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NanoOpto appoints Andrew Savadelis as chief financial officer and adds Richard Hegberg to its board of directors

NanoOpto Names CFO, Director

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SOMERSET, N.J. -- NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, today announced that Andrew Savadelis has joined the company as its Chief Financial Officer.

Savadelis brings over 25 years of experience in Finance, Operations, Planning, and Sales to NanoOpto. Prior to joining NanoOpto, Savadelis was CFO, SVP Finance, and Board Member at Alfacell Corporation, where he was responsible for closing the single largest financing in the company’s history. Previously, Savadelis has held executive positions as CFO and SVP Finance at Orchid BioSciences Inc.; Principal at Stratus Photonics; CFO and EVP Finance at eMagin Corporation; Treasurer and Director M&A and Director Investor Relations at Anadigics; and Manager Corporate Treasury at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Savadelis holds a B.S. in Biology from Albright College and an MBA from Cornell University.

“NanoOpto is excited to have an executive of Andrew’s caliber and experience joining its team,” said Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO of NanoOpto. “He will play a critical role as we continue to grow NanoOpto, simultaneously expanding our customer base and making the infrastructure investments to support our ability to deliver products in volume.”

In a separate release:

NanoOpto Corporation, who is applying novel design methods and proprietary nano-fabrication technology to produce a broad range of unique optical components that enable higher quality, low-cost optical components and systems, today announced that Richard E. Hegberg, Senior Vice President of World Wide Sales at ATI Technologies has joined its Board of Directors. The addition of Hegberg is a planned progression to bring independent industry leaders onto the NanoOpto Board and is in concert with the direction set in the C round venture financing closed earlier this year.

Hegberg joined ATI Technologies in 2003, where his role as SVP includes driving revenue growth and establishing strategic relationships and partnerships with key customers in targeted markets. Prior to joining ATI, Hegberg was recruited as the first full-time CEO of NetOctave, Incorporated, where his responsibilities included helping raise $18M and building out an Engineering team that designed and delivered 3 ASICs.

Prior to that, Hegberg was VP of Sales at Agere Semiconductor from 1997 to 2001; VP Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Trident Semiconductor from 1996 to 1997; VP at VLSI Technology from 1991 to 1996; and Founder and VP of Sales and Marketing at Electronic Designs Inc. from 1986 to 1991.

Hegberg holds a BSEE degree from Marquette University.

“We are pleased to welcome Rich Hegberg to the NanoOpto board as we enter the next stage of our company’s growth,” said Barry Weinbaum, President and CEO of NanoOpto. “As NanoOpto expands its product offerings, market applications, and production capability for both consumer optics and communications, we look forward to leveraging Rich’s experience in these areas.”

NanoOpto Corp.

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