Ex-Opvista VP joins Polatis on eve of European Conference on Optical Communications
Billerica, MA., Cambridge, UK – September 12, 2007 – Polatis Inc., a leading manufacturer of optical switches, today announced the appointment of three senior executives to its international sales force as it strives to meet growing demand for high performance optical switch technology.
Stuart Santoro, previously Vice President of Sales at Opvista, joins Polatis as Director of Telco Sales, North America, driving sales of the company’s compact latching switch and other fibre switching products. Sean Gordon, formerly with Foxcom Ltd, joins Polatis as Director of Sales, Video/Broadcast worldwide, and Philip Benguhe, formerly of DiCon Fiberoptics, joins as Director of Sales, Defense and Federal sector.
“We have increased our market share across a range of sectors as customers deploy optical switches to manage networks and better utilize fibre assets,” said Dr Aaron Bent, VP Sales and Marketing at Polatis. “The performance and reliability of our technologies creates a unique offering for the telecoms, broadcast and Defence sectors that has seen a significant increase in sales in the last 12 months.
“All three sales directors bring invaluable expertise to the company and will allow us to continue to capitalise on the ever-increasing demand for the highest quality optical switching products,” concluded Bent.
Mr. Santoro has over 20 years’ experience with many distinguished sales positions and has played a key role in building worldwide sales networks for major players in the telecommunications space, including Opvista, Ubiquitair Incorporated, Ceterus Networks, and ECI Telecom.
Mr. Gordon boasts 14 years’ experience as VP Marketing and Business development at Foxcom Ltd, including the supply of fibre optic equipment to the video broadcast, satellite communications, and RF over Fibre markets.
Mr Benguhe was previously Director of Sales – Specialty Products at DiCon Fibreoptics and National Account Sales Manager at JDSU. He has worked with numerous key Defense contractors and US Defence agencies.
Polatis has the highest performing switching products in the telecom sector, including the newly released CLS Switch, which is ideal for network monitoring, and its ultra low-loss WSS technology, aimed at reducing network cost and enabling new architectures in next generation DWDM networks. To meet growing demand for fibre in video broadcast applications, Polatis offers the Trinity™ family of optical video routing switches as a specialized product for customers in the video transport, broadcast, and video post-production industries. 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.
Next week, the company will bring its product range to ECOC, taking place in Berlin, Germany, 17-19 September, including products designed for use in: test automation of manufacturing production, Defense communications, Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), telecommunications networks, and video broadcast networks.
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, DFJ Esprit, EonTech Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Boston Millennia Partners, Harris and Harris Group, MTDC, and Gainesborough Investments.
To learn more please visit our website at: www.polatis.com . Product images can be obtained from www.polatis.com/support/downloads.asp .