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26 September 2012
Ex-JDSU executive Stan Lumish has been named as chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Pilot Photonics Ltd, a privately held company developing optical comb subsystems. Lumish replaces the company’s cofounder, Philip Perry, who will return to Dublin City University to pursue optical transmission research.
Pilot Photonics is a spin-out from Dublin City University and the Tyndall National Institute in Ireland. The start-up made its debut at the OFC/NFOEC conference in Los Angeles earlier this year, and in April was awarded seed investment of €300,000 from Enterprise Ireland and AIB Seed Capital Fund to help bring its technology to market.
“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Lumish join the company,” said Frank Smyth, Pilot Photonics co-founder and CTO. “He brings an invaluable wealth of experience, industry connections and business acumen at an important time in the company’s development. Stan will help us take the business to the next level.”
“I’ve been working with Pilot Photonics for several months now; they have a solid technology, a committed team, and are poised for growth,” said Dr. Lumish. "Pilot Photonics has optical comb source technology to deliver the capacity expansion offered by flex-grid and multicarrier systems. We’re looking forward to this year’s ECOC in Amsterdam where we plan to demonstrate our comb product line.”
Dr. Stan Lumish has over 25 years of experience in the field of optical networking. He has held leadership positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies and JDSU, including as the corporate CTO of JDSU. Most recently, he spent 18 months working for the United States Department of Defense on economic stabilization efforts for Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Pauline Rigby