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LightPath Elects Former Space Force CTO Kim Crider to Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / February 6, 2024 / LightPath Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPTH), ("LightPath" or the "Company"), a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer and integrator of proprietary optical and infrared technologies, announced that Kim Crider was elected to the Company's Board of Directors at the annual meeting of stockholders on January 31, 2024.

"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Kim Crider to LightPath's board of directors," said M. Scott Faris, Board Chair. "Kim's extensive experience working within and with government in the most high-tech settings will undoubtedly prove valuable to the Company as we continue to move up the value chain to deliver cutting-edge imaging solutions."

Ms. Crider is a highly experienced executive and has served as a director on boards for both private and public companies. She has held executive leadership positions in several multi-billion-dollar enterprises over the past 10 years, with deep expertise in aerospace, cybersecurity, data/AI and information technology. Ms. Crider presently has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Cybersecurity Center since July 2021, and for the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation since January 2022. She also serves as a Board Advisor for Aalyria Technologies, Inc., a position she has held since January 2022. Ms. Crider served as a member of the Board of Directors of Virgin Orbit National Systems, LLC from April 2022 to August 2023. Ms. Crider is a founding partner and since its inception in May 2023, has served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Elara Nova Space Consultancy, LLC, a premier global advisory firm focused on the space sector. From 2016 to 2021, she was President of Kim Crider & Associates, LLC and Leadership Matters, LLC, specialized consulting firms providing executive consulting and coaching services to CEOs, CIOs, CTOs and other C-Suite leaders across industry sectors. A retired Major General in the United States Air Force, after serving in progressive leadership roles from 1986-2019, she also served as the first Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for the United States Space Force, Pentagon Washington D.C. from 2019 to 2021. Ms. Crider earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, a Master of Business Administration degree from Western New England College in Massachusetts, a Master of Science in Military Studies from Air Command and Staff College in Alabama, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University in Massachusetts.

"Using their proprietary materials, LightPath is delivering imaging solutions that until now have been impossible," said Kim Crider. "During and after my active military service, I became aware of the many limitations of our defense systems. I'm looking forward to helping the Company navigate the US government bureaucracy to ensure our revolutionary capabilities make their way to the people in the right places to take advantage of these new capabilities."

About LightPath Technologies:

LightPath Technologies, Inc. is a leading global, vertically integrated provider of optics, photonics and infrared solutions for the industrial, commercial, defense, telecommunications, and medical industries. LightPath designs and manufactures proprietary optical and infrared components including molded glass aspheric lenses and assemblies, custom molded glass freeform lenses, infrared lenses and thermal imaging assemblies, fused fiber collimators, and proprietary Black Diamondâ„¢ ("BD6") chalcogenide-based glass lenses. LightPath also offers custom optical assemblies, including full engineering design support. The Company is headquartered in Orlando, Florida, with manufacturing and sales offices in Dallas Texas, Latvia and China.

LightPath's wholly-owned subsidiary, Visimid Technologies, was acquired in July 2023, and specializes in the design and development of customized infrared cameras, for the industrial and defense industries. Such customized cameras are often sold together with customized optical assemblies from LightPath.

LightPath's wholly-owned subsidiary, ISP Optics Corporation, manufactures a full range of infrared products from high performance MWIR and LWIR lenses and lens assemblies. ISP's infrared lens assembly product line includes athermal lens systems used in cooled and un-cooled thermal imaging cameras. Manufacturing is performed in-house to provide precision optical components including spherical, aspherical and diffractive coated infrared lenses.

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Investor Contact:

Brian M. Prenoveau, CFA
MZ Group - MZ North America
+561 489 5315

SOURCE: LightPath Technologies

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