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Polatis Appoints Executive Vice President of Engineering to Lead the Development of Ultra-Low Loss Photonic Switch Modules

Cambridge, UK - October 31, 2002 - Polatis, the Cambridge (UK) based company, developing all-optical photonic switch modules for telecommunications equipment manufacturers, announced the appointment of Nick Parsons as Executive Vice President of Engineering. Nick will lead the engineering and manufacturing teams, focussing on development and roll-out of Polatis' ultra low-loss photonic switch modules.

Nick Parsons joins Polatis with over 20 years experience in developing leading edge optical and electronic systems for the defence, aerospace and communications industries. Most recently he served as Vice President and Programme Director at Marconi Optical Components, with responsibility for the optical amplifier portfolio and next generation product strategy. Previously, Nick held senior roles within the Avionics Group of BAE SYSTEMS, latterly serving as Technical Director of the Tactical Products Division. In his early career, he managed R&D divisions of GEC-Marconi in photonics & microwave technologies and has over 40 papers and 10 patents in the field.

"Nick's vast experience of the optical product industry and the engineering of telecommunications products will prove invaluable in our next phase of company development" enthused Dr. Gary Vanstone, CEO at Polatis. "We are extremely pleased to welcome him as a member of our executive team."

About Polatis Ltd

Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. Its patented direct optical beam steering technology is powering the creation of highly reliable and compact photonic switching solutions. Polatis delivers a broad range of optical switching products with class-leading performance to customers in the communications, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company is located in Cambridge, UK on the country's foremost Science Park. Polatis is backed by 3i, Alta Berkeley, Prelude and EonTech.

To learn more please visit our website at: www.polatis.com

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Abbie Clarke
Marketing Coordinator
Polatis Ltd
332 Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge, CB4 0BZ, UK
+44 (0)1223 394807