Executive Leadership Team
In Mr. Rubin’s prior senior executive role at Thorlabs, he was responsible for Thorlabs’ Imaging Systems Division, a standalone organization with its own sales and marketing, as well as global responsibility for all of Thorlabs’ Life Science activities. Among the positions he held at Thorlabs, Mr. Rubin founded and grew Thorlabs’s fast-growing operation in China, and spearheaded Thorlabs’ entry and significant growth in the Life Sciences market. As a member of the senior executive team, Mr. Rubin leads new strategic initiatives for Thorlabs, including new product lines, acquisitions, and growth into new markets. Prior to joining Thorlabs, Mr. Rubin co-founded XLight Photonics, an optical communication startup, which was later sold to a telecommunications private equity firm. Mr. Rubin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Ben Gurion University, a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business, and is a graduate of the Executive Education, Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Albert Miranda is a proven strategic executive leader known for delivering high financial growth across a broad group of products and services in demanding and diverse industries including healthcare, defense & security, consumer electronics, automotive, and semiconductors. Mr. Miranda attained significant professional experience and management expertise through key functional areas encompassing: Finance, Operations, Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, and Information Technology. For the past 12 years, he has been with Jenoptik North America and held the positions of President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Earlier, he held senior level management, finance and operational positions with Carl Zeiss Vision and served in the finance department for a division of BASF.
VP of Global Sales & Marketing
Mark Palvino is a seasoned executive and former Senior Director of Sales at MKS Instruments, Inc. where he was responsible for the global sales of the Newport Optical Components Business. He brings to LightPath over 25 years of sales leadership driving growth and influencing change, with a strategic focus on improving the customer experience, expanding brand awareness, and enabling revenue generation activities. He has broad market experience selling into the automotive, aerospace, communications, industrial, life health sciences, and semiconductor industries. Mr. Palvino holds a B.S. in Optics from the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. He has held leadership roles at other manufacturing companies including Ambrell Corporation, Optimax Systems, Inc., and Zygo Corporation.
VP of Operations
Peter Greif was named VP of Operations for LightPath Technologies and will lead our effort on aligning operations, sales, manufacturing, and engineering to proactively drive our top line growth and profitability within all global business lines. Prior to joining Lightpath, Mr. Greif served as the Business Director for Jabil Inc. managing operations in Europe, Mexico, and Asia and as the VP of Operations for Steris Healthcare, North American Operations. Mr. Greif holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University, and an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University.
Board of Directors
- Louis Leeburg - Chairman of the Board
- Sohail Khan- Director
- M. 'Scott' Faris - Director
- Dr. Joseph Menaker - Director
- Eric Creviston - Director
- Craig Dunam - Director
- Darcie Peck - Director
Louis Leeburg has served as a director of LightPath since May 1996, including membership of the Company’s Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Leeburg is a self-employed business consultant with over 40 years of finance and investment management leadership experience. He began his career as an audit manager for Price Waterhouse & Co. Mr. Leeburg received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. He was a longstanding member of Financial Foundation Officers Group and the treasurer and trustee for the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust Fund during its 30 years of activity until being combined into the Fetzer Institute, and was honored as a Lifetime Director of The Institute for Noetic Sciences.
Sohail Khan has served as one of our directors since February 2005. From September 2015, he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ViSX Systems Inc., a pioneer and leader in media processing semiconductor solutions for video over IP streaming solutions. From May 2013 to July 2014, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lilliputian Systems, a developer of portable power products for consumer electronics. Since August 2011 has served as the managing partner of K5 Innovations, a technology consulting venture. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of SiGe Semiconductor (“SiGe”), a leader in silicon based radio frequency front-end solutions from April 2007 until it was acquired by Skyworks Solutions Inc. in June 2011. Prior to SiGe, Mr. Khan was Entrepreneur in Residence and Operating Partner of Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital group focused on technology investments. From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Khan served on the board of directors for Gainspan Corporation. Mr. Khan received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan. Additionally, he received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Khan is currently on the board of directors of Intersil Corporation, which is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.
