Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Francis J. Kramer, Chairman - Retired President and CEO, II-VI Incorporated
Mr. Kramer joined the Company in 1983, served as its President from 1985 to 2007, its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to November 2014, and its Chairman and CEO from November 2014 to September 2016. He now serves as the Company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Kramer holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. degree in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. Mr. Kramer served as a director of Barnes Group Inc., an aerospace and industrial manufacturing company from 2012 to September 2016. Mr. Kramer provides our Board and the Company with guidance on growth strategy, in particular on the profitable execution of the strategy to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. He contributes considerable business development experience. He also has significant operations experience that is relevant to the Company’s strategy.
Marc Y. E. Pelaez, Lead Independent Director - Rear Admiral, United States Navy (retired)
Mr. Pelaez is a Rear Admiral, United States Navy (retired). Rear Admiral Pelaez is currently a private consultant to defense and commercial companies. He was Vice President of Engineering, and later Vice President of Business and Technology Development, for Newport News Shipbuilding, from 1996 until 2001, when it was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation. From 1993 to 1996, Rear Admiral Pelaez served as Chief of Naval Research. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) from 1990 to 1993. From 1968 to 1990, he held numerous positions, including command assignments, in the United States Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Rear Admiral Pelaez has a broad background and understanding of technology and technology development, a seasoned knowledge of military procurement practices, and management leadership and consulting skills developed throughout his military and civilian careers.
Dr. Vincent D. Mattera, Jr. - Chief Executive Officer, II-VI Incorporated
Dr. Mattera initially served as a member of the II-VI Board from 2000 until 2002.Dr. Mattera joined the Company as Vice President in 2004, and served as Executive Vice President from January 2010 to November 2013, when he became Chief Operating Officer. He was re-appointed to the Board in 2012. In November 2014, Dr. Mattera became the President and Chief Operating Officer. In September 2016, Dr. Mattera became the Company’s third President and Chief Executive Officer in 45 years. During his career at II-VI he has assumed successively broader management roles, including as a lead architect of the Company’s diversification strategy. He has provided vision, energy and dispatch to the Company’s growth initiatives, including overseeing the acquisition-related integration activities in the United States, Europe, and Asia – especially in China – thereby establishing additional platforms. These have contributed to a new positioning of the Company into large and transformative global growth markets while increasing considerably the global reach of the Company, deepening the technology and IP portfolio, broadening the product roadmap and customer base, and increasing the potential of II-VI.
Joseph J. Corasanti - Retired President, CEO and Director, CONMED Corporation
Mr. Corasanti presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Audit Committee for SRC, Inc., a non-profit research and development company. Previously, Mr. Corasanti held a number of management roles at CONMED Corporation, a medical technology company, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to July 2014; President and Chief Operating Officer from 1999 to 2006; Executive Vice President/General Manager from 1998 to 1999; and General Counsel and Vice President-Legal Affairs from 1993 to 1998. He also served as a director of CONMED from 1994 to 2014. From 1990 to 1993, he was an Associate Attorney with the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Morgan, Wenzel & McNicholas. Mr. Corasanti holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from Hobart College, and a J.D. degree from Whittier College School of Law. Mr. Corasanti’s past executive positions and his prior public company board experience have provided him with leadership skills and experience in a variety of matters that he contributes to our Board. His experience and skill set, including his legal background and acquisition experience, are valuable to our Board.
Michael L. Dreyer - Director F5 Networks, Former Director, Finisar Corporation and retired COO Silicon Valley Bank
Mr. Dreyer served as a member of Finisar’s board of directors from December 2015 through the effective date of the Company’s acquisition of Finisar and also is currently a director of F5 Networks, Inc., a developer and provider of software defined application services. Mr. Dreyer has served as the Chief Operations Officer of Silicon Valley Bank since September 2015. Before joining Silicon Valley Bank, Mr. Dreyer was President and Chief Operating Officer of Monitise Americas, LLC, a subsidiary of Monitise plc, a company providing mobile banking and payment services, from 2014 to September 2015. Mr. Dreyer also was the global head of technology and Chief Information Officer at VISA Inc. from 2005 to 2014. Previously, Mr. Dreyer was Chief Information Officer of Inovant, LLC, a company providing electronic payment processing services. He has also held executive positions at VISA USA as Senior Vice President of Processing and Emerging Products, and Senior Vice President of Commercial Solutions. Additionally, Mr. Dreyer held senior positions at American Express Co, Prime Financial, Inc., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Downey Savings, Bank of America, and the Fairmont Hotel Management Company. Mr. Dreyer received an M.B.A. and a B.A. in psychology from Washington State University. Mr. Dreyer brings to the Board extensive executive and leadership experience, as well as expertise in various aspects of the financial and banking industries.
Enrico Digirolamo - Senior Advisor to Technology Companies and Manufacturing Firms, retired CFO and SVP Covisint
Mr. Digirolamo was appointed to the Board of Directors in May 2018. He is currently a senior advisor to technology companies and manufacturing firms. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Digirolamo served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Covisint Corporation, a leading cloud computing company for the Internet of Things and Identity platforms. Mr. Digirolamo was with Allstate Insurance from 2010-2013, where he served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Finance. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Digirolamo served as Vice President and CFO for General Motors in Europe. During a 31-year career with General Motors, Mr. Digirolamo held a variety of senior executive positions throughout the corporation, including 12 years outside the United States. Mr. Digirolamo served on the Board of Directors of Metromedia International Group from 2010-2017; Premier Trailer Leasing, Inc., from 2011-201; and Identifix from 2013-2014. Mr. Digirolamo holds a BS from Central Michigan University, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University, and completed the Senior Executive Program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Roundtable at Central Michigan University, and a member of the Detroit Opera House Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Mr. Digirolamo has extensive experience leading complex global businesses, and a broad CFO, general management, and board background.
