Accelerating Connectivity


There are over a billion ports of Ethernet that get shipped every year.
Aquantia’s mission is to be the premier supplier of high-speed connectivity silicon
addressing this vast market opportunity.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lip-Bu Tan

President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Lead Director, Aquantia

Faraj Aalaei

Chairman, President and CEO

Dmitry Akhanov

President & CEO, RUSNANO USA, Inc.

Dr. Bami Bastani

SVP, RF Bus Unit, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Ken Pelowski

Founder & Managing Partner of Pinnacle Ventures

Geoffrey G. Ribar

Geoffrey G. Ribar

Sr. VP, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Ramin Shirani

Sr. VP Engineering

Sam Srinivasan

Financial Executive

Anders Swahn

Independent Director

Lip-Bu Tan

President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., Lead Director, Aquantia

Lip-Bu Tan has served as President and CEO of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since January 2009 and has been a member of the Cadence Board of Directors since February 2004. He also serves as chairman of Walden International, a venture capital firm he founded in 1987. Prior to founding Walden, Tan was Vice President at Chappell & Co. and held management positions at EDS Nuclear and ECHO Energy. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) and serves on the board of Global Semiconductor Association (GSA), as well as the boards of Ambarella Inc., SINA, and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. He also serves on the Board of Trustees and the School of Engineering Dean’s Council at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Tan received an M.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and a B.S. from Nanyang University in Singapore.

Faraj Aalaei

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Faraj Aalaei has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since January 2009. He became Chairman of the board of directors in October 2016. Prior to joining Aquantia, Mr. Aalaei served as Chief Executive Officer and was one of the founders of Centillium Communications, a semiconductor solutions company. Mr. Aalaei served as the Vice President, Marketing and Business Development from Centillium’s inception in February 1997 until January 2000, when he was named Chief Executive Officer. Prior to co-founding Centillium, Mr. Aalaei was Director of Access Products at Fujitsu Network Communications, a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic transmission and broadband switching platforms, from October 1993 to February 1997. Prior to Fujitsu, Mr. Aalaei spent nine years at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a design engineer in various capacities. Mr. Aalaei received a Doctor of Engineering and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Aalaei holds three U.S. patents.

Geoffrey G. Ribar

Sr. VP, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Geoffrey G. Ribar has served as a member of our board of directors since September 2017. Mr. Ribar is also a member of the Board of Directors of MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. He has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. since 2010. He will be relinquish the CFO title October 1 2018 and will continue to serve Cadence as SVP until his planned retirement in March 2018. Prior to his appointment as CFO at Cadence, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Telegent Systems from May 2008 to October 2010, where he led the company’s finance, legal, IT and HR teams. He held the CFO position at a number of semiconductor companies including SiRF Technology, Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., and NVIDIA. Mr. Ribar received his B.S. degree in chemistry, as well as an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Bami Bastani

SVP, RF Business Unit, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Bami Bastani has served as a member of our board of directors since June 30, 2016. Dr. Bastani is the Senior Vice President of the radio frequency (RF) business unit at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Dr. Bastani has more than 35 years of experience in the high-tech industry, ranging from semiconductor components to system level network solutions. He has served as an independent board member at multiple public and private companies. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he was president, CEO and a board member of Meru Networks, a global enterprise-grade Wi-Fi networks solution provider, from March 2012 to July 2015 when the company was acquired by Fortinet. During his time with Meru Networks, he transformed Meru Networks from a hardware company to a solution provider, delivering a portfolio of software, software-defined networks (in which Meru Networks received the 2015 SDN Excellence Award) and subscription cloud offerings (WaaS). Dr. Bastani has also held the positions of president, CEO and board member in the mobility, consumer and broadband markets. He served as president and CEO of Trident Microsystems, Inc., a set-top box and TV semiconductor company, from June 2011 to April 2012, which filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in 2012, and oversaw the sale of Trident’s assets to Entropic Communications, Sigma Designs and certain other acquirers. Prior to his employment at Trident, he was the founder and CEO of B2 Global Consulting. He also led ANADIGICS, Inc. as the president, CEO and a board member through its turnaround and growth from 1998 to 2008. In addition, he has served in executive positions at Fujitsu Microelectronics and National Semiconductor. Dr. Bastani started his career at Intel Corporation in Technology Development. Dr. Bastani holds three patents in semiconductor technology. He holds a Ph.D. and MSEE in Microelectronics from The Ohio State University.

