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Houghton Stepping Down as Corning’s Board Chairman

Photonics.com
Jan 2007
Corning Inc. announced that James R. Houghton will step down as non-executive chairman of the board at the company’s annual shareholders meeting on April 26, 2007. He will continue serving as a board member. Company CEO Wendell P. Weeks has been named board chairman; Peter F. Volanakis will assume the role of president along with his responsibilities as COO. Both appointments will take effect at the April meeting. Houghton served Corning for more than 38 years, first retiring from the company in 1996. He returned as non-executive chairman in June 2001 and was also named CEO in April 2002. He relinquished the CEO role in April 2005, at which time Weeks was named president and CEO and Volanakis COO. In May 2006, Houghton retired as an employee of the company for the second time but retained the role of non-executive chairman. Weeks joined Corning in 1983 and has served in various executive positions, including division vice president (later general manager) of Telecommunications Products, senior vice president of Opto-Electronics and president of Optical Communications. He has been Corning president and CEO since April 2005. Volanakis joined Corning in 1982 as a market development specialist in the company’s Optical Products Div. He has also served as general manager, Europe for the Environmental Products Div., executive vice president of Siecor Corp. (a Siemens-Corning equity venture) and senior vice president, Advanced Display Products. He was named president of Corning Technologies in Jan. 2001 and in April 2005 became the company's COO.


GLOSSARY
optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
optoelectronics
A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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