People News: Osram Opto, LED Holdings, CAO Group

Sept. 21, 2007
Osram Opto hires Jianzhong Jiao

The US-based arm of LED manufacturer Osram Opto Semiconductors has appointed Jianzhong Jiao, formerly of North American Lighting, to the newly created position of manager of Regulations and Emerging Technologies.

In this position, Jiao will report to Tom Shottes, president and chief executive officer of Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc. Jiao will be responsible for representing the company in obtaining, establishing and maintaining regulatory standards for solid-state semiconductor technology, and researching and exploring emerging semiconductor technologies for sensing, illumination and visualization applications.

LED Holdings appoints IP expert

LED Holdings LLC has appointed Paul Kallmes as its Intellectual Property Strategist. Kallmes, a veteran specialist in intellectual property management, will leverage the company’s IP portfolio, which includes assets such as patents, licenses, trademarks and copyrights. Most recently, he served as Director of Licensing at Color Kinetics.

Kallmes will also handle strategic market analysis and identify companies, technologies and processes that would augment LED Holding’s competitive advantage, either through partnerships or acquisitions.

CAO Group re-structures into three business units

CAO Group has re-structured its optoelectronics sales and marketing into three separate business units: components, solid state signage, and solid state lighting. Densen Cao, president and CEO, says that all the company’s opto products share an underlying technology, but they make their way to different customer types through different channels. The new vertical focus will build expertise and allow a more concentrated focus on the varying needs of different customer types, since each of the three segments is bigger today than their aggregate just a few years ago.

In this new structure, Kennie Alton will be Director of the Components Business Unit; Gary Maag will be the Director of the Signage Business Unit; and Jim Malfitano has joined the company as Director of the Lighting Business Unit.

Alton previously worked at 3COM, U.S. Robotics and MSL in various job functions. Alton will focus his activities on building the company’s position in high flux LEDs, especially its Dynasty brand, and in expanding its PCBA business.

Maag, now heading solid state signage, joined CAO Group earlier this year as inside sales manager for the company’s signage products. He previously held management positions at Autometer, which manufactures gauges for race cars and other specialty vehicles.

New to the company is the Director of the Solid State Lighting business unit, Jim Malfitano, who brings the CAO Group twenty years of experience in the field, garnered at Osram Sylvania.