Peter Copetti led and completed the financial turnaround of POET from June 2012 until June 2015 and set the company roadmap in the right direction before transitioning leadership to Dr. Venkatesan, POET’s current CEO. He has been the chief architect and strategist of the transformation at POET Technologies, since joining the company in June 2012. Mr. Copetti was personally responsible for the restructuring of both secured and unsecured debt, negotiated new equity infusion into the company, and re-focused the company on its original technical vision of monolithic optoelectronic integration, leading to POET’s resurgence as a leading platform innovator in the semiconductor industry. He has assembled a World-class team at the Board of Director level and at the POET Executive level. Peter Copetti has over 25 years of capital markets and management experience in key leadership roles.
Mr. Manocha has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with deep knowledge of semiconductor technology and operations. He has worked in all aspects of the business from Research, to Applied Development, to Manufacturing, to worldwide sales to Global Supply Chain & IT, and his most recent role has been as CEO of GlobalFoundries (multi Billion US$ revenue). He has wealth of experience by working in companies like AT&T, Bell Labs/Microelectronics, Philips Semiconductors (now known as NXP), Spansion, and GlobalFoundries. He has managed at various executive levels and successfully led very small organizations with <15 people to very large organizations with well over 25,000 people. Having worked in three continents (Asia, Europe and North America), he has deep knowledge of diversity and various countries’ cultures. He has led more than 20 M&As successfully. He has also served on various boards as director and chairman. He is currently representing GlobalFoundries on the Semiconductor Industry Association Board and also serving on the U.S. Presidential Committee for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
He is well established in the industry and known as a visionary, thoughtful leader and has strong credibility with customers. He has a passion for people to lead businesses and grow shareholders’ value. He is often labeled as “Mr. FIX IT” – His most recent achievement was to very successfully turnaround GlobalFoundries (which was economically challenged in 2011) within 2+ years. GlobalFoundries under Mr. Manocha’s watch gained significantly higher revenue (2nd ranking) with the development of several new tier-1 customers.
Dr. Suresh Venkatesan was most recently Senior Vice President, Technology Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES and was responsible for the company’s Technology Research and Development. Dr. Venkatesan joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009, where he led the development and ramp of the 28nm node and was instrumental in the technology transfer and qualification of 14nm. In addition, he was responsible for the qualification and ramp up of multiple mainstream value added technology nodes.
Dr. Venkatesan is an industry veteran with over 22 years of experience in semiconductor technology development. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he held various leadership positions with Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, Texas. Dr. Venkatesan holds over 25 US patents, and has co-authored over 50 technical papers. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.
Mr. O’Donnell earned a BA (Economics) and a LLB and has practiced law in the City of Toronto since 1973. He is currently counsel to Stikeman Keeley Spiegel Pasternack LLP. His practice is primarily in the field of corporate and securities law and, as such, he is and has been counsel to several publicly traded companies. Mr. O’Donnell is currently also a director of Nerium Biotechnology, Inc.
Mr. Tsiofas earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto in 1991 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1993. He is a partner with the Toronto Chartered Accountancy firm of Myers Tsiofas Norheim LLP. Mr. Tsiofas has also been involved as an operating partner in various private enterprises over the years and is able to offer managerial and operational insight.
Dr. Taylor is Chief Scientist at POET Technologies and has led development of the Planar Optoelectronic Technology (POET) platform over the past two decades, directing a focused team at the ODIS subsidiary of POET. Dr. Taylor possesses an extraordinary technical background made-up of 30 years of design and development experience in electronic and optical device physics, circuit design, opto-electronic technology, materials and applications. He is concurrently a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Photonics at the University of Connecticut and is responsible for ODIS’ development efforts at the gallium arsenide (GaAs) growth and fabrication facility. With over 150 papers in the world’s most respected journals, and dozens of patents, Dr. Taylor is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on GaAs solid-state physics, III-V opto-technology, as well as the pioneer in the development of monolithic integrated opto-electronic circuits.
Previously, Dr. Taylor served as a Distinguished Member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs, developing inversion channel technology for III-V materials. At Honeywell and Texas Instruments he helped to develop critical optical technology for the Jupiter Orbital Probe as well as the development of key circuits and devices for very-large-scale-integrated (VLSI) chips. Dr. Taylor holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Mr. Sheldon Inwentash, is Chairman and CEO of Mega Uranium and formerly Chairman and CEO of Pinetree Capital. At Mega Uranium he is responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction for the Company. Mr. Inwentash brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry and a deep understanding of progressive investment and financial management strategies. He was an Ontario finalist for the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Sheldon obtained his B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. DeBonis is a veteran semiconductor executive with over 27 years of expertise in sales, marketing and corporate development. For the last decade Mr. DeBonis was the Vice President of Global Sales and Strategic Development at TriQuint Semiconductor. During his tenure TriQuint experienced dramatic growth and recognition in the industry as the technology leader in RF solutions. Mr. DeBonis played an integral part in the recent merger with RFMD and subsequent creation of Qorvo, Inc. Mr. DeBonis previously held the position of Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Centillium Communications. Mr. DeBonis also served as the Vice President, Worldwide Sales for Ishoni Networks and Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Communications Division of Infineon Technologies North America. Mr. DeBonis has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada.
Mr. Lazovsky is the founder of Intermolecular (NASDAQ: IMI) and served as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors from September 2004 to October 2014. Mr. Lazovsky has an in‐depth knowledge of the semiconductor industry, technology and markets. Mr. Lazovsky raised significant amounts of venture capital and other strategic private investments in Intermolecular’s initial public offering. Prior to founding Intermolecular, Mr. Lazovsky held several senior management positions at Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT). From 1996 through August 2004, Mr. Lazovsky held management positions in the Metal Deposition and Thin Films Product Business Group where he was responsible for managing more than $1 billion in Applied Materials’ semiconductor manufacturing equipment business. From 2003 until 2004, Mr. Lazovsky managed key strategic accounts in Business Management where he worked closely with leading integrated circuit manufacturers to ensure Applied Materials was developing and providing cutting‐edge technology solutions. From 2002 until 2003, Mr. Lazovsky served as the Technology Program Manager for the Endura 2 Platform, Applied Materials’ flagship 300mm metal deposition platform. From 2000 until 2002, Mr. Lazovsky was based in Grenoble, France and served as Director of Business Management for the European region in the Metal Deposition Product Business Group.
Mr. Lazovsky holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio University and, as of March 31, 2014, held 41 pending or issued U.S. patents.
Mr. Warrior has been president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alfalight Inc. since February 2004. Alfalight, Inc is a GaAs based high power diode laser manufacturing company with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. Alfalight serves military, telecom and industrial customers. Mr. Warrior restarted the company in 2004 and established Alfalight as a leading provider of high powered laser diode solutions in both commercial and defense segments. The company successfully sold the commercial business in 2013. Mr. Warrior continues to run the retained defense and security segments of Alfalight which is now focused on providing solid-state laser systems for targeting, tracking and illumination applications to the US military. Under Mr. Warrior’s leadership, Alfalight has grown profitably and is anticipating a value added M&A transaction during 2015. Prior to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior’s career included 15 years at Motorola Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he led the test and assembly operations, a group of 3500 employees, in the US, Scotland and Korea.
Mr. Warrior earned a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.