Leadership

Leadership

Board Member
Board Member
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Harold Covert
Board Member

From October 2015 until present, Mr. Covert has served as Chief Financial Officer of Harmonic, Inc.  Mr. Covert served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lumos Networks Corporation, a fiber-based service provider from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Covert was an independent business consultant. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Covert was President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Silicon Image, Inc., a provider of semiconductors for storage, distribution and presentation of high-definition content. Within the past five years Mr. Covert was a member of the board of directors of Harmonic Inc. and Solta Medical, Inc., which was acquired in 2014. During his career, Mr. Covert has been the Chief Financial Officer of eight technology based public companies. Mr. Covert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Lake Erie College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is also a Certified Public Accountant. 

Penelope Herscher
Board Member

Penelope Herscher serves on the boards of Lumentum, Verint, PROS, and Faurecia SA. From 2004 to 2015, Ms. Herscher held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at FirstRain, an enterprise software company, and from 2002 to 2003 she held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation software company. From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Herscher was President and Chief Executive Officer of Simplex Solutions which she took public and which was subsequently acquired by Cadence in 2002. Prior to Simplex, Ms. Herscher was an executive with Synopsys, Inc. from 1988 to 1996. Ms. Herscher holds a BA (Hons), MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University in England.

Julie Johnson
Board Member

With over 25 years of operations, product development, and technology experience, Ms. Johnson is currently the Senior Vice President Product Management at VeriFone, a global provider of technology that enables electronic payment transactions. Prior to VeriFone, Ms. Johnson was Corporate Vice President Product Management at Lenovo, a Chinese multinational technology company selling personal computers, tablet computers, smartphones, amongst others. Before Lenovo, Ms. Johnson was Corporate Vice President - Product Management at Google. Prior to Google, Ms. Johnson was Vice President of Product Management at Motorola, a global telecommunications company. Ms. Johnson received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Johnson has Bachelor degree in Math and Physics from Albion College.

Martin Kaplan
Board Member

Martin Kaplan is a member of the board of Superconductor Technologies and is Chairman of the Board of Superconductor Technologies. Within the past five years, Mr. Kaplan also served on the board of directors of Tekelec, Inc. From May 1998 until his retirement in May 2000 after 40 years in the technology industry, Mr. Kaplan was Executive Vice President of Pacific Telesis Group, Inc., parent of Pacific Bell, a telecommunications company, responsible for integration following the merger of SBC Communications, Inc. (“SBC”), a telecommunications company, and Pacific Telesis Group, Inc., followed by the same role for other SBC mergers. Mr. Kaplan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from California Institute of Technology.

Brian Lillie
Board Member

Brian Lillie is the Chief Customer Officer and EVP Technology Services of Equinix, Inc., a global provider of data center and internet exchange services, which he joined in 2008. Prior to joining Equinix, Mr. Lillie held several executive-level roles at VeriSign, Inc., a provider of intelligent infrastructure services, including Vice President of Global Information Systems and Vice President of Global Sales Operations. Mr. Lillie holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Montana State University.

Alan Lowe
Board Member

Alan Lowe is Lumentum’s President and CEO. Most recently he was President of JDSU's CCOP business segment from 2008 through its spin-off to form Lumentum. Under his leadership, the CCOP business was transformed by focusing on the customer, investing in market-leading innovation and improving operational execution. Lowe joined JDSU in September 2007 as Senior Vice President of JDSU’s Commercial Lasers group, which was ultimately integrated into CCOP.

Before his career at JDSU, Lowe was Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions at Asyst Technologies, Inc., a leader in automating semiconductor and flat panel display fabs. Prior to this role, Lowe was President and Chief Executive Officer of Read-Rite Corporation, a manufacturer of thin-film recording heads for disk and tape drives. Lowe also held various sales positions at Microcom Corporation and IBM Corporation.

Lowe holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara and also completed the Stanford Executive Program.

Samuel Thomas
Board Member

Samuel Thomas is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Chart Industries, Inc., an engineered cryogenic equipment manufacturer serving the natural gas and industrial gas industries, which he joined in 2003. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Thomas was Executive Vice President of Global Consumables at ESAB Holdings Ltd., a provider of welding consumables and equipment. Mr. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.