Amir Elbaz - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Elbaz specializes in operations, strategic planning and corporate finance of early stage companies. Prior to founding iPhotonix Amir advised technology and renewable energy companies on business strategy, restructuring and business development initiatives. He served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Board Member of Lithium Technology Corporation between 2005 and 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Elbaz served as a senior associate of Arch Hill Capital NV, a Dutch venture firm. Before moving to the venture capital world, Mr. Elbaz served two years with Yorkville Advisors as VP Corporate Finance, making principal investments in public technology companies. Prior to joining Yorkville Advisors, Mr. Elbaz served for several years as an analyst with the Economic Department in the Procurement Mission of the Israeli Ministry of Defense in New York. Mr. Elbaz holds a B.A. from the University of Haifa, Israel, and an MBA in Finance & Investments from Bernard Baruch College, CUNY, New York.
Joel Z. Futterman, EE, MBA - Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Futterman has a long history in telecommunications product development. Before joining iPhotonix, he was Director of R&D for Siemens Communications. His 23 years of development experience includes Class 5 Central Office product lines, access technologies as well as fiber-to-the-home products. Mr. Futterman has expertise in the development of products for both US and worldwide carriers. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and an MBA from Rollins College, Orlando, Florida.
Chris Ryan - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ryan’s career spans over twenty years and encompasses a broad scope of financial expertise that includes building and implementing business and accounting systems, arranging financings, profit forecasting, budgeting, M&A activities and supervision of business lines in the telecom sector. Most recently, Mr. Ryan was an executive at Tellabs where he led the financial activities of the broadband products division. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Ryan was CFO of Chiaro Networks, Inc. a developer of infrastructure-class IP routing platforms. From 2000 to 2004, he served as CFO at Xtera Communications. For more than 12 years, Mr. Ryan held key positions in various divisions of Alcatel. Mr. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Francis Marion College, South Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Jeff Mulqueen – Deputy CEO and VP Sales & Business Development
Mr. Mulqueen has over 17 years experience primarily in Sales Management and Business Development capacities with telecommunication equipment manufacturers & suppliers. Jeff began his career on the Service Provider side with Teleport Communications Group considered the first competitive local exchange carrier which was acquired by AT&T and then onto IXC a nationwide transmission network which was later acquired by Cincinnati Bell in the late 90’s. He has had vast selling and business management experience for both hardware and software technologies furthering projects from proof of concept to commercial viability consistently, & has a proven track record in selling new technology to Service Providers in all Tier Levels. Jeff's business development experience includes sales and marketing strategies for both Access and Core technologies. Some which include - Vina Technologies (acquired by Larscom), Verilink (acquired by Verso), Iperia (acquired by GenBand), Netrake (acquired by AudioCodes), Aktino (Acquired by Positron), and most recently - NetSocket (www.netsocket.com). Mr. Mulqueen has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Emerson College, Boston Massachusetts.