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15 May 2008


Bookham adds two new board members

Optical component, module and subsystem maker Bookham Inc of San Jose, CA, USA says that Dr Bernard Couillaud and Edward (Ted) Collins have been elected to its board of directors. 

“Both Bernard and Ted have a wealth of experience in their respective industries,” says chairman Peter Bordui. “Bernard has unparalleled background in the industrial laser market through his leadership experience at Coherent. Ted’s broad legal background, along with his private equity expertise and knowledge of the China market, strengthens our capabilities in these important areas,” he adds.

Couillaud has more than 25 years of executive level experience, mostly with laser manufacturer Coherent Inc of Santa Clara, CA, where he was president and CEO until 2002 and chairman from October 2002 to June 2007, as well as chairman of the supervisory board of German public company Lambda Physik AG from 2000 to 2005.  During his academic career in physics and laser technology, Couillaud was a full professor at the University of Bordeaux and a CNRS Fellow. He is also a member of the French National Academy of Technology.

Collins has extensive investment banking, management and legal experience. He is currently managing director and a partner at ChinaVest, where he is involved in private equity investments in China. He is also chairman of the board of the California Bank of Commerce, director and audit committee chairman of the Taiwan Greater China Fund, and a director of MedioStream of Los Altos, CA. Previously, Collins was a partner at the law firm McCutchen, Doyle, Brown, & Enersen, responsible for the Greater China practice. He has served as counsel to various investment groups, banks, and manufacturing companies in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and has been a member of the State Bars of California and Texas.

“I look forward to their contributions as we transition Bookham to reach positive cash flow from operations before the end of the calendar year and guide the company to consistent and profitable growth,” says president and CEO Alain Couder. 

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