Bookham Appoints New Laser Diode Technical Sales Manager

Bookham, Inc. (Nasdaq: BKHM), a leading provider of optical components, modules and subsystems, announced the appointment of Pierre Champert as Technical Sales Manager of its high power laser diode business unit. Dr. Champert’s appointment will advance business growth across Europe, with a particular focus on France, and will further strengthen support and service to customers in this region.

“We have had tremendous success around the world with our high power laser diodes, which are recognised for their power and reliability,” said Gunnar Stolze, European Sales Director of Industrial Products at Bookham. “Europe is particularly important to us as a diverse and advanced industrial market, with a wealth of industries, from automotive to biomedical, using state-of-the-art photonics to maintain their leading edge.

“With over 10 years’ experience in solid state and fiber laser technologies, Pierre will prove invaluable in continuing our success. His appointment is a sign of the continued investment we are making in commercial, manufacturing and engineering functions to address the needs of the high power laser diode market.”

Originally developed for use in telecommunications networks, Bookham has directed significant effort into adapting and diversifying its high power laser diodes to a number of markets and applications, including industrial, medical, display, analytical, printing, aerospace and defense.

“Bookham is renowned for its innovation and reliability in the high power laser diode market,” said Dr. Champert. “Established almost 20 years ago, the facility in Zurich has made many breakthroughs in the industrial laser market and continues to push back the boundaries of laser technology today. I am very pleased to be joining such an experienced team and look forward to strengthening the company’s position in Europe even further.”

Pierre ChampertBefore joining Bookham, Dr. Champert contributed to Keopsys SA’s business development in Europe. He holds a degree in Physics from the University of Paris-Orsay and a PhD in Physics from Imperial College London.

About Bookham
Bookham is a leading manufacturer and independent, vertically integrated supplier of high performance, high reliability industrial laser diodes across many markets, including industrial, medical, display, analytical, printing, aerospace and defense.

The company boasts two decades of experience as a leader in laser diode development, continued investment in technology and customer support, and offers scalability for cost efficient, high volume production through the use of advanced automated manufacturing processes in its state of the art facility in Zurich.

Bookham was the first company to offer 120W 9xxnm diode bars and is a leader in the market for single emitter 8W pigtailed laser modules for fiber laser pumping. The company’s diversified high power laser diode offering ranges from 8W pigtailed multimode modules to 120W bars and 2.4kW fast axis collimated stacks.