Board of directors

David E. Lazovsky – Director and Executive Chairman

Mr. Lazovsky is the founder of Intermolecular (NASDAQ: IMI) and served as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors from September 2004 to October 2014. Mr. Lazovsky has an in‐depth knowledge of the semiconductor industry, technology and markets. Mr. Lazovsky raised significant amounts of venture capital and other strategic private investments in Intermolecular’s initial public offering. Prior to founding Intermolecular, Mr. Lazovsky held several senior management positions at Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT). From 1996 through August 2004, Mr. Lazovsky held management positions in the Metal Deposition and Thin Films Product Business Group where he was responsible for managing more than $1 billion in Applied Materials’ semiconductor manufacturing equipment business. From 2003 until 2004, Mr. Lazovsky managed key strategic accounts in Business Management where he worked closely with leading integrated circuit manufacturers to ensure Applied Materials was developing and providing cutting‐edge technology solutions. From 2002 until 2003, Mr. Lazovsky served as the Technology Program Manager for the Endura 2 Platform, Applied Materials’ flagship 300mm metal deposition platform. From 2000 until 2002, Mr. Lazovsky was based in Grenoble, France and served as Director of Business Management for the European region in the Metal Deposition Product Business Group.


Mr. Lazovsky holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio University and, as of March 31, 2014, held 41 pending or issued U.S. patents.



Dr. Suresh Venkatesan – Director and 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 – 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. Previously, he was general partner at Skypoint Capital Corporation for almost 15 years, where he 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 sat on the Board of Mitel Networks until its sale in 2018 and currently serves on the board of Teradici Corporation, the creator of PCoIP protocol technology.


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



Don Listwin – Director

Mr. Listwin has over 30 years of technology investing and management experience, highlighted by a decade at Cisco Systems, where he served as executive vice president. In addition to Mr. Listwin founding and holding the role of chief executive officer of the Canary Foundation, a non-profit research organization focused on the early detection of cancer, Listwin currently serves as a director on the boards of AwareX, Calix, D-wave, ischemaView, Robin Systems and Teradici. More recently, Mr. Listwin served as chief executive officer of both Sana Security and Openwave Systems. Previously, he has also served on the boards or been an advisor to well-known companies, including JDS Uniphase, PLUMgrid, Redback Networks, E-TEK Dynamics, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Mr. Listwin received a BSEE from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a consulting professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University.




Jean-Louis Malinge – Director

Mr. Malinge currently 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 EGIDE SA, which designs, manufactures and sells hermetic packages for the protection and interconnection of several types of electronic and photonic chips. Prior to his consulting and venture capital engagements, Jean-Louis served as the CEO of Kotura, a worldwide leader in silicon photonics that designed and manufactured CMOS optical components, until he sold the company in 2013 for $82 million to Mellanox. Previous to Kotura, he worked for more than 15 years at Corning Incorporated, a world leader in optical, display and advanced materials technologies, where he held various executive positions including vice president of optical networking components.


Mr. Malinge holds a Masters Degree in Physics from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Rennes, France along with an Executive MBA from the MIT Sloan School in Boston.



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 – Director

Mr. Warrior has been president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alfalight Inc. since February 2004. Alfalight, Inc 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 and is anticipating a value added M&A transaction during 2015. 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.


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.