Sam Rubin New President and CEO of LightPath

LightPath Technologies, a vertically integrated global manufacturer, distributor and integrator of proprietary optical and infrared components and high-level assemblies, announced that Sam Rubin joined the company as president and chief executive officer effective March 9, 2020. He has also been appointed as a member board of directors and will stand for election at the next annual stockholder meeting to be held in November 2020. Mr. Rubin succeeds LightPath’s current president and CEO, J. James Gaynor. Mr. Rubin was formerly general manager at Thorlabs.

Sam Rubin (Source: LightPath Technologies /

In Mr. Rubin’s prior senior executive role at Thorlabs, he was responsible for the imaging systems division, a standalone organization with its own sales and marketing, as well as global responsibility for all of Thorlabs’ life science activities. He founded and grew Thorlabs’ fast growing operation in China, and spearheaded Thorlabs’ entry and significant growth in the life sciences market. As a member of the senior executive team, he lead new strategic initiatives for Thorlabs, including new product lines, acquisitions and growth into new markets. Prior to joining Thorlabs, he co-founded XLight Photonics, an optical communication startup, which was later sold to a telecommunications private equity firm. Mr. Rubin holds a bachelor of science degree in electronic engineering from Ben Gurion University, a master of business administration degree from New York University, and is a graduate of the executive education, program for leadership development at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Rubin commented, “I am delighted to be joining LightPath as the next president and CEO at an exciting time for the business. It is a company with a long history of innovation and delivery of exceptional products to its customers. I have known LightPath for over 25 years, as a customer, vendor, and a business partner, and I am very excited to be now part of the company. I look forward to taking my next step into the world of public companies and to work closely with the board, the leadership team, and all employees over the coming years to continue to transform and grow LightPath.”

Robert Ripp, chairman of the board, continued: “The Board thanks Mr. Jim Gaynor, current president and CEO, for his 13 years of service. During his leadership, the company was transformed from a small custom optical lens design company into a leading manufacturer of molded visible lens, and infrared lens, and assemblies. With his leadership, LightPath established a major presence in the Chinese markets, developed new glass materials, acquired infrared lens capabilities, and innovated several manufacturing technologies that made LightPath a top tier optical design and low-cost manufacturing company. Mr. Gaynor will serve as consultant to the board through June 2020 to provide assistance to Sam, as needed, during this transition period.”

Mr. Ripp concluded, “The Board looks forward to working with Sam. He has demonstrated leadership in managing complex organizations and improving their performance. He has successfully increased revenue and profit growth in multiple assignments. Sam is also very capable of providing a strategy that we believe will better position LightPath for the future, and that over the long run, will deliver enhanced value for our customers, employees, and stockholders.” (Source: LightPath Technologies)

Link: LightPath Technologies Inc., Orlando, Florida, USA


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