Patricia Hatter - Senior Vice President - Global Customer Services, Palo Alto Networks
Ms. Hatter has served as the Senior Vice President – Global Customer Services at Palo Alto Networks, Inc., a multinational cybersecurity company, since August 2019. From July 2017 to August 2019, Ms. Hatter worked a strategic advisor to various private companies. Ms. Hatter previously served as the General Manager and Senior Vice President – Services and Interim Chief Information Officer of McAfee, LLC, a global computer security software company, from January 2017 to July 2017 and was the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President – Operations, at McAfee, LLC from 2010 to June 2015. Ms. Hatter additionally served as the Chief Information Officer – Intel Security and General Manager – Security & Software at Intel Corporation, a leader in the semiconductor industry, from June 2015 to January 2016. Ms. Hatter also held various leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Inc. and AT&T Corporation. Ms. Hatter previously served on the board of directors of Barrick Gold Corporation, an international mining company, from April 2018 until January 2019 and the board of directors of Qualys, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, from October 2018 until August 2019. Ms. Hatter holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jerry S. Rawls - Former Director, retired CEO Finisar Corporation
Mr. Rawls served as a member of the board of directors of Finisar Corporation (“Finisar”) from 1989 through the effective date of the Company’s acquisition of Finisar. Mr. Rawls served as Finisar’s Chief Executive Officer from September 2015 until January 2018 and from 1999 until 2008; as Finisar’s Chairman of the Board from 2006 until January 2018; and as Finisar’s Executive Chairman from 2008 through September 2015. Mr. Rawls also served as Finisar’s President from 2003 until 2008 and previously held that title from 1989 to 2002. Mr. Rawls previously was employed by Raychem Corporation, a materials science and engineering company, where he held various management positions including Division General Manager of the Aerospace Products Division and Interconnection Systems Division. Mr. Rawls holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Purdue University. Mr. Rawls’ tenure with Finisar since 1989, including over 20 years as its President, Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board and/or Chief Executive Officer, provides him personal knowledge of Finisar’s history since shortly after its founding. This experience, together with his management and industry experience, enables him to provide the Board with a unique perspective on Finisar’s business and operations and strategic issues.
Dr. Shaker Sadasivam - Co-Founder, President and CEO, Auragent Bioscience, LLC, retired President and CEO SunEdison Semiconductor LLC
Dr. Sadasivam is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Auragent Bioscience, LLC. He also serves on the Board of four private companies, FTC Solar, Sfara, DClimate, and Sea Pharma LLC, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chesterfield Montessori School in Chesterfield, MO. In 2016, Dr. Sadasivam retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison Semiconductor LLC, a leading manufacturer of advanced semiconductors for electronics, a position he held since December 2013. From 2009 to December 2013, he served as Executive Vice President and President, Semiconductor Materials Business Unit of SunEdison, Inc. (a predecessor to SunEdison Semiconductor LLC, formerly known as MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.). From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Sadasivam served as Senior Vice President, Research and Development of SunEdison, Inc. Dr. Sadasivam holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras and Indian Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Olin School of Business, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University. Dr. Sadasivam brings to the Board his extensive experience related to the semiconductor industry, and insight into areas including operations, product development and engineering management.
Robert N. Stephens - Former Director, Finisar Corporation, retired CEO of Adaptec
Mr. Stephens served as a member of Finisar’s board of directors from 2005 through the effective date of the Company’s acquisition of Finisar and as Finisar’s Chairman of the Board from January 2018 through the same date in September 2019. Mr. Stephens served as Finisar’s Lead Director from 2010 until January 2018. Mr. Stephens served as the Chief Executive Officer from 1999, and as President from 1998, of Adaptec, Inc. (“Adaptec”), a storage solutions provider, until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Stephens joined Adaptec in 1995 as Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Adaptec, Mr. Stephens was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Power I/O, a company that developed serial interface solutions and silicon expertise for high-speed data networking, that was acquired by Adaptec in 1995. Prior to founding Power I/O, Mr. Stephens was President and Chief Executive Officer of Emulex Corporation, a designer, developer and supplier of Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Before joining Emulex, Mr. Stephens was Senior Vice President, General Manager and founder of the Microcomputer Products Group at Western Digital Corporation. He began his career at IBM, where he served over 15 years in a variety of human resource management positions. Mr. Stephens holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology, and an M.S. in Industrial Psychology, from San Jose State University. Mr. Stephens brings to the Board executive and industry experience in a number of strategic and operational areas through his service as Chief Executive Officer of Adaptec, Power I/O and Emulex and in executive roles at Western Digital, as well as through his experience as a member of Finisar’s board of directors.
Dr. Howard H. Xia - Retired General Manager, Vodafone China Limited
Dr. Xia currently serves as a consultant to the telecommunications industry. Dr. Xia served as General Manager of Vodafone China Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, a telecommunications company, from 2001 to 2014. From 1994 to 2001, he served as a Director-Technology Strategy for Vodafone AirTouch Plc and AirTouch Communications, Inc. He served as a Senior Staff Engineer at Telesis Technology Laboratory from 1992 to 1994, and was a Senior Engineer at PacTel Cellular from 1990 to 1992. Dr. Xia holds a B.S. degree in Physics from South China Normal University, and an M.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrophysics from Polytechnic School of Engineering of New York University. Dr. Xia’s extensive knowledge of and experience in the telecommunications industry, his knowledge of international business, including with China, and strong leadership skills make him a valuable member of our Board of Directors. In particular, his experience and knowledge of telecommunications in Asia contribute to the Board’s breadth of knowledge in this area.