Mr. Faris has served as a director of the Company since December 2011. Mr. Faris has been servicing as the Chief Business Officer of Luminar Technologies Inc, a leader in LIDAR systems for automotive applications. Mr. Faris is an experienced entrepreneur with almost two decades of operating, venture-financing and commercialization experience, involving more than 20 start-up and emerging-growth technology companies. In June 2013, Mr. Faris founded Aerosonix, Inc. (formerly MicroVapor Devices, LLC), a privately held developer and manufacturer of advanced medical devices, and served as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Faris also founded the Astralis Group, a strategy advisor that provides consulting to start-up companies, in 2002 and, since 2004, Mr. Faris serves as its Chief Executive Officer. In June 2007, Mr. Faris founded Planar Energy, a company that developed transformational ceramic solid state battery technology and products, and served as its Chief Executive Officer until June 2012. Planar Energy is a spin-out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. From October 2004 to June 2007, Mr. Faris was a partner with Corporate IP Ventures (formerly known as MetaTech Ventures), an early stage venture fund specializing in defense technologies. Mr. Faris also previously served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Waveguide Solutions, a developer of planar optical light wave circuit and micro system products, and as a director and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Optics, Inc., a precision-optical-component and fiber-optic-instrument spin-out of the University of South Florida. Mr. Faris was also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Corporation, a technology accelerator, served as a director of the Florida Seed Capital Fund and Technology Commercialization at the Center for Microelectronics Research, and the chairman of the Metro Orlando EDC. Mr. Faris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Penn State University in 1988. Mr. Faris is currently on the board of directors of MicroVapor Devices, LLC, Spectra Health, Inc., and Open Photonics, Inc., all of which are private companies. Mr. Faris also serves in the Company’s Audit, Nominating and Finance committees.
Dr. Joseph Menaker, Ph.D. co-founded ISP Optics Corporation and served as its President until its sale to LightPath in December 2016. Since the acquisition, he has served in a consultative capacity to LightPath. He is also involved in the Latvia-based UAV Factory, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Menaker holds advanced degrees in Economics, earning a Ph.D. in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics from the Leningrad Finance and Economics Institute and an MS in Economics from Latvian State University. As a result of his role as a consultant to LightPath during the integration of ISP Optics Corporations following the acquisition, and certain payments made to him in such role, as well as sums paid to him in connection with the acquisition, the Board determined that Dr. Menaker is a non-independent director under the applicable NASDAQ Listing Rules.
Eric Creviston received a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois. He has served as Corporate Vice President and President of Mobile Products for Qorvo since January 2015. Prior to that, he served as the Corporate Vice President and President of Cellular Products Group for RF Micro Devices, Inc. (“RFMD”) from August 2007 to January 2015. From May 2002 to August 2007, he served as Corporate Vice President of Cellular Products Group (previously known as Wireless Products until 2004), for RFMD.
Craig Dunham previously served as a consultant to the Board beginning in May 2014 until his appointment to the Board in April 2016. Since March 2015, he has been an Operating Partner with a merger and acquisition advisory firm as well as doing business consulting. From May 2011 until March 2015, Mr. Dunham served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Applied Pulsed Power Inc., a pulsed power components and systems company near Ithaca, New York. From 2004 until 2011, Mr. Dunham was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Dynasil Corporation (NASDAQ: DYSL). He continues to be a Director at Dynasil and is a member of their audit committee. Prior to joining Dynasil, Mr. Dunham spent approximately one year partnering with a private equity group to pursue acquisitions of mid-market manufacturing companies. From 2000 to 2003, he was Vice President/General Manager of the Tubular Division at Kimble Glass Corporation. From 1979 to 2000, he held progressively increasing leadership responsibilities at Corning Incorporated (“Corning”) in manufacturing, engineering, commercial, and general management positions. At Corning, Mr. Dunham delivered results in various glass and ceramics businesses including optics and photonics businesses. Mr. Dunham earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University. Mr. Dunham’s expertise in executive leadership, financial, operations and management, business acumen, optics/photonics market knowledge, and knowledge of the acquisitions process, qualifies him for service as one of our directors.
Darcie Peck served as a Managing Partner of Cheer Partners, LLC, a start-up employee engagement consultancy firm from June 2017 through February 2019 prior to serving as a consultant to the LightPath Board of Directors. From May 2013 until February 2016, Ms. Peck served as the Vice President Finance, Global Services for IMS Health Inc. (“IMS Health,” now IQVIA Holdings Inc.) a technology and analytics company serving life sciences companies near Danbury, Connecticut. From November 2009 until May 2013, Ms. Peck was Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis for IMS Health. From May 2002 through November 2009, Ms. Peck was Vice President Finance and Investor Relations for IMS Health. Prior to that, Ms. Peck was Vice President Finance, IBM Software Group (a division of International Business Machines Corp., or “IBM”) in Somers, New York from March 2001 to May 2002. From 1982 through to 2001, she held progressively increasing leadership responsibilities at IBM in finance, including Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of several acquired companies in technology, manufacturing, and computer leasing. Ms. Peck earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business Administration. Ms. Peck’s expertise in executive leadership, financial and strategic planning, Investor Relations, international business, general management, business and pricing acumen, and high technology manufacturing process knowledge, uniquely qualifies her for service as one of our directors.
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