Coherent, Inc., Semiconductor Division has named David Black North American Sales Manager. Black began his new position September 27, 2001. Black comes to Coherent from Continuum where he was employed for over 19 years. His last position was Director of Scientific Sales and Marketing for North America, in charge of managing Continuum's scientific and commercial laser products. Black is also a member of the Optical Society of America and SPIE. In his new position, Black manages the tactical day-to-day activities as well as overall planning, forecasting and direct sales for Coherent's North American diode laser business. "We are very excited to bring David into our organization," said Merrill Apter, vice president of sales and service for CSD. "He had an outstanding track record with Continuum and we're confident he'll continue to excel here at Coherent. His new position was born out of the continued growth of our diode laser business around the world and especially in North America."