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Joseph Bogosian, president and CEO of Safran Optics 1, holds a Moskito TI device, a Swiss product that is now being sold with American specifications. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT))

Career path led to NH for head of Safran Optics 1


BEDFORD — The face behind Safran Optics 1 has 25 years of experience in engineering solutions, and has followed an unusual career path leading him to the Granite State.

Speaking from his Bedford headquarters, Joseph H. Bogosian shared his unique past that started in Beirut and eventually took him to Capitol Hill, Chicago and France.

The 51-year-old Armenian was instrumental in recently merging Vectronix Inc. with Optics 1 Inc., creating a newly formed Safran Optics 1 company at the end of 2016.

“This is the center of gravity for the company right here,” Bogosian said of the company’s office behind Copper Door.

Prior to his current role as the chief executive officer of Safran Optics 1, Bogosian served as the CEO of Vectronix, corporate senior vice president for Safran and president of Safran USA.

He also worked as the assistant administrator of international aviation for the Federal Aviation Administration, and as deputy assistant secretary of manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

He spent years studying law, working as a lawyer and a lobbyist prior to focusing his attention on business. He attended college at Georgetown University, the McDonough School of Business and the University of Miami School of Law.

After living in France for four years, Bogosian moved back to the United States and realized that he needed to be in New Hampshire, where he could focus his efforts on the employees who have made Safran Optics 1 what it is today.

“I knew, as CEO, that I needed to be here,” he said. Prior to the merger, Bogosian said there was a lack of continuity that had to be resolved. With a wall between the building — one side operating Vectronix and the other as Optics 1 — the goal to merge the two companies became critical, he said.

“This is leaner and more optimized and less complex with everyone under one roof with one company,” said Bogosian, who commutes to Bedford from his home in Portsmouth.

It is a different culture from what he is used to in France, but Bogosian said he enjoys being able to walk to different cafes, bars and coffee shops in Portsmouth.

Bedford is the ideal location for Safran Optics 1, according to its president, who said all of its competitors are within a 50-mile radius from the headquarters at 2 Cooper Lane.

“This is our industry, so if you want the talent pool, the talent pool is here,” he said.

Competitors such as L3 Technologies, Elbit Systems, Wilcox Industries Corp., Raytheon and BAE Systems all have a presence in the region, making it critical for the optical systems firm to have a home here as well, Bogosian said.