John V. Pilitsis

Co-founder, President and CEO (retired 2006), Cyoptics, Inc.

John V. Pilitsis, MS ’70, PhD ’75, is co-founder, President and CEO (retired 2006) of Cyoptics, Inc., a global optoelectronics company that designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a complete line of compound semiconductor products for high speed internet access, metro and long haul telecommunications.

Prior to Cyoptics, Inc., John served as President of Lucent Technologies Optoelectronics (1993-1998) and is widely credited with leading its turnaround and growth globally. During his 30 year career with AT&T/Lucent Technologies and Bell Laboratories, John held corporate officer and Directorship positions in International Marketing, Corporate Strategic Planning, IT, domestic and international Manufacturing, Product Development and Product Engineering.

He is and has been a member of numerous corporate boards in the US and Europe. In addition to his commercial Board positions he is on the Board of Trustees of several not-for-profit organizations in the Boston, MA area and was Chairman of the Board for the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) in Washington, DC.

John has authored and/or coauthored over 50 publications in refereed journals and textbooks and has received advance academic management training at The International Institute For Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland. John has his industrial engineering degree from UB.