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21 December 2006


Emcore makes Ortel manager president and COO; CTO steps down from board 

Emcore Corp of Somerset, NJ, USA, which makes components and subsystems for the broadband, fiber-optic, satellite and terrestrial solar power markets, has named Dr Hong Q Hou, vice president and general manager of its Ortel Division, as president and chief operating officer, as well as a director of the company, reporting to chief executive officer Reuben F Richards Jr. Executive VP and COO Scott T. Massie has resigned as an officer of Emcore and will leave the firm at the end of December to pursue other opportunities.

Hou has also been offered the position of CEO when Richards becomes chairman after Emcore’s annual shareholder meeting in 2008 (at which time the current chairman Dr Thomas Russell will become chairman emeritus and lead director).

Hou researched high-speed optoelectronics devices at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then from 1995 to 1998 was a principal member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories before joining Emcore in 1998, co-starting the Photovoltaics Division, and managing the Fiber Optics Division.

“Hou has been an invaluable contributor in virtually all aspects of Emcore's business over the past eight and a half years,” Richards said. “His keen strategic vision and exemplary leadership have been critical in helping to position the company in today's technologies and markets.” 

Also, Dr Richard A Stall has resigned from the board, but will continue as chief technology officer, executive VP and general manager of the Emcore Solar Power Division. Stall states that, in Hou, the board will continue to have a strong technically advanced director, enabling him to focus on his operating role.

* In connection with the changes, Emcore’s board has amended provisions of the company’s by-laws to immediately separate the positions of president and CEO and, after the annual shareholder meeting in 2008, to establish a corporate officer to hold the title of chairman, responsible for company strategy and policy and subject to the authority and supervision of the board. The CEO will be responsible for the business and affairs of the company.