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New Bedford, MA, USA, February 14, 2017 Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), an international leading distributor specializing in helping their customers make the best cable assemblies in the world, announces Ben Waite has been elected to the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, (IWCS) Board of Directors.

International Cable & Connectivity Symposium (IWCS), the premier worldwide conference for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes and applications, elected two new board members including Ben Waite of Fiber Optic Center, New Bedford, Massachusetts and Guy Castonguay of Corning Optical Communications, Glendale, Arizona.

The IWCS press release can be read in full here.

Current IWCS Board of Directors can be found here.

“We are fortunate to add these two individuals who bring a wealth of experience to IWCS,” says Robert Wessels of CommScope, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Their depth of knowledge of the connectorization of cabling infrastructure will be an asset as we strengthen our connectivity content and industry presence.”

Ben Waite is President and CEO of Fiber Optic Center (FOC), an international leader in distributing fiber optic components, equipment and supplies. He brings extensive experience in technical field work, business strategy, manufacturing and engineering management. Starting in technical sales management at FOC in 1995, he became business development manager, then executive vice president before becoming CEO. His previous experience with New England Fiberoptic Council includes board membership for seven years during which he was elected Secretary, Treasurer and President, to help promote the fiber optics industry within New England. Among his skills are an in-depth knowledge of the fiber optic industry and of cable assembly manufacturing, strategic planning, and performance and quality standards. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, USA. “I am honored to serve on the IWCS board,” Waite said. “I look forward to working together with the board and management team to continue to deliver their compelling vision focusing on the expansion of connectivity.”

Ben is honored to be elected the same day as Guy Castonguay.  Guy Castonguay is Director of Technology at Corning Optical Communications. He has been active on the IWCS symposium committee since 2010 and was the committee chairman in 2015. He has worked in the Telecom industry for 32 years, mainly in product development engineering roles, starting his career with Nortel in 1985 and transitioning to Corning in 1995. During his career, he has led organizations focused on development of products for telecom, CATV and enterprises networks. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master of business administration from Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and holds 21 patents covering copper and fiber optic passive components for telecommunications. “I’m looking forward to work with the Board members to promote the IWCS vision and support the growth of technology and our industry,” said Castonguay.

About IWCS

The IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium is the premier venue for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes and applications. For over 65 years, the IWCS Symposium has been the leading worldwide conference for peer reviewed papers and presentations on technologies and trends in wire, cable and connectivity for the communications, data, electronics, power, industrial, automotive and aerospace industries.

The IWCS Symposium Committee generates an extremely high caliber program for each year’s conference, with over 100 papers and presentations in 20 compelling sessions over three full days. The International Cable & Connectivity Symposium is an opportunity to explore discussions on topical issues, learn about new technologies and network with global industry colleagues.

Headquarters: IWCS, Inc. 644 Shrewsbury Commons Ave. PMB #250, Shrewsbury, PA 17361 USA. For further information, visit the IWCS website or contact David B. Kiddoo, CEO, at