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Alain Couder Named Bookham President and CEO

Photonics.com
Jul 2007
Bookham Inc., a provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, today announced the appointment of Alain Couder as president and CEO, effective Aug. 13. Couder replaces acting president and CEO Peter Bordui, who will remain as chairman of Bookham's board of directors. The company said it expects Couder, who will be based at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters, to also be elected to the board. Couder was most recently president and CEO of Solid Information Technology Inc., a supplier of database solutions. Before that, he served as president and CEO of Confluent Software Inc., and IP Dynamics Inc., and as chairman and CEO of Packard Bell NEC Inc. Couder has also served as chief operating officer for both Agilent Technologies and Groupe Bull. Earlier in his career, he held a series of general and technology management positions at Hewlett Packard and IBM and also served as an advisor for Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm.



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optical component
One or more optical elements – typically cemented together - in an optical system that are treated as a single group; e.g., a beamsplitter, or a cemented doublet or triplet.
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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