Ex Nortel Exec Joins UK Startup

Allan Fox, once head of Nortel's Harlow lab, joins Polatis, a startup making an all-optical switch

November 22, 2000

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CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- Polatis Ltd, is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Allan FoxF.R.Eng as Chairman.

Dr Fox, stated “He is delighted to be joining the innovative and fast movingteam at Polatis, operating in this very exciting sector of thecommunications industry”. Dr Fox, previously MD of Nortel Network’s HarlowLaboratories, a key centre for advanced optical communications productdevelopment, was awarded the Nortel Fellowship earlier this year, the firstoutside Canada. He was Nortel “Manager of the Year” 1998, where he headedthe next generation architectures programme for future communicationsnetworks.

Andrew Dames, CEO of Polatis stated “ We are delighted to have Allan Fox onboard at Polatis. His strategic direction and breadth of communicationsnetwork experience will be a great asset to Polatis at this exciting time”.

Polatis Ltd., a Cambridge start-up, founded June, 2000 by Andrew Dames, isdeveloping a scalable all-optical switch technology for the next generationof Long Haul and Metropolitan fibre optic networks. Polatis switchesutilise a proprietary low cross talk, low insertion loss 3D all-opticalswitch technology.


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