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Avanex Names Industry Vet as Senior VP and GM

Photonics.com
Mar 2007
Avanex Corp. of Fremont, Calif., a provider of intelligent photonic solutions for next-generation optical networks, today announced the appointment of Pat Edsell as senior vice president and general manager. Edsell is responsible for the company’s product development center in Shanghai and the company’s transmission, components and modules, and advanced modules and subsystems business units. Edsell brings over 23 years of senior executive experience in the optical and microelectronic industries to his new position. Most recently, he served as CEO of NP Photonics, a venture-backed photonics startup company specializing in the sensing, medical and R&D markets. Prior to that, Edsell served as CEO of Spectra-Physics (now a division of Newport Corp.). He also held positions at Pharos AB in Stockholm, GP Technologies, Sun Co. and GE.



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optical
Pertaining to optics and the phenomena of light.
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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