Zurich, Switzerland-based Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced the appointment of Pierre Champert, PhD, as technical sales manager of its high-power laser diode business unit. Champert's appointment will advance business growth across Europe, with a particular focus on France, Bookham said. "With over 10 years' experience in solid-state and fiber laser technologies, Pierre will prove invaluable in continuing our success," said Gunnar Stolze, Bookham's European sales director of industrial products. Prior to joining the company, Champert contributed to Keopsys SA's business development in Europe. Bookham said it is adapting and diversifying its high-power laser diodes, originally developed for telecommunications networks, for applications including industrial, medical, display, analytical, printing, aerospace and defense.