News | January 27, 2011

LightWorks Optics, Inc. Names Michael Minailo As President And Chief Executive Officer

LightWorks Optics, Inc., the leading provider of advanced optical design engineering and production solutions for precision, assemblies, systems and components, has named Michael Minailo as the company's new Chief Executive Officer.

In this new role, Minailo will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans for sustained growth in the aerospace and defense market segments, as well as expanded positioning in the commercial, medical device and biomedical market segments.

"This is an era of new directions and growth for LightWorks Optics," said the company's cofounder, Dan Barber. "Michael's history in leading strategic growth in organizations and his depth of expertise within the medical device markets, global market development, and marketing and finance, are an ideal fit for helping us take our strengths in innovative technology development to a whole new level. We are delighted that Michael has agreed to lead our team."

Minailo joins LightWorks Optics with over 20 years of executive management expertise in strategic growth and global market penetration within the life sciences and technology industries. Prior to joining LightWorks Optics, Minailo served as Managing Director for The Sun2ice Group, providing interim executive leadership to early stage and developing medical device and technology-based companies. Previously he served as President and CEO of Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., an international medical device company that markets and manufactures Nd:Yad lasers and therapies. Minailo also held executive positions with Strategic Growth, Bergen Brunswig Medical, Cardiothoracic Systems and St. Jude Medical.

Minailo holds an MBA with a focus in marketing, finance and international business from the University of Southern California, where he also received the Albert T. Quon Award for top scholastic and academic achievement. In addition, he served on the school's adjunct faculty in Organizational Behavior and Business Management for three years. "I'm very honored and extremely excited that the founders of LightWorks Optics have placed their faith in me to help lead the organization and continue the vision that they have had for the company. I am impressed with the organization, its culture, and its passion for excellence, and I believe our mutual and complementary synergies will pave the way for an exciting future ahead?both in the short term and beyond."

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About LightWorks Optics, Inc.
Founded in 1997, LightWorks Optics, Inc. is the leading provider of precision optical subassemblies, systems and component solutions. The company's award-winning design, development and production capabilities meet the complex optical needs of customers in the biomedical, medical device, aerospace,defense and commercial industries. The photonic applications may be diverse, but all LightWorks Opticsproducts share a common focus on rapid development, excellent value, and high performance. The company is employee-owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified.

SOURCE: LightWorks Optics, Inc.