Labsphere gets new president & SVP following Chittim's move to Ocean Optics

Sept. 23, 2011
North Sutton, NH--Labsphere made two executive appointments: Jack Kelly will replace Kevin Chittim, who moved to Ocean Optics, as president, and Peter Weitzman was promoted to SVP.

North Sutton, NH--Labsphere, a light metrology equipment maker and subsidiary of Halma, has made two senior executive appointments following the move of company president Kevin Chittim to Ocean Optics, a sister company of Labsphere. Jack Kelly has joined Labsphere to replace Chittim as president, and Labsphere VP of sales Peter Weitzman was promoted to senior VP of Labsphere.

Kelly comes to Labsphere from another Halma company, Fiberguide, where he has served as president since 2009. During his time with the manufacturer of high optical transmission fibers, OEM assemblies and arrays, he successfully transitioned the company, a new acquisition at the time, into a strong performer as part of Halma’s Photonics division. Prior to joining Fiberguide, Kelly held president positions with Emerson Electric, Bristol Babcock, Axsys Technologies, and PMT. Kelly has a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).

"Jack brings significant international experience in operations and business strategy to Labsphere at a time when the photonics marketplace is rapidly changing," says Robert Randelman, divisional chief executive for Halma.

Weitzman has led Labsphere’s sales and marketing since 2008, guiding the company’s growth by developing applications engineering aligned with customer needs. Prior to that, he held senior positions with DEM Solutions and Concept NREC. Weitzman earned a doctoral degree in non-linear optics ( from Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), an MS EE from the University of Colorado, and a BS from Tufts University (Medford, MA).

SOURCE: Halma;

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Gail has more than 30 years of engineering, marketing, product management, and editorial experience in the photonics and optical communications industry. Before joining the staff at Laser Focus World in 2004, she held many product management and product marketing roles in the fiber-optics industry, most notably at Hughes (El Segundo, CA), GTE Labs (Waltham, MA), Corning (Corning, NY), Photon Kinetics (Beaverton, OR), and Newport Corporation (Irvine, CA). During her marketing career, Gail published articles in WDM Solutions and Sensors magazine and traveled internationally to conduct product and sales training. Gail received her BS degree in physics, with an emphasis in optics, from San Diego State University in San Diego, CA in May 1986.

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