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Fibercore Announces New Chairman

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Lauren Harding

Fibercore Announces New Chairman

Fibercore Ltd, a UK based global market leader in the design and manufacturing of specialty optical fibers would like to announce two board level appointments. Ex BAE Systems plc CEO, John Weston, who has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Along with Thus plc COO, Phil Male, who will act as strategic advisor.

These appointments follow the recent management buyout from Cisco Systems, Inc. Undertaken by CEO Dr Chris Emslie and backed by H.I.G. Capital, a private equity fund with over €8.5 billion in funds under management. Dr Emslie comments, “we couldn’t ask for better, more experienced industry veterans for our Board. I am delighted to welcome John and Phil to Fibercore. Both are highly accomplished executives in their respective fields and their collective experience will be invaluable in helping shape the future of Fibercore.”

Having studied engineering at Cambridge, John Weston worked with what was to become BAE Systems plc until 2002. Ultimately, becoming CEO and forming a group with $20 billion in sales, employing 120,000 people and was a member of the quartet credited with turning around the group’s fortunes in the 1990s. Since leaving BAE Systems, John has held a number of chairman positions, including Spirent plc., iSOFT plc. and Inbis plc. He is currently working with MB Aerospace, an aerospace machining and design engineering business, Torotrack, a manufacturer of continuously variable transmissions and Lo-Q, a systems company in innovative queuing devices.

Phil Male has been involved in the development of the media, internet and telecommunications sectors since the late 1980s. Obtaining a computer science degree from Imperial College, he was involved in the early operations of the UK’s first academic IP networks. Phil became Technical Director with the start-up Demon Internet, one of the world’s first internet service providers. Upon its sale to and subsequent demerger from Scottish Power plc., he became a founder and Chief Operating Officer for Thus plc., as it then became known. This was further sold to Cable and Wireless plc., where Phil became Operations and Customer Services Director. Phil is now CEO of UK2 Group, a multinational data hosting group and holds various non-executive roles.

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