LightPath Technologies Inc. of Orlando, Fla., announced its board has promoted Jim Gaynor, formerly vice president of global operations, to president and CEO and board director. Gaynor, who has 30 years of experience in volume manufacturing in the electronics and optics industry, joined LightPath in July 2006. He started his career at Corning Glass Works and gained international experience at Rockwell International. He joined JDSU in 2000 as vice president of operations in the Transmission Subsystems group. Before joining LightPath, he was director of operations at Puradyn Filter. LightPath manufactures precision-molded aspheric and infrared optics, Gradium glass products, collimator assemblies, isolators, higher-level assemblies and packing solutions. Lightpath said it has improved its press capability and made investments in ceramic molds that enable high-temperature pressing and is in the process of qualifying new glass suppliers. LightPath also announced that its chairman, Bob Ripp, will assist its executive team with strategic planning.