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Documents & Charters

The Board of Directors of Acacia Communications, Inc. (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors follows the procedures and standards that are set forth in these guidelines. These guidelines are subject to modification from time to time as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the best interests of the Company or as required by applicable laws and regulations.

Murugesan “Raj” Shanmugaraj
President and Chief Executive Officer

Raj is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Communications. Raj brings to Acacia more than 25 years experience in telecom and communications. Prior to joining Acacia, Raj was the vice president of business development in the optical networking division of Alcatel-Lucent USA. He also founded and served as the chief executive officer of Astral Point Communications, and held various senior executive level positions at PictureTel, Multilink and Motorola. Mr. Shanmugaraj holds an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.E. in electronics and communications from the National Institute of Technology.

John F. Gavin
Chief Financial Officer

John is the Chief Financial Officer of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia more than 30 years of financial and business experience. Prior to joining Acacia, John was the chief financial officer of Hiperos. He also served as the chief operating officer of Akorri Networks, where he also served as the interim acting chief executive officer, as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of SMaL Camera Technologies, the chief financial officer of Pirus Networks, and the chief financial officer of C-Port. John also served in various roles, most recently as the vice president of finance, sales and marketing North America, at Digital Equipment Corporation. John holds a B.S. in accounting from Stonehill College and a M.B.A. from Anna Maria College.

Benny P. Mikkelsen
Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Benny is one of the founders of Acacia Communications and also serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Benny brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in optical transmission and technologies. Prior to joining Acacia, Benny co-founded and served as the vice president of technology of Mintera. Prior to that, he held various engineering positions with Bell Laboratories, a research and scientific development company owned by Alcatel-Lucent USA. Benny has published more than 200 papers and conference contributions in letters, journals and conferences. Benny holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

Christian J. Rasmussen
Founder, Vice President of Digital Signal Processing and Optics

Christian is one of the founders of Acacia Communications and also serves as its Vice President of Digital Signal Processing and Optics. Christian brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in the development of digital signal processing for ultra-high speed coherent transport systems. Prior to joining Acacia, Christian was a principal optical engineer of Mintera. Christian holds an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in optical communications from the Technical University of Denmark.

Mehrdad Givehchi
Founder, Vice President of Hardware and Software

Mehrdad is one of the founders of Acacia Communications and also serves as its Vice President of Hardware and Software. Mehrdad brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in the area of software and hardware development. Prior to joining Acacia, Mehrdad was the consulting optical engineer of Mintera. Prior to that, he served as the principal hardware engineer of Sycamore Networks, and as the principal hardware engineer of Tektronix. Mehrdad holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Eric L. Fisher
Vice President of Global Sales

Eric is the Vice President of Sales of Acacia Communications. Eric brings to Acacia more than 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development in the semiconductor/component segment of the communications industry. Prior to joining Acacia, Eric held various management positions at Altera Corporation, which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2015, most recently as its vice president of sales, Americas and global key accounts. Prior to that, Eric served in various management and non-management positions in the sales and marketing function at PMC-Sierra, Inc. and Texas Instruments. Eric holds a B.S. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and an M.B.A. from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.

Bhupendra “Bhupen” C. Shah
Vice President of Engineering

Bhupen is the Vice President of Engineering of Acacia Communications. Bhupendra brings to Acacia more than 20 years of experience in engineering and engineering management. Prior to joining Acacia, Bhupen was the director of engineering at Juniper Networks. Prior to that, he was the director of hardware and software development at Broadcom. Previously, Bhupen co-founded and served as the vice president of engineering of Atlantic Cores. Bhupen holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Lowell.

John J. LoMedico
Vice President of Business Development

John is the Vice President of Business Development of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development in the semiconductor/component segment of the communications industry. Prior to joining Acacia, John was the vice president of sales and marketing of CHiL Semiconductor. Prior to CHiL Semiconductor, John served as the vice president of marketing of Applied Micro Circuits, and as the vice president of sales and marketing of Cimaron Communications. Prior to that, John served in various management positions in the sales and marketing function at National Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments). John holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

Janene I. Asgeirsson
Vice President, General Counsel

Janene is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Acacia Communications. Janene brings to Acacia more than 15 years experience in advising companies in the technology sector on legal, business and governance matters. Prior to joining Acacia, Janene was a counsel in the corporate practice group of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Prior to that, Janene served as the senior corporate counsel of Entropic Communications. Janene was a senior associate in the corporate practice group of the law firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian and an associate in the corporate practice group of the law firm Foley Hoag. Janene holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

