Jeffrey Rittichier is the CEO of EMCORE Corporation. Prior to taking this position, Mr. Rittichier was the President and CEO of NanoStatics Corporation, a leader in production nanofiber technology. Previously, he was the President of Epik Energy; a joint venture of Royal Dutch Shell and NanoDynamics which commercialized nanotechnology for the E&P industries. Mr. Rittichier was also the Vice President and General Manager of the Access Business Unit at Lucent Microelectronics and helped drive its $3.6B IPO as Agere systems. He has held various executive positions in General Management, Engineering, Manufacturing and Marketing in the Semiconductor Industry and was a driving force behind the growth and exits of Xponent Photonics (HOYA Corporation), and Polyscan (Etec Systems). Mr. Rittichier holds a BSME from The Ohio State University and is a Distinguished Alumnus of Ohio State’s College of Engineering. He has completed the Financial Management Program at Stanford University.
Mr. Steven Becker was appointed to the board of directors in December 2013. He has been a partner at Becker Drapkin Management since 2004. Mr. Becker currently serves on the Board of Tuesday Morning (TUES), a national close-out retailer, Pixelworks, Inc., (PXLW), a semiconductor company, and Special Diversified Opportunities (NASDAQ: SDOI). Mr. Becker previously served on the board of directors of Plato Learning, Inc., a provider of education services and training, Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT), the operator of a chain of casual dining restaurants, and Hot Topic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTT), a national retailer. Mr. Becker holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from the University of Florida.
Robert Bogomolny has served as a director of the Company since April 2002. Since August 2002, Mr. Bogomolny has served as President of the University of Baltimore. Prior to that, he served as Corporate Senior Vice President and General Counsel of G.D. Searle & Company, a pharmaceuticals manufacturer, from 1987 to 2001. At G.D. Searle, Mr. Bogomolny was responsible for all of its legal, regulatory, quality control and public affairs activities. He also led its government affairs department in Washington, D.C., and served on the Searle Executive Management Committee.
Mr. Stephen Domenik was appointed to the board of directors in December 2013. He has been a General Partner with Sevin Rosen Funds, a venture capital firm, since 1995. Mr. Domenik currently also sits on the Board of Directors of Pixelworks, Inc (NASDAQ: PXLW), a semiconductor company, MoSys, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOSY), an IP-rich fabless semiconductor company, and various private companies. Mr. Domenik previously served on the Board of Directors of NetLogic Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETL) from January 2001 until it was acquired by Broadcom Corporation in February 2012. During his tenure at Sevin Rosen Funds, Mr. Domenik led numerous investments in private companies. He holds a B.S. in Physics and M.S.E.E. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Gerald Fine was appointed to the board of directors in December 2013. He has been a Professor of Practice and Director at the Engineering Innovation Center of Boston University since 2012. Dr. Fine was President and CEO of Schott North America, a subsidiary of Schott AG from 2008 to 2011, and Executive Vice President, Photonic Technologies for Corning Incorporated from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Fine previously served on the Board of Directors of CyOptics, Inc. a semiconductor laser manufacturer for telecom applications, Crystal IS, Inc., a UV LED substrate manufacturer, Kotura, Inc., a provider of silicon components for datacom and telecom, and Pixtronix, Inc. a provider of low-cost displays for portable devices. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.
Sherman McCorkle is a native New Mexican and has been deeply involved in the New Mexico business community for most of his career. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), an Albuquerque-based organization that assists start up companies in developing and commercializing technologies from research universities and the national laboratories. Prior to joining TVC as President & CEO in 1993, Mr. McCorkle served as CEO & President of Sunwest Credit Services Corporation Commencing in 1988. In 1977, he co-founded and was Charter Director of Plus Systems Incorporated, the original platform that enabled national and international electronic banking and ATM systems. In addition, Mr. McCorkle is a co-founder and Charter Director of New Mexico Bank and Trust and First Community Bank.
Reuben F. Richards Jr. has been a director since May 1995 and Chairman of the Board of Directors since March 2008. Mr. Richards joined EMCORE in October 1995 and has served in various executive capacities, including as its Executive Chairman from March 2008 until he stepped down on September 30, 2012. Mr. Richards previously served as Chief Executive Officer from December 1996 until March 2008. From October 1995 to December 2006, Mr. Richards served as EMCORE's President. Mr. Richards also served as the interim Chief Financial Officer from August to October 2010. From September 1994 to December 1996, Mr. Richards was a Senior Managing Director of Jesup & Lamont Capital Markets, Inc. (an affiliate of a registered broker-dealer). From December 1994 to December 1996, he was a member and President of Jesup & Lamont Merchant Partners, L.L.C. From 1992 through 1994, Mr. Richards was a principal with Hauser, Richards & Co., a firm engaged in corporate restructuring and management turnarounds. From 1986 until 1992, Mr. Richards was a director at Prudential-Bache Capital Funding in its Investment Banking Division. Mr. Richards also served on the Board of Directors of the Company’s former joint venture, GELcore LLC, from 1998 to 2006. Mr. Richards served as a director of WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corporation from November 2006 to January 2009.
Charles Scott has served as a director of EMCORE since February 1998. In March 2003, Mr. Scott retired as Chairman of Cordiant Communications Group plc, the successor corporation of the Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Group. He joined Saatchi & Saatchi Company in 1990 and served as Chief Financial Officer until 1992 when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer. In 1993, be became Chief Executive Officer and held that position until 1995 when he assumed the title of Chairman.
Dr. James A. Tegnelia currently lectures at the University of New Mexico and Georgetown University and is a member of the Defense Science Board. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Tegnelia was the Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Prior to DTRA, Dr. Tegnelia was the vice president, Department of Defense Programs, Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Tegnelia has also served as the assistant undersecretary of defense and acting deputy undersecretary of defense in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and as the deputy director and later acting director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Tegnelia has also held various executive leadership positions in the defense industry, including at the Martin Marietta Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Dr. Tegnelia earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Georgetown University, a master's degree in engineering from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in physics from The Catholic University of America.