Dunedin, Florida (November 2, 2006) - Ocean Optics, a global leader in optical sensing, display optics, and biophotonics technologies has appointed Richard Pollard to the position of Vice President of Operations.
As VP of Operations, Pollard is tasked with managing the company's engineering and manufacturing processes, developing new systems, and guiding the strategic growth of the company. Ocean Optics is a subsidiary of the UK based Halma Plc. and develops and manufactures products at its facilities in Orlando, Largo, and Dunedin, Florida. Pollard will be based at the Orlando manufacturing facility, using his global experience and fluency in French, German and Czech to work with customers and partners around the world.
Pollard comes to Ocean Optics from sister Halma group company, Radcom Technologies (Hampshire, UK), where he served as Managing Director. 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 has held engineering and management positions in these varied high-and low-volume manufacturing companies, implementing Total Productive Management, Lean Manufacturing and other quality programs.
Pollard, a Professional Chartered Engineer, holds an MBA and a BEng degree from Brunel University (Middlesex, UK).
"Richard's diverse manufacturing background, including stints with fellow Halma group companies Radcom and Keeler, will bring a great perspective to this position," commented Ocean Optics President, Mike Morris. "He will be able to balance fresh ideas for Ocean Optics with a familiarity with our overall business strategy as a Halma company."
Headquartered in Dunedin, Fla., Ocean Optics' line of spectrometers, chemical sensors, metrology instrumentation, optical fibers, thin films and optics are used for diverse applications in medical and biological research, environmental monitoring, science education, and entertainment lighting and display. Ocean Optics is part of the Halma group of safety and detection companies. For more information, phone 727-733-2447 or visit www.OceanOptics.com.
Richard Pollard, Vice President of Operations for Ocean Optics.
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Ocean Optics, Inc., 830 Douglas Avenue,
Dunedin, FL 34698. USA
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