Ocean Optics Appoints New President
Richard Pollard promoted at Dunedin-based photonics manufacturer
Dunedin, FL (October 1, 2012) – Ocean Optics, has appointed Richard Pollard to the position of company President. Pollard’s promotion follows the move of former President Kevin Chittim to positions on Ocean Optics’ board and as Divisional Acquisition Executive for Ocean Optics’ parent company, Halma plc.
Pollard joined Ocean Optics in 2006 as Vice President, Operations, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2008, applying his international engineering and management skills to lead global sales activities and new product introductions. His career has spanned a wide range of industries including electronics (Viasystems Tyneside Ltd., Tyne & Wear, UK), automotive (Ford Motor Company, Essex, UK), and medical products (Keeler Ltd, Berkshire, UK). He joined Ocean Optics from sister Halma group company, Radcom Technologies (Hampshire, UK). A professional Chartered Engineer, Pollard holds an MBA from Open University (Buckinghamshire, UK) and a BEng degree from Brunel University (Middlesex, UK).
Prior to his tenure at Ocean Optics, Chittim served as Chief Executive Officer at sister Halma company, Labsphere, leading the company through a period of explosive growth. Before joining Labsphere in 2007, he held executive positions at Radiant Imaging, Melles Griot, Newport and Spectra Physics.
“Halma looks towards growth in all of our business and especially in Photonics,” commented Robert Randelman, Divisional Chief Executive of Halma’s photonics businesses. “Kevin’s broad market experience will be invaluable in our continued search and selection of the right acquisition targets. Richard’s tenure with Ocean Optics, and experience in other industries make him a perfect choice to carry on the Ocean Optics heritage of innovation and customer focus while bringing new energy to its future growth.”