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Apr 1st, 2002
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Geroge Nolen, head Siemens ICN UD, www.siemens.com/networks
George Nolen, ex-president of Siemens Enterprise Networks in the US, is now head of Siemens Information and Communication Networks US. Siemens' worldwide telecommunications group head Thomas Ganswindt took over from Mark Floyd as acting head of ICN US in early February but will continue as its chairman. "We see the realignment of our US business as an opportunity to further enhance our leading role as an architect of Next Generation Network solutions, to significantly bolster our presence in the crucial US market and, at the same time, to firmly improve the profitability of our US business," Ganswindt said.

John McGraw, chairman, www.kamelian.com
Oxford-based semiconductor optical amplifier maker Kamelian Ltd has appointed John McGraw as chairman. McGraw is former president and CEO of Santa Clara-based optoelectronic component maker LightLogic Inc (sold to Intel Corp in May 2001). He was previously senior VP of Raychem Corp and general manager of its electronic components business. He has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

McGraw will continue to maintain his base in Silicon Valley but will spend substantial time with the Kamelian in the UK.

David Sibbald, chairman since Kamelian's inception in July 2000, will continue as a non-executive director.

Peter Bordul, non-executive director, www.intensephotonics.com
Peter Bordui has joined Scottish integrated opto component maker Intense Photonics as a non-executive director.

Bordui started work in 1980 at Philips Labs in New York on opto materials then joined Siemens company Crystal Technology as R&D manager, then VP & general manager of its Materials Division. Bordui joined JDS Uniphase in 1999 and became VP & general manager of the core Source Lasers business unit. He is also on the boards of New Focus and Scottish start-up Photonic Materials. "Peter Bordui's knowledge of the opto industry is very useful in helping us to identify application areas where we can add value", says CEO David Lockwood.

Behrooz Parsay, senior VP engineering & operations, www.LanternCom.com
Behrooz Parsay has joined San Jose-based Lantern Communications - a pioneer of Resilient Packet Ring 10Gbit/s Ethernet packet-optimised access - as senior VP, engineering and operations.

"As we now transition from a development-stage company to an early-growth stage company, we are expanding our management team to enable us to broaden our products portfolio", said CEO Randy Strahan.

Parsay was formerly senior VP of engineering at Kestrel Solutions and DIVA Inc then senior VP of engineering and operations at InLight Communications.

Heinz Meier, www.avalon-photonics.com
Zürich-based high-speed opto component supplier Avalon Photonics Ltd has elected Dr Heinz Meier to its board of directors. Meier was until recently sales & marketing director at Nortel Networks, Switzerland and previously sales & marketing director at JDS Uniphase.

CEO K Gulden said, "Heinz's background in material science and manufacturing, along with his experience in the fibre-optic components business, will assist us in the evaluation of new technologies and business opportunities."

Peter Thorn, European sales and business development, www.onetta.com
Sunnyvale, CA-based Intelligent Optical Engines developer Onetta Inc has expanded its sales initiatives in Europe by entering into a distribution agreement with Munich-based AMS Technologies AG and named Dr Peter Thorn, Director, European Sales & Business Development. Located in the UK, Thorn will be responsible for positioning Onetta's portfolio of products, including EDFAs, Raman amplifiers and DGE subsystems with network equipment manufacturers. Thorn was formerly Director of Product Portfolio Management for Nortel Networks' High Performance Optical Components group. "Having Peter directing our European sales efforts will prove an effective formula for penetrating this important market," said VP of worldwide sales Andy Lovit.

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