PRINCETON, N.J., May 16 -- John D. Pittman, formerly managing director with global responsibility for Nortel Networks' Optoelectronics division, has been hired as president and CEO of Princeton Lightwave Inc. I've joined Princeton Lightwave because it promises to be an exciting place to work, explained Pittman. This is an outstanding organization with world-class technology developed at Sarnoff, which is one of the premier R&D laboratories in optical communications. John Connolly, vice president of engineering and a co-founder of Princeton Lightwave, said Attracting John to Princeton Lightwave is a tremendous coup for our company and a strong endorsement of our technology. John has great leadership abilities, deep industry knowledge, and high stature within the optoelectronics community. These qualities will help Princeton Lightwave quickly become a technology leader and a major supplier of optical components to the telecommunications industry.