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Polatis Appoints New CEO

Cambridge, UK - December 11, 2002 - Polatis, the Cambridge (UK) based company developing optical switch modules for telecommunications equipment manufacturers, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dave Lewis as Chief Executive Officer.

Gary Vanstone, who has acted as interim CEO and Chairman, will continue as Company Chairman.

"I am very pleased to join Polatis and look forward to working with the highly talented team", said Mr. Lewis. "Polatis has strong financial backing and has developed a unique core technology that can be exploited in a number of applications, the first of which will be a very low loss optical switch."

Dave Lewis joins Polatis with over 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. He was previously the Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Optical Networks Business Unit at Marconi, where he was responsible for SDH, DWDM and associated Network Management products. Prior to this, Dave held a number of senior roles within Marconi, including Managing Director Optical Networks, Managing Director Access & Transport Networks and Network Systems Group Engineering Director.

"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Lewis as CEO,” said Dr. Gary Vanstone, Chairman at Polatis. “His strong leadership skills and proven track record in the telecommunications industry make him ideal for taking Polatis to the next phase of its growth."

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