Varioptic names new CEO to direct growth in consumer, industrial, and professional mass markets

Liquid Lens maker Varioptic has appointed Hamid Farzaneh as Chief Executive Officer. The company says this is a key step in plans to commercialize its broadly applicable liquid lens technology.

Oct 26th, 2010

Liquid lens maker Varioptic (Lyon, France) has appointed Hamid Farzaneh as Chief Executive Officer. The company says this is a key step in plans to commercialize its broadly applicable liquid lens technology. Farzaneh brings expertise in leading global high-growth technology startups as well as high volume business experience.

Hamid joins Varioptic at a time when the company is looking to accelerate market penetration, partnering with leading smart phone, industrial automation, and security companies, and establish its liquid lens technology as the leading solution for miniaturized still and video cameras. The company debuted its first Auto-Focus liquid lens products, in 2008 and recently demonstrated its combined high performance Auto-Focus and Optical Image Stabilization technology at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Prior to joining Varioptic, Farzaneh served as President & CEO for DisplayLink, a Palo Alto, CA, and Cambridge, UK, company developing virtual graphics connectivity between computers and multiple displays over standard interfaces. Before DisplayLink, Hamid was Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for San Jose, CA-based Silicon Optix Inc. And prior to that, he was COO and co-founder of Motion Sense, a MEMS controller startup in the Bay Area, and also served as executive vice president and COO of Genesis Microchip, and led a successful IPO.

Farzaneh earned his Masters of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France, and his MBA from Golden State University in San Francisco. He will be based in Silicon Valley, CA, and will lead Varioptic’s team located in Lyon, France, and in other sites worldwide.

SOURCE: Varioptic

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