Ken Pelowski

Founder & Managing Partner of Pinnacle Ventures

Ken Pelowski has served as a member of our board of directors since April 2013. He is also the chairman of our compensation committee. Mr. Pelowski founded Pinnacle Ventures in 2002 and currently serves as its Managing Partner. Prior to founding Pinnacle Ventures, he founded and was chairman of the board of Currenex, a technology provider geared toward the foreign exchange community, from December 1999 to December 2003. Prior to Currenex, Mr. Pelowski served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of GetThere, a corporate travel reservation company, from March 1999 to November 2000. From September 1997 to March 1999, he served as Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer of Preview Travel, a company that provides online travel services for small business and leisure travelers. Mr. Pelowski currently serves on the board of directors of Kabam and Viajanet. Mr. Pelowski holds a B.S. in Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. We believe Mr. Pelowski brings extensive business expertise in technology to our board of directors.

Dmitry Akhanov

President & CEO, RUSNANO USA, Inc.

Dmitry Akhanov is the President and CEO of RUSNANO USA, Inc. Previously, Mr. Akhanov was the Head of the Russian Federal Energy Agency, implementing government policy and managing Russian government assets in oil & gas, coal and electricity. As the Head of Strategy of RAO UES, Mr. Akhanov took an active role in Russian electricity sector restructuring, managing multiple unbundlings and M&A’s, architecting new sector’s layout. He has extensive experience in investor relations, strategy and corporate finance.

Ramin Shirani

Senior Vice President, Engineering

Ramin Shirani has spearheaded engineering for Ethernet communications products in for more than 25 years and he is highly adept in mixed-signal, integrated circuit (IC) design. In addition to leading the company’s engineering efforts, Ramin is a co-founder of Aquantia. From the company’s inception, he has played a key role in building the team, raising capital, and most importantly running the engineering of products from concept to production to market introduction. His technical direction has enabled Aquantia gain the leadership position in Data Centers with its 10GBASE-T transceivers. Before Aquantia, Ramin co-founded Enable semiconductor, a mixed-signal Ethernet PHY company, which was acquired by Lucent Micro-electronics in 1999.  At Lucent Ramin was the general manager for all Physical layer IC developments including the optical carrier product line, and Ethernet physical layer devices with cross-functional teams on research initiatives with Bell Labs. Ramin started his career in 1987 at National Semiconductor as an analog design engineer, and in 1991 he led the first integrated 10BASE-T MAC and PHY IC which was designed into various systems including Apple PCs. He became the technical manager and lead for National’s market entry and subsequent 90% market share for 100BASE-TX transceivers. Ramin invented the Ethernet auto-negotiation mechanism, which has been built into billions of Ethernet devices. Ramin has 21 granted and 10 pending patents in IC design and communications.

Anders Swahn

Independent Director

Anders Swahn has served as a member of our board of directors since August 2008. Until December 2015 Mr. Swahn served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alion Energy, Inc. (a renewable energy company) and prior to that, from 2008-2012, as the CEO of Alion Energy, Inc. (Formerly Alion, Inc, formerly SunPrint, Inc.). Prior to that Mr. Swahn served as the iCEO for Nicira Networks, a company focused on software-defined networking and network virtualization, and, prior to that, as the Chief Executive Officer of PicoChip, a fabless semiconductor communications company, Mr. Swahn also co- founded, as the CEO, Abrizio Inc, a fabless semiconductor company, in 1997, which was later acquired by PMC-Sierra, where Anders Swahn served as VP & General Manager for the Carrier Switching Division until 2001. Prior to Abrizio, Mr. Swahn held various management positions in the semiconductor and communications industry including Executive VP, Worldwide Sales & Marketing at Allied Telesyn and principal marketer of the Ethernet product line of chips at Advanced Micro Devices. Anders Swahn started his career with ABB (formerly ASEA). Mr. Swahn holds an M.S.E.E. degree from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

Sam Srinivasan

Financial Executive

Mr. Srinivasan is currently on the board of directors of Inphi. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Health Language, Inc., a leader in the development, delivery and marketing of software that reduces the complexity of incorporating medical vocabulary and coding standards into healthcare information technology applications. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Health Language, Inc. from May 2000 until November 2001 and Chairman from May 2000 until March 2002. He also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Cirrus Logic, Inc. from November 1988 to March 1996. Prior to this, he served as Director, Internal Audits and subsequently as Corporate Controller of Intel Corporation from May 1984 to November 1988. Mr. Srinivasan previously served on the board of directors of SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. from 2004 to 2009, Centillium Communications, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, and Leadis Technology, Inc. from 2008 to 2009. Mr. Srinivasan holds a B.A. in commerce from Madras University, India and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

The semiconductor industry is experiencing some of the biggest technology inflections in history. Traditional venture capitalists have mostly abandoned investing in emerging semiconductor companies primarily because the sector has become so capital intensive. With so much at stake, private semiconductor companies, with a strong business model, outstanding execution, unparalleled strategic backing and the ability to displace large incumbents present a unique opportunity for investors.

said Lip- Bu Tan, CEO of Cadence Design Systems and Founder and Chairman of Walden Riverwood.