Board of Directors
Jerry Rawls was elected Chairman of the Board in 2006. He has also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors for Finisar Corporation from 1989 to 2008. From 1968 to 1989, he was employed by Raychem Corporation, a materials science and engineering company. At Raychem he held various management positions including Manager of Product Marketing, National Sales Manager, General Manager of the Aerospace Products Division, and General Manager of the Interconnection Systems Division. Mr. Rawls holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honorary societies.
Michael C. Child joined Finisar's Board of Directors in June 2010. Mr. Child has been employed by TA Associates, Inc., a Boston-based private equity firm managing over $16 billion of capital, since 1982 where he currently serves as a Managing Director. He has previously served as a board member of more than 20 companies of which 16 were public, including Finisar Corporation from 1998 to 2005. Mr. Child holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Roger C. Ferguson has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 1999. Mr. Ferguson has served as Chief Executive Officer of Semio Inc., an early stage software company, since July 1999 and as a principal in VenCraft, LLC, a venture capital partnership, since July 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Ferguson was Chief Executive Officer of DataTools, Inc., a database software company. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Ferguson served as Chief Operating Officer for Network General Inc., a network analysis company. Mr. Ferguson also serves on the Boards of Directors of Microtest, Inc. and several other private companies. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Thomas E. Pardun has served as a member of our board of directors since December 2009. Mr. Pardun was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Western Digital Corporation, a manufacturer of hard-disk drives for the personal computer and home entertainment markets. Mr. Pardun served in that capacity from January 2000 until November 2001 and again from April 2007 until his retirement in November 2015. Mr. Pardun was President of MediaOne International, Asia-Pacific (previously U.S. West International, Asia-Pacific, a subsidiary of U.S. West, Inc.), an owner/operator of international properties in cable television, telephone services and wireless communications companies, from May 1996 until his retirement in July 2000. Prior to 1996, Mr. Pardun served as President and CEO of U.S. West Multimedia Communications, a communications company. Before joining U.S. West, Mr. Pardun was President of the Central Group for Sprint, as well as President of Sprint's West Division, and Senior Vice President of Business Development for United Telecom, a predecessor company to Sprint. Mr. Pardun also held a variety of management positions during a 19-year tenure with IBM, concluding as Director of product-line evaluation. He is also a director of Calix, Inc. and MaxLinear, Inc., and served as a director of Occam Networks, Inc. from September 2004 until February 2011 when it was acquired by Calix, Inc. and as a director of CalAmp Corporation until his resignation from its board in July 2015. Mr. Pardun holds a B.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Mr. Pardun brings to the board extensive management and operations experience in the computer and telecommunications industries, including marketing and product development expertise, as well as his service in senior management positions.
Robert N. Stephens joined the Finisar Board of Directors in August 2005. Mr. Stephens is the former Chief Executive Officer and President of Adaptec, Inc., a storage solutions provider. Before joining Adaptec, Mr. Stephens was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Power I/O, a company that developed serial interface solutions and silicon expertise for high-speed data networking. Mr. Stephens has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Emulex Corporation, which designs, develops, and supplies Fibre Channel host bus adapters and held the position of Senior Vice President, General Manger, and Founder of the Microcomputer Products Group at Western Digital Corporation. He began his career at IBM, where he served over 15 years in a variety of management positions. Mr. Stephens holds bachelor's and master's degrees from San Jose State University.
Michael L. Dreyer is currently the Chief Operations Officer of Silicon Valley Bank and is responsible for bank and non-bank operations worldwide. Mr. Dreyer oversees SVB’s core operations, enterprise project management, client service and information technology teams. Mr. Dreyer is also currently a director of F5 Networks, Inc. Before joining SVB, Mr. Dreyer was president and COO of Monitise from August 2014 to September 2015, where he was responsible for the design, build, and operations of its technology globally, and he ran the company’s Americas business. Prior to Monitise, Mr. Dreyer was the global head of technology and CIO at VISA Inc. from 2005 to 2014, responsible for the company's systems and technology platforms. Previously, Mr. Dreyer was chief information officer of Inovant, where he oversaw the development and management of Visa's global systems technology. He has also held executive positions at VISA USA as senior vice president of processing and emerging products, and senior vice president of commercial solutions. Additionally, Mr. Dreyer held senior positions at American Express, Prime Financial, Inc., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Downey Savings, Bank of America, and the Fairmont Hotel Management Company. Mr. Dreyer received an M.B.A. and a B.A. in psychology from Washington State University.
Helene Simonet, has been a Director of the Company since March 2017. Ms. Simonet served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coherent, Inc. from April 2002 to February 2016. She served as Vice President of Finance of Coherent's former Medical Group and Vice President of Finance of its Photonics Division from December of 1999 to April of 2002. Prior to joining Coherent, Ms. Simonet spent over twenty years in senior finance positions at Raychem Corporation's Division and Corporate organizations, including Vice President of Finance of Raynet Corporation. Ms. Simonet is a member of the Board of Directors of Rogers Corp. Ms. Simonet has both Master's and Bachelor degrees from the University of Leuven, Belgium.