Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ:KOPN), a leading developer of innovative wearable computing technologies and solutions, today announced that Eric Whitman has joined the Company in the newly created position of Vice President of Operations. In this role, Whitman will be responsible for increasing productivity and efficiency across the business, including logistics, manufacturing and procurement. Whitman will report to Kopin’s CEO, Dr. John Fan.
Eric Whitman brings extensive experience gained from positions at several Aerospace, Defense and technology companies. He career started at Intel as a shift manager at Fab 17 in Hudson Massachusetts, and he moved on to Raytheon where he rose to Director of Operations, Integrated Defense Systems, where he managed manufacturing, engineering processing and strategy, with an emphasis on increasing efficiency and profitability. Most recently Whitman was COO at Web Industries where his primary focus was on establishing and executing an operational strategy to scale Web’s business systems in anticipation of rapid growth across eight manufacturing plants in the US and Europe. Previous experiences as a Division Leader at Draper, and VP of Operations at Bodycote strengthened key skills in manufacturing and engineering leadership, establishing continuous improvement cultures, and the optimization of business systems and technology. All of these positions benefited from Whitman’s experience as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy, where he logged over 1000 hours in the SH-60B Seahawk Helicopter. Whitman is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Engineering and Management.
“We are very excited and fortunate to be able to attract someone with Eric’s impressive background and skills,” said Dr. John C.C. Fan, CEO and President. “With our F-35 Joint Fighter and FWS-I in production and a number of other programs we expect to go into production over the coming years Eric will be critical in managing our production ramp. He has a great blend of skills including moving development programs to production, commercial fab management and understanding the demands of today’s military, all while increasing efficiency and profitability.”
Kopin Corporation is a leading developer and provider of innovative wearable technologies and critical components for integration into wearable computing systems for military, industrial and consumer products. Kopin’s technology portfolio includes ultra-small displays, optics, speech enhancement technology, and low-power ASICs. For more information, please visit Kopin’s website at www.kopin.com.
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