LightPath Leadership

Sam Rubin

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 lead 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.

Donald Retreage, Jr
Senior VP & Chief Financial Officer

Donald Retreage, Jr. is a corporate leader with vast experience of nearly 25 years in international finance and accounting, a financial management expert with a proven track record of accelerating revenue growth, and adept at strategic decision-making resulting directly in maximized workforce productivity and business profitability. He brings to LightPath a multi-faceted skillset that effectively aligns strategic initiatives with corporate targets across revenue generation, cost controls, financial reporting, staff development, employee engagement, and public company valuation metrics. Mr. Retreage comes to LightPath from Houser Logistics, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President. After graduating from the University of Louisiana of Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting & Finance, he spent the majority of his career in increasingly progressive financial and operational roles for multinational corporations, including Seaboard Corporation and Sodexho/Universal Ogden Services.

Mark Palvino
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.


Board of Directors

Robert Ripp - Chairman of the Board

Robert Ripp has served as Chairman of LightPath since November 1999. During portions of fiscal years 2002 and 2003 he also served as the Company’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Ripp was Chairman and CEO of AMP Incorporated from August 1998 until April 1999, when AMP was sold to TYCO International Ltd. Mr. Ripp held various executive positions at AMP from 1994 to August 1999. Mr. Ripp previously spent 29 years with IBM of Armonk, NY. He held positions in all aspects of operations within IBM culminating in the last four years as Vice President and Treasurer and he retired from IBM in 1993. Mr. Ripp graduated from Iona College and received a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. Mr. Ripp is currently on the board of directors of Ace, Ltd., Axiall Corporation and PPG Industries, all of which are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Ripp also serves on the Company’s Compensation, Nominating and Finance Committees.

Dr. Steve Brueck - Director

Dr. Steve Brueck has served as a Director of LightPath since July 2001. He is a Distinguished Professor, Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Physics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he joined in 1985. He retired in 2014; he remains active as a University of New Mexico Research Professor. He is a graduate of Columbia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Doctorate of Science in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Brueck is a fellow of the OSA, the IEEE and the AAAS. Dr. Brueck serves on the Company’s Audit Committee.

M. “Scott” Faris - Director

Mr. Faris has served as a director of the Company since December 2011. 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. Farris 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.

Sohail Khan - Director

Mr. 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.

Louis Leeburg - Director

Louis Leeburg has served as a Director of LightPath since May 1996. Mr. Leeburg is a self-employed business consultant. From 1988 until 1993 he was the Vice President for Finance of The Fetzer Institute, Inc. From 1980 to 1988 he was in financial positions with different organizations with an emphasis in investment management. Mr. Leeburg was an audit manager for Price Waterhouse & Co. until 1980. Mr. Leeburg received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Arizona State University. He is a member of Financial Foundation Officers Group and the treasurer and trustee for the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust Fund and The Institute for Noetic Sciences. Mr. Leeburg also serves on the Company's Audit and Compensation Committees.

Craig Dunham - Director

Mr. 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.

Dr. Joseph Menaker - Director

Mr. 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.

Darcie Peck - Director

Mrs. 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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