Exfo appoints Philippe Morin as new CEO transition; Lamonde becomes Executive Chairman

Created April 10, 2017
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Exfo’s new CEO, Philippe Morin.

Exfo, the network test systems developer, has announced that Germain Lamonde, the company’s founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, has appointed Philippe Morin as the company’s new CEO, effective April 1, 2017.

Morin has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and became Exfo’s Chief Operating Officer in November 2015, leading the company’s global sales, go-to-market and product management initiatives. Before joining the company, Morin was Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Sales & Field Operations at Ciena. He also held senior management positions at Nortel Networks, including President of the Optical Networking Division.

Lamonde, who will become Exfo’s Executive Chairman, will maintain leadership of the acquisition strategy and remain actively involved in defining the company’s growth initiatives, customer outreach and corporate governance.

“After founding the company in my apartment and serving as its CEO, I am proud of all we have accomplished over nearly 32 years, taking the company from the concept level to global leader and helping the most advanced network operators worldwide implement their strategic transformations,” said Lamonde.

“Having known Philippe for a long time and having worked closely with him on a wide range of initiatives, I am confident he is the right person to take over the day-to-day stewardship of EXFO and that he will receive the full support of the global EXFO team and partners. Our combined strategic vision, industry experience and leadership will create added value for customers and shareholders as we drive EXFO to new heights.”

Morin commented, “I am deeply honored and grateful to Germain and the Board for their trust. Germain has built an impressive organization, a highly talented team and very strong brand equity, all of which are highly respected by leading network operators worldwide. I am personally invested in Exfo’s success and fully committed to taking the company to the next level.”

The company develops portable optical and high-speed Ethernet testing and provides active service assurance. It has more than 1,600 employees in 25 countries. More than 2,000 customers, including the world’s leading communications service providers, network equipment manufacturers and Web 2.0. companies, use Exfo’s test instruments and real-time 3D analytics solutions.

More information at www.exfo.com

Matthew Peach

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.