Executive Management Team - Experience


Fariba Danesh, Chief Executive Officer


CEO Genoa, General Manager Avago Fiber Optics, EVP Maxtor, COO Finisar. 30+ years experience in leading businesses and advanced technology teams in Hard Disk Drives, fiber optics, and III-V semiconductors. Managed complete P&L of $400M/y+ business. Managed operations & manufacturing in Europe & Asia. Managed restructuring, acquisitions and exits in multiple industries. Exec MBA (Stanford Univ.), BS (Santa Clara Univ.)

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Mitch Jansen, Vice President, product Development


SVP and GM at Bandwidth9, VP Engineering at Coherent, COO and CTO at Novalux, and VP Product Development at Philips Lumileds. 30 years of product development experience in LED, laser and photonic components and systems. Developed over 140 new products (more than 20 first to market), and generated over $500M in new product revenue. Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics and MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles.


Christian Wittmann, Vice President, Business Development


General Manager Lighting OSRAM, Director of Product-Marketing Mitsubishi-OSRAM, Senior Manager Sales and Marketing EPCOS. 15+ years of business development experience in Asia/Europe for LED lighting, electronics and semiconductors. Managed full portfolio of traditional and LED lighting products, overseeing $150M revenues . Managed key customer projects in automotive, TV backlighting and mobile phones. Built up new General Lighting division in Japan, defined strategy and setup channel and logistics development. MS Material Science (TU University of Freiberg, Germany)

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Lars Samuelson, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer


Professor of Semiconductor Electronics/Solid State Physics at Lund University. Ph.D. in Physics, Lund University, in 1977. Post-doc at IBM Research in San José 1977-1978. Professor at Chalmers (1986) and at Lund University (1988) Director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium from its start in 1988. Internationally recognized for his research on low-dimensional semiconductors, such as nanowires, and for the physics and applications made possible by these structures, His research on Semiconductor Nanowires was in 2006 selected as one of the top ten research environments for all areas of science in Sweden. Appointed Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK (2004). Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Physics) (2006) and Engineering Sciences (2007). Awarded the “Einstein Professorship” by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2008) Appointed Fellow of the American Physical Society (Materials Physics) (2009) Awarded the IDEON Prize for Innovation (2011) Awarded the IUVSTA Prize for Science (2013) for the period 2010-2013.


Jim McCanna, Chief Financial Officer


Vice President and CFO, iWatt Inc., a fabless power management IC company acquired in registration by Dialog Semiconductor in 2013. Vice President and CFO, Tranax Technologies Inc., a developer and supporter of retail and bank automated teller machines. Vice President of Finance, Operations and CFO for 3Dconnexion Inc. (a Logitech company), a manufacturer of human interface devices. From 1998-2002 served as Vice President and CFO of Silicon Motion Inc., a fabless graphics IC company focused on mobile devices. Prior to Silicon Motion, served in various financial management positions over the course of fifteen years at Quantum Corporation, a manufacturer of hard disk drives, including positions as Director of Finance and Corporate Controller. Over thirty years of experience in technology markets in both private and public companies. B.S. degree in Commerce and Finance and an M.B.A. with honors from Santa Clara University. Also serves as a Board Advisor for ALearn, a non-profit organization committed to helping underrepresented students get to and succeed in college.

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