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.
Eitan Gertel Chief Executive Officer
Eitan Gertel joined the Finisar Board of Directors in August 2008. Mr. Gertel is currently Chief Executive Officer of Finisar, effective with the merger between Optium Corporation and Finisar Corporation on August 28, 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Gertel was Chairman and CEO of Optium Corporation after joining Optium in 2001. Mr. Gertel brings a wealth of experience in broadband microwave and fiber optic systems. Prior to Optium, he was Vice President/General Manager of JDS Uniphase's TSD Division from 1995 to 2001 where Mr. Gertel had full P&L responsibility for the sub-system division as it transitioned from start-up status to a multi-hundred-million-dollar operation. Mr. Gertel earned a BSEE from Drexel University
Kurt Adzema Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer in March 2010, Mr Adzema served as Finisar's VP of Strategy and Corporate Development since joining the Company in 2005. During such time, he led Finisar's corporate development initiatives including the merger with Optium. Prior to joining the Company, he held various positions at SVB Alliant, a subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank which advised technology companies on M&A transactions, at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America Securities, an investment banking firm, and in the financial restructuring group of Smith Barney. Mr. Adzema holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Brown Executive Vice President and Chief Counsel
Chris Brown joined Finisar in August 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for Optium Corporation after joining Optium in 2006. Prior to joining Optium, Mr. Brown was a partner at the law firms of Goodwin Procter LLP and McDermott Will & Emery. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
John H. Clark, Ph.D Executive Vice President, Technology and Global R&D
John Clark joined Finisar in January 2011. Prior to joining Finisar, he was Executive Chairman of Cogo Optronics, Inc., Vice President of SSD Development at Seagate Corporation, President, CEO, and Chairman of Iolon, Inc., and Vice President and General Manager of the Optoelectronics Business Unit at Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. He co-founded Amoco Laser Company in 1986 and led the Company at the time of its sale to Scientific-Atlanta in 1996. Dr. Clark started his career with a joint appointment as Senior Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Dr. Clark holds a BA in Physics and a BA in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and carried out his postdoctoral studies as the Oppenheimer Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Mark Colyar Senior Vice President and General Manager
Mark Colyar joined Finisar in August 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Colyar was Senior Vice President of Engineering and General Manager of Optium U.S. after joining Optium in 2001. Previously, Mr. Colyar was with the TSD Division of JDS Uniphase where he had a variety of leadership roles including CATV Product Line Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Engineering, and Vice President of Operations. Mr. Colyar has extensive experience in design and project engineering with an emphasis on IR detection systems and broadband fiber-optic systems, initially with Systems Engineering Technology International and then as a Section Head for AEL's Fiber Optic Transmitter group. Mr. Colyar graduated from Drexel with a BSEE.
Todd Swanson Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing
Todd Swanson joined Finisar in 2002. Throughout his career at Finisar, Mr. Swanson has held a variety of progressive roles, including Product Line Manager, Director of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Finisar, he served in various R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales related roles for Princeton Lightwave, Aegis Semiconductor and Hewlett Packard's OptoElectronics Division from 1995 TO 2002. Mr. Swanson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and has an MBA from MIT.
Joseph Young Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Joseph Young is currently executive vice president of global operations. Mr. Young joined the company in 2004 as Finisar's senior vice president, operations. Before joining the Finisar team, Mr. Young was employed by Intel where he was responsible for the Enterprise Optics business unit. Prior to Intel, Mr. Young was vice president of operations at LightLogic and Lexar Media and, in his last position at Tyco/Raychem, served as director of worldwide operations for the OEM electronics division of Raychem Corporation. Mr. Young has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.S. in Operations Research from the University of New Haven, and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.