has over 20 years experience in developing optical and electronic systems, most recently as VP and programme director at Marconi Optical Components, responsible for the optical amplifier portfolio and next-generation product strategy. Previously, Parsons held senior roles in BAE Systems' Avionics Group, latterly technical director of the Tactical Products Division. Earlier he managed R&D divisions of GEC-Marconi in photonics & microwave technologies.

On 1 January Marie Ehrling will become Head of Telia's Swedish operations, reporting to Telia's president and CEO Anders Igel.

Ehrling joins after 20 years at SAS, most recently as deputy CEO and chief operating officer responsible for SAS Airline and previously with responsibility for the Ground and Station Services Divisions, international traffic routes and the establishment of Star Alliance. "Her experiences from the international scene, extensive Nordic co-operation plus the Star Alliance activities will be of great benefit to Telia," says Telia's President and CEO Anders Igel.

After the Telia–Sonera merger, she will be responsible for TeliaSonera Sweden. From 1 January this will combine Telia's Swedish activities, to include fixed, mobile and internet services. Both the fixed and mobile networks will be an integrated part of the Swedish Profit Centre.

Rami Hadar has been appointed chief executive officer of UK-headquartered Native Networks, which supplies metro Ethernet products and technology for the optical access network.

Previously Hadar was co-founder and executive VP of marketing and business development of Ensemble Communications and a board member of the Wireless Communication Association. Hadar was previously co-founder and CEO of CTP Systems in Israel, acquired in 1995 by DSP Communication.

Hadar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Technion University in Haifa, Israel.

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