DWDM subsystem supplier Highwave Optical Technologies appointed Anne-Marie Angelelli sales vice president. Angelelli has more than 15 years' experience in sales and marketing in telecommunications. After nine years at Bosch Telecom in telecoms infrastructure projects as director of the export department then director of the New Providers' Division, she joined Dassault Automatismes et Télécommunications as export sales director for France. At the start of 2000, she became sales director, New Providers, at Ericsson. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Lille (IDN), Angelelli has a postgraduate degree in electronics.

Former Ericsson company Northlight Optronics, which was founded in January and designs and makes laser transmitters, receivers, and optical amplifiers operating up to 10 Gbits/sec, has hired Dr. Steven Dye as sales director for Europe, responsible for commercial business and sales development. Formerly with Agere Systems, Dye was opto marketing manager for Western Europe, responsible for the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Benelux, Denmark, and Israel, then senior manager for EMEA, optoelectronics, responsible for the management of technical sales and applications engineering. Dye has a PhD from the University of Kent in lithium niobate modulators and BSc in communications engineering.

Agere Systems named Keith Pruden sales vice president for Europe in Ascot, UK, responsible for growing relationships with customers in Europe, including the provision of full technical support and reporting to Ahmed Nawaz, executive vice president of worldwide sales. He replaces Denis Regimbal, now marketing vice president for the Client Systems Group, reporting to its executive vice president, Ron Black. Most recently, Pruden developed sales opportunities for the region and secured key customer wins. Before joining Agere in August 2001, Pruden held senior management positions at Cadence Design Systems and VLSI Technology.

Acterna named John R. Peeler chief executive, replacing Ned C. Lautenbach. Peeler maintains his position as president of Acterna and president/CEO of Acterna's communications test business, its largest business unit. He served with the company for 23 years, including as president/CEO of TTC, which merged with Wavetek Wandel Goltermann in 2000 to form Acterna. In his new role, Peeler assumes overall management responsibilities for Acterna's other subsidiaries: Itronix and da Vinci Systems. Itronix markets "ruggedised" computing devices for field-service applications; da Vinci Systems designs and markets video colour correction systems to the video post-production industry.

Aelis Photonics, a dynamic optical signal processing developer founded in 2001 in Netanya, Israel, has made Dr. Alan E. Willner, University of Southern California professor of electrical engineering systems and founder of dispersion compensator maker Phaethon Communications, an advisory board member. He will help launch optical equalisation technology for extending network reach/speed. "Aelis's strategy is to adaptively address multiple fibre-based signal-degrading effects over many WDM optical channels with a single device," Willner says. "Such a breakthrough could make a dramatic difference in the cost of deploying tunable compensators."

Telenor ASA has elected Dr. Thorleif Enger chairman of the board, succeeding Tom Vidar Rygh, who resigned in December to become head of the investment bank Enskilda Securities AB in Sweden. Enger has been a board member since October 2001. He is executive VP and a member of Norsk Hydro's corporate management, in charge of Hydro Agri, the world's largest fertiliser company. With Norsk Hydro since 1973, he has been project director for the development of the Oseberg Field in the North Sea and responsible for domestic and foreign oil and gas activities. During 1970-73, he was employed by Shell Development Co. in Houston, Texas, USA. Enger has a PhD in structural engineering from the University of Colorado.

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