John P. Kavanagh
Senior Vice President of Operations

John is the Senior Vice President of Operations/Supply Chain of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia more than 20 years of international experience in operations, engineering, supply chain, new product introduction and quality. Prior to joining Acacia, John served as the vice president, supply chain of JDS Uniphase. Prior to that, John held several roles, including vice president, general manager and vice president of supply chain, at Finisar. John holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Robert C. Bickle
Vice President of Quality, Chief Quality Officer

Robert is the Vice President of Quality, Chief Quality Officer of Acacia Communications. Robert brings to Acacia more than 30 years of experience in operations and quality control. Prior to joining Acacia, Robert was the vice president of global quality at ARRIS, Inc. where he was responsible for global quality and product reliability. He has held senior level quality control positions at Google Home Sector, Motorola, and Synchronous. Robert also sat on the Board of Directors for Telecommunications Standard of ISO9001(QuEST) from January 2016 to March 2018 and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) from September 2017 to March 2018. A retired U.S. Naval Officer, Robert holds a B.A. from California State University, Northbridge, and an M.B.A from California Lutheran University.

Renee M. Pianka
Chief Human Resources Officer

Renee is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Acacia Communications. Renee brings to Acacia over 15 years of human resource management expertise. Prior to joining Acacia, Renee served as a vice president, human resources for the global services division of EMC Corporation, where she also served in increasing senior roles in various parts of the business including an international assignment in Europe. Renee holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.

Vincent Roche
Chairman of the Board; Member of the Compensation Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2016, Mr. Roche is the president and chief executive officer and a director of Analog Devices. Mr. Roche began his career at Analog Devices in 1988 and has been part of its senior management team since 2009. Mr. Roche holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Eric A. Swanson
Director; Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2009, Mr. Swanson has served as a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2006 and provided consulting services to The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory from 2004 to 2016. Previously, Mr. Swanson co-founded Sycamore Networks, and served as its general manager and chief scientist. Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Peter Y. Chung
Director; Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; Member of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2013, Mr. Chung is a managing director and the chief executive officer of Summit Partners. Mr. Chung is currently a director of A10 Networks and MACOM Technology Solutions. Previously, Mr. Chung served as a director of various other entities, including Ubiquiti Networks. Mr. Chung holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Stan J. Reiss
Director; Chairman of the Compensation Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2009, Mr. Reiss is a general partner of Matrix Partners. Prior to that, Mr. Reiss was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Reiss holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

John Ritchie
Director; Chairman of the Audit Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2015, Mr. Ritchie is the senior vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating of Aerohive Networks. Prior to that, Mr. Ritchie held several executive positions, in each case most recently the position of chief financial officer, Telerik, Ubiquiti Networks, Electronics For Imaging and Splash Technology Holdings. Mr. Ritchie holds a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University.

David J. Aldrich
Director; Member of the Audit Committee

In addition to serving on Acacia Communications' Board of Directors since 2017, Mr. Aldrich is the chairman of the board of Skyworks Solutions, where he previously served as its chief executive officer since its formation in 2002 in connection with a merger between Alpha Industries and Conexant Systems. Prior to Skyworks Solutions’ formation, Mr. Aldrich served in various senior management and executive positions at Alpha Industries, most recently as its chief executive officer. Prior to this, Mr. Aldrich held senior management positions at Adams-Russell and MACOM. Mr. Aldrich holds a B.A. in political science from Providence College and an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.

Murugesan “Raj” Shanmugaraj
Director

Raj is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Communications. Raj brings to Acacia more than 25 years experience in telecom and communications. Prior to joining Acacia, Raj was the vice president of business development in the optical networking division of Alcatel-Lucent USA. He also founded and served as the chief executive officer of Astral Point Communications, and held various senior executive level positions at PictureTel, Multilink and Motorola. Mr. Shanmugaraj holds an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.E. in electronics and communications from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy in India.

Benny P. Mikkelsen
Director

Benny is one of the founders of Acacia Communications and also serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Benny brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in optical transmission and technologies. Prior to joining Acacia, Benny co-founded and served as the vice president of technology of Mintera. Prior to that, he held various engineering positions with Bell Laboratories, a research and scientific development company owned by Alcatel-Lucent USA. Benny has published more than 200 papers and conference contributions in letters, journals and conferences. Benny holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.