Ocean Optics Appoints New President
Kevin Chittim takes helm at Dunedin-based photonics manufacturer
Dunedin, FL (September 7, 2011) – Ocean Optics, the world’s largest manufacturer of miniature spectrometers and related spectroscopy equipment has appointed Kevin Chittim to the position of company President. Chittim’s appointment follows the move of former President Robert Randelman to Divisional Chief Executive for Ocean Optics’ parent company, Halma p.l.c.
Prior to his appointment at Ocean Optics, Chittim served as Chief Executive Officer at sister Halma company, Labsphere. During his tenure at Labsphere, Chittim led the company through a period of explosive growth, including a successful merger with SphereOptics in 2010, and establishment of a wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai, China. Before joining Labsphere in 2007, he held executive positions at Radiant Imaging, Melles Griot, Newport and Spectra Physics.
Of the appointment, Randelman says, “Kevin brings significant knowledge of the photonics marketplace and the potential to make a substantial impact in broadening the range of applications and bringing them to market faster throughout the world. In addition, as our organization grows Kevin will be an excellent mentor and coach to develop our leaders of tomorrow.”