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.

Forest Baskett

Partner, NEA

Dr. Bami Bastani

SVP, RF Bus Unit, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

Ken Pelowski

Founder & Managing Partner of Pinnacle Ventures

Ramin Shirani

Sr. VP Engineering

Anders Swahn

Independent Director

Sam Srinivasan

Financial Executive

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 and CEO

Faraj Aalaei, a 35-year veteran of the communications industry, has raised funds in excess of $300 million for his companies from private and public investors, executed several M&A deals and taken his previous Startup through IPO, creating billions of dollars in shareholder value. Prior to joining Aquantia, Faraj was the Co-founder and CEO of Centillium. Under his leadership, Centillium went from seed financing to NASDAQ IPO in 3 years, the fastest ever for a semiconductor company. An industry pioneer and holder of three patents, Faraj has spent the last three decades at the forefront of technical advancements – from helping develop the world’s first cable modem at Bell Labs to the introduction of Centillium’s high capacity convergent technology for DSL, optical and VoIP applications. Prior to co-founding Centillium in 1997, Faraj held a variety of management and engineering positions at leading technology providers, where he applied his expertise to the development of DSLAM, Digital Loop Carrier and Fiber-to-the-Curb products at Fujitsu; the first SONET system and the first high speed two way systems for CATV networks at Bell Labs. He began his career at MA/COM designing very high speed satellite communications systems. Aalaei holds a BSEET from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MSEE from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Hampshire. Faraj received an Honorary Doctorate degree in engineering from Wentworth.

Forest Baskett

Partner, NEA

Forest Baskett has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2016. Dr. Baskett is the general partner of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and was a venture partner at NEA from 1999 until he became the general partner in 2004. Prior to NEA, Dr. Baskett was the senior vice president of R&D and Chief Technology Officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. He founded and directed the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation before joining Silicon Graphics Inc. Prior to that, he was a professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Baskett received a BA in Mathematics from Rice University, a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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 founded Pinnacle in 2002. He leads Pinnacle’s investment efforts in the technology and cleantech areas and also oversees the firm’s healthcare investment practice. Ken was the lead partner on Aquantia, Avnera, BlueKai, Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola), Cobalt Technologies, Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), Gilt Groupe, Kaai, Kabam, LifeSize Communications (acquired by Logitech), Mascoma, Miasole’, RGB Networks, Right Media (acquired by Yahoo), Silver Peak Systems, SocialVibe, Topanga Technologies, WiChorus (acquired by Tellabs) and ZING Systems (acquired by Dell). He currently serves as a board director at Aquantia, Cobalt Technologies, Kabam and SocialVibe, and previously was a board director at WiChorus. Ken also is a board member on several nonprofit organizations. Ken founded Pinnacle while working at Redpoint Ventures. Prior to Redpoint, Ken founded and was Chairman of the Board of Currenex, which was acquired by State Street for $560 million. Before Currenex, Ken was COO, CFO and a Board Director of GetThere where he led its IPO as well as its $750 million acquisition by Sabre. Prior to joining GetThere, Ken was EVP and CFO of Preview Travel, which acquired and changed its name to Travelocity. Ken led Preview’s IPO. Before joining Preview Travel, Ken was a Corporate VP and Executive Committee Member at General Instruments and at Quantum Corporation where he was responsible for corporate strategy and business development. Previously, he held senior management positions in sales and marketing at Sun Microsystems and Intel. He received a BSE in electrical engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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

Sr. VP Engineering, Aquantia

Ramin Shirani has been spearheading products in the Ethernet communications for 25 years and adept in mixed-signal IC design. He is the co-founder and SVP of engineering at Aquantia. He helped form the team, raise the funds, and run engineering products from concept to production toward market leadership in 10GBASE-T transceivers. In 1996 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 of all Physical layer IC developments ($130M P&L) including OC line of products (OC48, OC192, OC768), Ethernet physical layer devices (10M, 100M, 1G) 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 lead the first integrated 10BASE-T MAC and PHY IC which was designed into major customers including Apple PCs. In 1993, he was the technical manager and lead for National’s entry and subsequent 90% market ownership of 100BASE-TX transceivers. Ramin invented the Ethernet auto-negotiation mechanism, which is built into billions of Ethernet devices that have shipped to date. Ramin has 21 granted and 10 pending patents in the area of 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.