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14 November 2007


Avanex appoints senior VP of sales

Optical communications component and module maker Avanex Corp of Fremont, CA, USA has appointed Scott Parker as senior vice president of sales. Parker will join on 27 November and will be responsible for executing the firm’s sales strategy, improving processes, and increasing sales globally.

“Scott’s proven capabilities and specific industry knowledge for integrating and building successful sales forces and strategies is a great addition to the management team,” says chairman, president and CEO Jo Major. “Under his direction, our sales team will continue to grow revenue by focusing on our new products in existing accounts and expanding our presence in geographical areas that are currently under-served.”

Parker brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the optical and semiconductor industries and has a strong track record in driving sales growth and leading customer-focused teams, Avanex says. Prior to joining Avanex, he was VP of sales & marketing at Integration Associates and CEO at Chelsio Communications, both start-up companies funded by Sequoia Capital. Previously, Parker was senior VP of sales & marketing for JDSU, where he integrated the sales and customer service teams from numerous acquisitions. He has also held sales and general manager positions at VLSI, National Semiconductor and Intel.

“I am excited to join the Avanex team and look forward to helping build upon the company’s success and strength,” said Parker. “The strength we are seeing in the optical telecommunications market provides a great opportunity to grow the company’s revenue and I look forward to leading that effort.”

Parker’s appointment coincides with the resignation of Yves Le Maitre from the role of Chief Marketing Officer to pursue other opportunities. "We thank Yves for his contribution during the restructuring of the company, and wish him well in the future," said Major.

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