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LioniX appoints Ronald Dekker as new CTO


LioniX International, a designer and manufacturer of silicon nitride PICs, has announced that Ronald Dekker has been appointed as chief technology officer (CTO). Dekker has over 25 years of experience in material engineering, microfabrication, integrated optics, packaging, and assembly. As CTO, LioniX says Dekker will lead technical operations, steer research initiatives, and further help the company grow within the ecosystem of integrated photonics.

Dekker has been guiding the module and assembly group at LioniX since 2016, following the merger of LioniX, XiO Photonics, and SatraX. Prior to joining the company, he held various leadership positions, including senior researcher at the University of Twente and CTO at XiO Photonics. While at the latter, he made notable contributions to standardisation and assembly methods for integrated optics.

As a crucial member of the management team, LioniX says Dekker will continue the legacy of his predecessor, René Heideman. “After having been CTO since the founding of LioniX International in 2001, I’m very happy to see Ronald Dekker as my successor,” commented Heideman. “Ronald is the right person in the right place to guide LioniX on its path forward. It’s my pleasure to continue my activities for LioniX as a strategic business developer to support further growth as a leader in the silicon nitride PIC revolution.”

Of his new role, Dekker said: “After working for 17 years at LioniX International and its spinouts, I am excited and feel honoured to take over the role as CTO of LioniX International from René Heideman. I look very much forward to continuing his work, facilitating further innovation and success.”

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