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12 July 2007


Bookham appoints new president & CEO; Bordui remains chairman

Optical component, module and subsystem maker Bookham Inc has appointed Alain Couder as president and CEO (effective 13 August), based at the firm’s headquarters in San Jose, CA, USA. It is expected that he will also be elected to the firm’s board of directors. Couder succeeds Dr Peter Bordui, acting president and CEO, who continues as chairman of the board.

“Couder is a highly qualified international executive with a well-established record of success,” says Bordui. “We believe he’s a great fit for our organization and we expect his contributions will be invaluable in serving our customers.”

“I am joining Bookham at a time when, having achieved significant technological success, the company is poised to achieve profitable growth in a market eager for ever increasing bandwidth,” says Couder. “I plan to leverage the company’s position in the communication market to increase shareholder value.”

Couder was most recently president and CEO of database solutions provider Solid Information Technology Inc. Previously, he was president and CEO of Confluent Software Inc and IP Dynamics Inc, and chairman and CEO of Packard Bell NEC Inc. He has also been chief operating officer for both Agilent Technologies and Groupe Bull. Earlier in his career, Couder held general and technology management positions at Hewlett Packard and IBM. He has also served as an advisor for Sofinnova Ventures, a venture capital firm.

Couder holds a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the École Supérieure d’Électricité in Paris.

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