Former Securities and Exchange Commissioner Christopher Cox has joined the board of Irvine-based laser maker Newport Corp.

Cox totes a long resume with international business connections, capital market expertise and extensive knowledge of corporate governance matters, and the global defense and security sectors.

Cox, 59, is a partner in the corporate practice group of Bingham McCutchen LLP in Costa Mesa.

He served as SEC chairman from August 2005 to January 2009. Prior to that post, he was a 17-year congressman from Newport Beach.

See the Technology column in the Orange County Business Journal's edition of Nov. 28 for more.