30 October 2010


Infinera appoints Hooshmandt chairman of the board, and Welch as board member

Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has appointed Kambiz Hooshmand chairman of the Board of Directors and named Infinera co-founder Dr David Welch to the Board of Directors.

Hooshmand, who joined Infinera’s board last year, has over twenty years of experience in optical transport, routing, access, and related technologies. He was president and CEO of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation from 2005 to 2009. Previoulsy, he held senior positions at Cisco Systems Inc, including VP and GM of Cisco’s Optical and Broadband Transport business unit.

Welch is currently Infinera’s executive vice president, and chief strategy officer. Prior to Infinera, he held a number of senior positions at optical component makers SDL Inc and JDS Uniphase. Welch has more than 80 patents and some 300 technical articles to his name. His role in the development of semiconductor laser technology and related products was recognized with the 1994 Adolph Lomb Award, the 1998 Engineering Achievement Award from the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society, and the 1999 Fraunhofer Award. Welch currently serves on the boards of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Optoelectronic Industry Development Association (OIDA).
“These appointments bring deep experience of many aspects of the telecom and technology businesses to Infinera,” said Infinera’s CEO, Tom Fallon. “Kambiz and Dave will play valuable roles on our board as we continue to grow and develop our business.”

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