OFC Curse Continues, Sort Of
Bill Diamond, president of Neptec Optical Solutions Inc., took over a pre-OFC panel yesterday, saying he was there "because Drew Lanza has a screw loose."
Diamond was speaking the literal truth. Lanza, a partner with venture firm Morgenthaler, has a plate in his ankle, and a screw in the plate had loosened, requiring emergency surgery. "It looked like a hardware store in the x-ray. It was scary," Diamond said.
Lanza was therefore unavailable to moderate the "State of the Industry" panel, a highlight of the annual Optical Society of America's Executive Forum held the day before OFC (see Components Competition Is Killing).
It's the third year in a row a prominent speaker has been scratched for medical reasons. Sean Maloney of Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) was hospitalized prior to a keynote. And last year, doctors ordered JDS Uniphase Corp.'s (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU) newly minted CEO, Kevin Kennedy, to stay home, a decision possibly related to the heavy travel schedule he'd incurred in the months preceding the conference. (See OFC Keynoter Lands on DL and Keynote Curse Strikes Again.)
Lanza was a pre-OFC speaker, but Maloney and Kennedy were scheduled to talk during the conference. One wonders, then, if the curse will be satisfied by Lanza's mishap. Perhaps today's keynoters -- Donald Keck of Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW) and Hiromichi Shinohara of NTT Communications Corp. -- should watch their step.
By day's end yesterday, word had it that Lanza's surgery had gone well. Light Reading wishes him a speedy recovery.
— Craig Matsumoto, Senior Editor, Light Reading