POET Technologies Announces the Results of its Annual Meeting of Shareholders and the Appointment of New Directors
June 15th, 2015
Toronto, ON, and San Jose, June 15, 2015 – POET Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: PTK and OTCQX: POETF) – developer of the planar opto-electronic technology (“POET”) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer – is pleased to announce the results of its annual meeting of shareholders and subsequent meeting of directors held on June 12, 2015. Following the meeting of shareholders, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) increased the number of directors from 8 to 10 and appointed Dr. Suresh Venkatesan, the C.E.O. of the Company, and Mr. Mohandas Warrior to fill the vacancies created by the increase.
About Mohandas Warrior
Mr. Warrior has been president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alfalight Inc. (“Alfalight”) since February 2004. Alfalight is a GaAs based high power diode laser manufacturing company with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin. Alfalight serves military, telecom and industrial customers. Mr. Warrior restarted the company in 2004 and established Alfalight as a leading provider of high powered laser diode solutions in both commercial and defense segments. The company successfully sold the commercial business in 2013. Mr. Warrior continues to run the retained defense and security segments of Alfalight which is now focused on providing solid-state laser systems for targeting, tracking and illumination applications to the US military. Under Mr. Warrior’s leadership, Alfalight has grown profitably. Prior to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior’s career included 15 years at Motorola Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he led the test and assembly operations, a group of 3500 employees, in the US, Scotland and Korea.
Dr. Venkatesan commented: “I am very pleased to see Mohan join our Board. He brings a new dimension to the Board with his unique GaAs foundry experience serving commercial and defense markets for high-powered laser diode solutions. He is the latest addition to our world-class technical team on the Board of Directors that we have assembled over the past 6 months. We look forward to working with Mohan and the Board as we continue the drive from “lab-to-fab” as part of our monetization strategy”.
Mr. Warrior earned a BTech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on June 12, 2015
At the annual meeting of shareholders, the shareholders approved the following items:
- The re-election of all of the directors of the Company as recommended by management;
- The re-appointment of Marcum LLP, Certified Public Accountants, of New Haven, Connecticut as auditors of the Company for the ensuing year;
- The amendment of the Company’s stock option plan (with all Interested Parties abstaining from voting) to: (a) increase the maximum number of common shares reserved for issuance under the plan to 36,326,000, being slightly less than 20% of the outstanding shares of the Company and (ii) to change the maximum time allowable for the exercise of vested options following the date an officer or director ceases to be in that role from 180 days to one year; and
- Authorizing, subject to regulatory approval, the filing of articles of amendment to consolidate the Company’s common shares on the basis of one new share for a maximum of every three shares of the Company issued and outstanding (the “Consolidation”) and change the name of the Company to POET Technologies Corp. Notwithstanding approval of the proposed Consolidation by shareholders, the Board, in its sole discretion, may revoke the special resolution and abandon the Consolidation without further approval or action by or prior notice to shareholders. The Board has not yet determined whether it will in fact complete the Consolidation or, if there is a Consolidation, the ratio will be in the maximum amount authorized.
At the Board Meeting, incentive stock options were granted under the Company’s stock option plan, to certain directors, officers, key consultants and employees of the Company to purchase up to an aggregate of 1,563,000 common shares, representing 0.86% of the outstanding shares of the Company.
Of these options, 9.1% were granted to key employees who are the technical staff related to the POET effort, 7.7% to the Company’s officers, 51.2% to the non-officer directors and 32% to directors who are also officers. The stock options are exercisable at a price of CA$1.54 per share and expire June 12, 2020. The options will vest and be exercisable on the basis of 25% on the 6-month anniversary of the date of grant and 25% every six months thereafter.
The options were granted subject to provisions of the Company’s stock option plan which was approved by shareholders on June 12, 2014 and are subject to the TSX Venture Exchange policies and applicable securities laws. There are currently 181,795,928 shares issued and outstanding and 33,821,582 stock options outstanding. For further details on the Company’s share capital, refer to the Company’s Financial Statements and the MD&A for the 3-months ended March 31, 2015 which were recently filed on SEDAR.
About POET Technologies Inc.
POET Technologies is the developer of the POET platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer. With its head office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and operations in Storrs, CT, the Company, through ODIS Inc., a U.S. company, designs III-V semiconductor devices for military, industrial and commercial applications, including infrared sensor arrays and ultra-low-power random access memory. The Company has several issued and patents pending for the POET process, with potential high speed and power-efficient applications in devices such as servers, tablet computers and smartphones. The Company’s common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “PTK” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “POETF”. For more information please visit our website at www.poet-technologies.com
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michel Lafrance, Secretary
For further information:
Christopher Chu, Taylor Rafferty, LLC
Tel: (908) 251-9869
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