ORLANDO -- API Technologies today named Robert Tavares president and chief executive, effective immediately.

He replaces Bel Lazar, who had been with API since March 2011. 

Tavares was previously an executive with M/A-Com, Tyco Electronics, and most recently president of Crane Electronics, where he had been since March 2012.

API chairman Brian Kahn called Tavares a "seasoned RF/microwave industry veteran with 30 years of leadership experience in both publicly traded and privately held electronics companies serving defense and commercial markets."

Lazar called Tavares "the perfect choice" to lead API.

"His extensive experience in commercial and defense electronics applications will create organic growth opportunities for API to augment our original mergers and acquisition strategy and extensive recent consolidation efforts. As API's strategy has evolved into becoming a focused provider of RF, microwave, millimeter, power, and security solutions for high-reliability applications, Bob is the right person to take API into its next phase of growth."

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