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Ben Sitler Named to Head Global Sales

NeoPhotonics Names New Worldwide Sales Head

SAN JOSE, CA | Posted on August 1st, 2007

NeoPhotonics Corporation, a leading developer of optical components for the telecommunications industry, today announced the appointment of Benjamin Sitler as Vice President of Worldwide Sales, effective immediately. In this position, Mr. Sitler will oversee a sales force with offices on four continents as well as the Company's channel and distribution partnerships.

Mr. Sitler has more than twenty years of sales and executive management experience in the telecommunications and electronics industries. He was promoted to this role after serving as the Company's Vice President for Tunable Products. This product line came to NeoPhotonics via the November 2006 acquisition of Paxera, a company Mr. Sitler co-founded and for which he served as President and Chief Executive.

Prior to starting Paxera in 2003, Mr. Sitler held the positions of Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Lightwave Microsystems and Vice President of Business Development at JCP Photonics. In addition, he spent fifteen years at Raychem Corporation, where he served in roles including Sales Manager, Product Marketing Manager, Product Line Manager, Business Development Manager and Staff Executive to the CEO.

Prior to joining Raychem, Mr. Sitler served in the U. S. Navy in the nuclear submarine force. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

"We are excited to announce Ben's promotion and look forward to his contribution across our multiple product lines serving long-haul to access markets and with key customers in multiple geographies," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "We believe Ben has the leadership qualities and contacts to take us to the next level."

"Since joining NeoPhotonics I have seen first hand the successful integration and development of several new products that are designed to meet critical, evolving service requirements, including ROADMs for metro and long-haul networks and various elements for FTTH networks," said Sitler. "I am eager to now take on this expanded role at the Company to help grow our business and educate our customers about the benefits of NeoPhotonics' advanced PLC and other technologies."

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About NeoPhotonics Corporation
NeoPhotonics Corporation is a leading developer and vertically integrated manufacturer of advanced integrated optical modules and subsystems designed to improve the performance and lower the costs associated with backbone and access optical networks. NeoPhotonics is at the forefront of the long sought-after integration of active semiconductor, passive PLC and MEMS multi-dimensional switching functions into a single product. This integration is enabled by state-of-the-art integration, nanomaterials and nanoscale design and fabrication technologies. Backed by leading venture capital firms and institutional investors, NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China. For more detailed information, visit our web site: http://www.neophotonics.com .

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements relating to NeoPhotonics’ rate of growth and expected market opportunities. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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