APPOINTMENTS ADDRESS GROWING DEMAND FOR OPTICAL SWITCH TECHNOLOGY
Billerica, MA., Cambridge, UK – March 13, 2007 – Polatis Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of optical switches, announced today the appointment of two senior executives to its international sales force. The expansion comes as Polatis is experiencing rapid growth in demand for its optical switch technology from a variety of sectors.
Garland Shinn, previously Vice President of Sales at Nettest, joins Polatis as Director of Sales, Test and Measurement Group, as the company looks to cement its leadership in the North American market and to grow sales internationally. Vernon Brokke, formerly with Juniper Networks and Sycamore Networks, joins Polatis as Director of Sales, Federal Systems Group.
“The unparalleled performance and quality of the Polatis product line has seen us experience a rapid growth in our customer base,” said Dr. Aaron Bent, VP Sales and Marketing at Polatis. “We are delighted with the calibre of these appointments: both gentlemen bring with them a wealth of experience in their respective fields of expertise that will be key to Polatis’ continued expansion.”
Mr. Shinn has played a key role in building worldwide sales networks for major players in the test and measurement space, including Photon Kinetics, Circadiant Systems, PK Technology, and Nettest, part of the Anritsu group. He has 18 years’ experience and has specialized in establishing sales channels in Asia for North American companies.
Mr. Brokke has a distinguished sales career encompassing over 25 years in which he has specialized in selling networking technology to Federal and State Government and has won eight President’s Club Awards. Mr. Brokke was the lead account manager at Sycamore Networks for its optical cross-connect contract in the federal government’s global GIG BE roll-out in 2003.
Polatis has products designed to meet the needs of its test and automation customers, including the VST Optical Switch, which integrates switching, optical power metering, and optical attenuation into one product with a single interface. Polatis has also deployed products for numerous applications in the Federal and Defense sector, including its plug-and-play OSB Compact-PCI Optical Switch Blade, and its High Port Asymmetric (HPA) product, aimed at RF-over-fiber, security and encryption, and secure comms applications.
Later this month, the company will bring its largest product range ever to OFC/NFOEC, taking place in Anaheim, California, March 25 – 29, including products designed for use in: test automation of manufacturing production, Defense communications, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), telecommunications networks, and video broadcast networks.
High resolution images of Garland Shinn and Vernon Brokke are available on request from email@example.com.
Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. The Polatis patented DirectLight® optical beam-steering technology is at the core of its family of highly reliable and compact photonic switching solutions. Polatis delivers a broad range of optical switching products with class-leading performance to customers in the communications, video, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company has headquarters located near Boston, Massachusetts and in Cambridge, UK. Polatis Inc. is supported through investments by 3i Group, Alta Berkeley, Prelude Trust, EonTech Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Boston Millennia Partners, Harris and Harris Group, GE Capital, MTDC, Arcadian Venture Partners, and Gainesborough Investments.