MANHASSET, N.Y. Avanex Corp. has named Yves LeMaitre as vice president and general manager of the newly formed optical components business unit, which combines the active and passive discrete components and the transmission modules groups.
LeMaitre was most recently president and chief executive officer of Lightconnect Inc., a privately-held optical MEMS component supplier based in California. Prior to that, LeMaitre was vice president and general manager of Core Data Products at Alcatel USA Inc. with worldwide marketing responsibility.
LeMaitre has also held various senior marketing and engineering management positions in France, the Netherlands and Italy for Alcatel and SITA.
Seeking to improve profitability, Avanex has in recent months restructured operations, moving manufacturing to low-cost locations and opening an operations center near Bangkok, Thailand.