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 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. +BioLess –
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.
Sr. VP Sales & Marketing
Kamal Dalmia has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry spanning three generations of Ethernet products. Prior to joining Aquantia, Kamal has served in the roles of 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 success of several Gigabit, 10 Gigabit and Fast Ethernet physical layer products. +BioLess –
Previously, he has held various management and engineering positions at Cypress Semiconductor and PMC Sierra, focusing on PHYs for Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, SONET and ATM. He holds several US patents and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Phil Delansay, PhD
Sr. VP Business Development
Phil was Aquantia’s founding president & CEO, position he held from inception in 2004 till early 2009 as Faraj Aalaei came on board to lead the company into the next stage of expansion. Phil has since taken the role of Sr. Vice President of Business Development, in charge of Public Relations, Investor Relations, legal, M&A, business strategies, as well as patent activities. +BioLess –
For the past 20 years, Phil has held a number of 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, located first in France and then in the US. His responsibilities there spanned from high-capacity WDM networks to next generation packet switching architectures. He then joined the Silicon Valley-based startup, Lightera Networks, which was acquired by Ciena in early 99. Phil spearheaded the company’s 10Gigabit development effort, and lead the industry-leading CoreDirector platform’s optical/electrical interfaces engineering group. Later on, as part of the CTO office, Phil also participated in various projects involving high-speed interconnects and next generation switching architectures. Phil then joined Greylock Partners as an EIR, where he helped the firm in due diligence on a number of projects throughout the year 2003, leading up to the founding of Aquantia early 2004. Phil received his Ph.D. in semiconductor physics from Orsay University and his MSEE from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, France.
Ramin Farjadrad, PhD
VP Technology Development @ CEO Office
Ramin Farjadrad received his B.Sc. from Sharif Univ. and M.Sc. & Ph.D. from Stanford Univ. in EECS. He is the co-founder and VP of technology development at Aquantia Corp. Ramin has established himself as a leading architect of high performance communications chips with wide range of expertise in mixed-signal ICs, signal processing and coding +BioLess –
Ramin started his career at SUN Micro in 1995 and was later at LSI Logic in 1996, where he developed various multi-Gbps SerDes architectures. His PhD project at Stanford led to the first 10Gbps PAM4 CMOS SerDes in 1999. Ramin also co-founded Velio Communications in 1999, where he focused on the development of CMOS Terabit switch chips as company chief engineer. He then served as Sr. principal architect following Velio acquisition by Rambus in 2003. Ramin joined Aquantia early 2005 as co-founder. As the company’s chief architect & VP technology, Ramin developed Ethernet PHY products for Cloud and enterprise networks. He holds 80+ granted/pending patents and has published several papers in the field of communication ICs and systems.
Sr. VP Finance
Linda Reddick has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience primarily with public high-technology companies in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries. Linda joined Aquantia from Oviso Manufacturing, where she was CFO, which was acquired by Benchmark Electronics in May 2009. Prior to Oviso, she held the position of VP and CFO at Centillium Communications. Prior to Centillium, Linda held executive financial positions at Avanex Corporation and Oplink Communications. +BioLess –
During her career, Ms. Reddick 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.
Sr. VP Engineering
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. +BioLess –
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.
Sreenivas has 21 years of extensive experience in Semiconductor operations. He comes to us 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. He built the operations team from scratch and his leadership at Beceem showcased flawless execution in all aspects of operations and propelled the company to > $100M in revenue before being acquired by Broadcom. He is a recipient of several awards for exemplary execution. +BioLess –
Sreenivas held progressively senior management positions in companies like Intel, Fujitsu, Centillium Communications and LSI Logic. He received BE from University of Mysore and MSEE from North Carolina A&T State University.
Mark Voll joined Aquantia from Montage Technology Group, a mixed signal and analog semiconductor company, where he led the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and 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 initial public offering in 2006 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. +BioLess –
Mark has more than twenty five years of experience serving in the capacity of chief financial officer for high technology companies. Mark has extensive financial and strategic expertise in driving operational performance in high-growth publicly-listed companies. Mark graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.