ROCHESTER, NY and WHARTON, NJNavitar, a manufacturer of precision optics and imaging system components, has named David Manzi  chief technology officer, Steven Morales as general manager of Special Optics, and Thomas Young as controller of Special Optics.

 David Manzi, formerly president and CEO of Special Optics, has been appointed chief technology officer of Navitar and Special Optics. In this newly created position, he is responsible for managing the development of new products, directing corporate

business strategy  and identifying new market focus areas. With more than two decades of experience at Special Optics,  Manzi is uniquely poised to direct the division’s technical growth and OEM optics. Mr. Manzi holds a bachelor of science in physics from the Pennsylvania State University.

Steven Morales, who has worked for Navitar’s Special Optics division for more than 14 years, has been promoted from sales manager to general manager. His new role involves overseeing all administrative functions of the company, including leading and directing employees and ensuring efficient and proper implementation of policies and procedures.  Morales holds a degree in Applied Information Technology from Pace University, and is currently pursuing further education in engineering science and computer science.

In addition, Tom Young has joined Special Optics as Controller. Young replaces Matthew Thomas, who retired in July. He comes to Special Optics with more than 20 years of diversified accounting experience in manufacturing, business services, construction, advertising and non‐profit healthcare. Young holds a bachelor of arts in accounting from William Paterson University, and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Manzi, Morales and Young are all based in the division’s Wharton, NJ office.