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12 January 2016

Fabrinet names former Emcore president & CEO Hong Hou as chief technical officer

Thailand-based Fabrinet Co Ltd, which provides optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical and electronic manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers of complex products (such as optical communication components, modules and subsystems, industrial lasers and sensors), says that Dr Hong Q. Hou has joined it as executive VP & chief technical officer.

Hou has extensive technical and executive-level experience in the semiconductor and fiber-optic communication industries. In 1998 he co-founded the photovoltaic division of Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA (which has used Fabrinet as a contract manufacturer of optical components) and led the commercialization of high-efficiency multi-junction solar cell technology for space power applications. From March 2008 to January 2015, he was Emcore's president, CEO and a director. From January to June 2015 he served as a venture partner at ARCH Venture partners, and from June to this January he served as chief operating officer of AXT Inc of Fremont, CA, USA (which makes gallium arsenide, indium phosphide and germanium substrates and raw materials).

Hou has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, and has completed executive management courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Early in his career he conducted research at the AT&T Bell Laboratories and the Sandia National Laboratories. He holds eight US patents and has published more than 200 technical articles.

"Hong brings vast technical and executive level experience to Fabrinet at a time when the fiber-optics industry is poised for growth greater than ever in its history," notes Fabrinet's CEO Tom Mitchell.

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