Board of directors

Dr. Suresh Venkatesan

Dr. Suresh Venkatesan – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Suresh Venkatesan was most recently Senior Vice President, Technology Development at GLOBALFOUNDRIES and was responsible for the company’s Technology Research and Development. Dr. Venkatesan joined GLOBALFOUNDRIES in 2009, where he led the development and ramp of the 28nm node and was instrumental in the technology transfer and qualification of 14nm. In addition, he was responsible for the qualification and ramp up of multiple mainstream value added technology nodes.


Dr. Venkatesan is an industry veteran with over 22 years of experience in semiconductor technology development. Prior to joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, he held various leadership positions with Freescale Semiconductor in Austin, Texas. Dr. Venkatesan holds over 25 US patents, and has co-authored over 50 technical papers. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and Master of Science and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Peter Charbonneau

Peter Charbonneau – Lead Independent Director

Mr. Charbonneau was appointed director of POET’s board in March 2018, bringing over 30 years of experience in venture capital and network infrastructure. He is currently the Chairman of POET’s Governance Committee. As a general partner at Skypoint Capital Corporation for almost 15 years, Mr. Charbonneau was jointly responsible for the placement of $100 million of capital in early-stage telecommunications and data communication companies. Prior to Skypoint, he held a number of executive and operational roles at various networking companies, including March Networks and Newbridge Networks, where he was president and chief operating officer. In 2000, representing Sir Terence Matthews, he facilitated the purchase of the communications business systems division of Mitel Corporation, which has since operated as Mitel Networks. Mr. Charbonneau was Lead Director of Mitel Networks Corporation (NASDAQ: MITL and TSX: MNW) until its recent acquisition and currently sits on the boards of Teradici Corporation, the creator of the PCoIP protocol technology and Surgical Safety Technologies, Inc., a start-up headquartered in Toronto.


Mr. Charbonneau holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ottawa and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Jean-Louis Malinge

Jean-Louis Malinge – Director

Mr. Malinge serves as partner with ARCH Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with nearly $2 billion under management. Additionally, he also serves as a managing director for YADAIS, a leading consulting firm in the photonics and telecommunications industries, and is a board member of Aeponyx, EGIDE SA and CAILabs. Aeponyx is a Canadian venture-backed company developing micro optical switches for tunable transceivers and optical circuit switches. EGIDE SA designs, manufactures and sells hermetic packages for the protection and interconnection of several types of electronic and photonic chips and CAIlabs is a venture-backed French innovative start-up founded in 2013 which has developed a unique spatial multiplexing platform. From 2004 to 2013 Jean-Louis was President and CEO of Kotura, a Silicon Photonics pioneer which was acquired in 2013 by Mellanox Technologies. Prior to Kotura Mr. Malinge was an executive with Corning Inc for 15 years. Jean-Louis hold an Executive M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also holds an engineering degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Rennes, France.

Chris Tsiofas

Chris Tsiofas – Director

Mr. Tsiofas earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the University of Toronto in 1991 and has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1993. He is a partner with the Toronto Chartered Accountancy firm of Myers Tsiofas Norheim LLP. Mr. Tsiofas has also been involved as an operating partner in various private enterprises over the years and is able to offer managerial and operational insight.

Mohandas Warrior

Mohandas Warrior – Director

Mr. Warrior is an Angel Investor investing and advising early stage technology companies in the semiconductor, materials and firmware applications in those domains. Mr. Warrior was the President  & CEO of Alfalight, Inc. from February 2004 to July 2016.  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 established Alfalight as a leading provider of high-powered laser diode solutions in both commercial and and defense segments.  Prior to joining Alfalight, Mr. Warrior’s career included 15 years at Motorola Semiconductors (now Freescale) where he led the test amd assembly operations, a group of 3,500 employees, in the U.S., Scotland and Korea.  Mr. Warrior successfully led the transactions to sell Alfalight’s commercial business to Compound Photonics in 2013 and its defense business to Gooch & Housego in 2016.

Glen Riley

Glen Riley – Director

Glen Riley was appointed as a director of POET’s board in December 2020, bringing extensive and pertinent experience from a broad career in the semiconductor and optoelectronics industry spanning over 32 years. His most recent role was General Manager of the Filter Solutions Business Unit in Qorvo responsible for developing highly integrated RF modules used in flagship mobile phones. Glen is also currently a member of the advisory board for Resonant, a public company developing advanced acoustic filters for 5G RF solutions. Prior roles included managing director of the international headquarters for TriQuint in Singapore, general manager of TriQuint’s GaAs foundry business, general manager of TriQuint’s optoelectronics business, CEO of optical component start-up Opticalis, vice-president responsible for Agere’s high-speed/long-haul optoelectronics business, and Asia sales president of Lucent Technologies’ Microelectronics Group based in Tokyo. He has successfully led aany global teams developing new products and growing profits in the RF wireless, GaAs foundry, optical components, and storage semiconductor markets.


Mr. Riley completed The General Management Program from the Harvard Business School in 1998 and graduated as valedictorian from the School of Engineering at the University of Maine with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985.