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.
It takes a deeply experienced, committed team to build great shareholder value, and we’ve assembled a team that has guided Aquantia to industry leadership. Each of our executives have more than 25 years of experience on average working with directly relevant technologies and end market segments.
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Faraj Aalaei is a 35-year veteran of the communications industry. Throughout his career, he has raised more than $300 million in funding from private and public investors, executed several successful mergers and acquisitions, and was responsible for the successful initial public offering (IPO) of Centillium Communications – the company he founded – creating billions of dollars in shareholder value. Under his leadership, Centillium went from seed financing to its NASDAQ IPO in just three years – an industry record for a semiconductor company. MoreLess –
An industry pioneer, Faraj has spent his professional career on the frontline of major technical advancements in communications technology. He helped develop the world’s first cable modem and other advanced communications products, during his time at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He also led the development of Access products at Fujitsu Network Communications. Under his leadership, Centillium introduced high-capacity, convergent technologies for DSL, optical and VoIP applications. Faraj began his career at M/A COM designing high-speed satellite communications systems. He holds a BSEET from Wentworth Institute of Technology, an MSEE from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Hampshire. In 2016 Faraj was recognized by Wentworth with an honorary engineering doctorate for his leadership, ingenuity and innovative spirit.
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Voll joined Aquantia from Montage Technology Group, a mixed signal and analog semiconductor company, where he led the company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2013 and its eventual sale in 2014 for $700 million, representing a 125 percent increase over the company’s IPO closing price. In 2014, Montage was the recipient of the Global Semiconductor Alliance’s best financially managed public semiconductor company. Mark also led the 2006 IPO for Techwell, a mixed signal and analog semiconductor company. Mark negotiated the sale of Techwell in 2010 for $450 million presenting more than a 100 percent increase over the company’s IPO closing price. MoreLess –
Mark has more than 25 years of experience serving in the capacity of chief financial officer for high technology companies. He has extensive financial and strategic expertise in driving operational performance in high-growth, public companies. Mark graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kamal Dalmia’s extensive semiconductor experience spans three generations of Ethernet products. Prior to joining Aquantia, Kamal was vice president of marketing at Teranetics and director of marketing at Marvell. He has led marketing teams for industry-leading Ethernet transceivers and was instrumental in the success of several Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and Fast Ethernet physical layer products. MoreLess –
Kamal also held various management and engineering positions at Cypress Semiconductor and PMC Sierra where he focused ion PHYs for Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, SONET and ATM. He holds numerous US patents and a Master of Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Phil Delansay, PhD
Senior Vice President, Business Development
As Aquantia’s senior vice president of business development Phil oversees business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, legal, patents and corporate communications. He also served as the company’s founding president and chief executive officer during the critical stealth period from 2004 to 2009. MoreLess –
Prior to Aquantia, Phil held various management roles in companies ranging from early-stage startups to large international corporations. After starting his career in optical networking at NEC in Japan, Phil joined Alcatel, first in France and then in the United States. His responsibilities there spanned high-capacity WDM networks to next-generation packet switching architectures. He then joined Lightera Networks in the startup phase which was eventually acquired by Ciena. Phil spearheaded Lightera’s 10Gigabit development effort, and lead the Core Director product optical/electrical interfaces engineering group. Later, as part of Lightera’s CTO office, Phil worked on projects involving high-speed interconnects and next-generation switching architectures. In 2003 Phil joined Greylock Partners as an entrepreneur in residence, helping to execute due diligence on a number of projects before founding Aquantia in January 2004. Phil received his PhD in semiconductor physics from Orsay University and his MSEE from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France.
Ramin Farjadrad, PhD
Vice President, Technology Development
Ramin Farjadrad is a co-founder of Aquantia and served as its Chief Architect from 2005 till 2012, as the Vice President of Technology from 2012 till 2015, and as Vice President, Technology Development, reporting to the CEO’s office since 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science from Sharif University in 1994, and MS and PhD from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering Computer Science in 1996 and 2000 respectively. MoreLess –
Dr. Farjadrad has established himself as a leading architect of high-performance communications semiconductors with wide range of expertise in analog/mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs), signal processing and coding. He started his career at SUN Microsystems in 1995, and joined the Stanford Center for Integrated Circuits (CIS) in 1996 where he proposed and developed a mixed-mode architecture for low-power multi-Gbps transceivers, including the first 10Gbps PAM4 SerDes in 1998. He also co-founded Velio Communications and served as Chief Engineer from 1999 to 2003 when it was acquired by Rambus and LSI Logic. He then served as a senior principal at Rambus till 2005. Dr. Farjadrad holds over 80 granted/pending patents and has published numerous papers in the field of communication ICs and systems.
Senior Vice President, Finance
Linda Reddick has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience primarily with public technology companies in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries. Prior to Aquantia Linda was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Oviso Manufacturing, which was acquired by Benchmark Electronics in May 2009. She also held the position of vice president and CFO at Centillium Communications. Linda has also held executive financial positions at Avanex Corporation and Oplink Communications. MoreLess –
During her career, Linda has been instrumental in the integration of strategic acquisitions and in transitioning high-growth start-up companies into mature entities. She began her professional career with Mohler & Accountancy Corporation and later served as a Manager of Deloitte & Touche. Linda is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
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. MoreLess –
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.
Vice President, Operations
Sreenivas has more than 20 years of experience in semiconductor operations. He joined Aquantia from Broadcom, where he served as a technical director in the operations and central engineering group. Prior to Broadcom, He was the vice president of operations at Beceem Communications. At Beceem Sreenivas built the operations team from scratch and showcased outstanding execution in all aspects of operations. His diligence and expertise helped Beceem reach more than $100M in revenue before it was acquired by Broadcom. He is a recipient of several professional awards for exemplary execution. MoreLess –
Sreenivas has held progressively senior management positions at Intel, Fujitsu, Centillium Communications and LSI Logic. He received a BE from University of Mysore and MSEE from North Carolina A&T State University.