12 January 2023
Coherent appoints Beck Mason as executive VP, Telecommunications
Materials, networking and laser technology firm Coherent Corp says that Dr Beck Mason has joined the company as executive VP, Telecommunications, leading the Telecommunications business unit within the Networking Segment.
“Mason will identify the technology vision for Coherent’s telecom product offerings, play an integral role in defining the company’s technology platforms and strategic investments, and drive the profitable growth of the telecom business in the communications markets that we serve,” says chair & CEO Dr Vincent D. Mattera Jr.
Mason will have oversight of Coherent’s broad technology and product portfolio for optical communications in transport and access networks, from components to integrated modules and disaggregated subsystems. The telecom product portfolio includes wavelength-tunable pluggable transceivers, high-speed coherent pluggable transceivers, wavelength-selective switch (WSS) modules, pump lasers, optical amplifiers, optical monitoring, and reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) solutions.
Mason joins Coherent from Lumentum, where he was senior VP & general manager of the Telecom Transmission business and helped to guide their technology strategy for the past four years. He joined Lumentum in 2018 through the acquisition of Oclaro, where he was president of the Integrated Photonics business. Prior to Oclaro, Mason held leadership positions at JDSU, Collinear, Finisar, Agere Systems, and Lucent Technologies Bell Labs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Canada, a master’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB).