Management

Tom Fallon
Chief Executive Officer and Director
Tom Fallon has served as our CEO since January 2010 and a member of our Board of Directors since July 2009.

Mr. Fallon also served as our President from January 2010 to June 2013, and as our Chief Operating Officer from October 2006 to December 2009. From April 2004 to September 2006, Mr. Fallon served as our Vice President of Engineering and Operations. From August 2003 to March 2004, Mr. Fallon was Vice President, Corporate Quality and Development Operations at Cisco. From March 1991 to August 2003, Mr. Fallon served in a variety of functions at Cisco, including General Manager of the Optical Transport Business Unit and Vice President of Service Provider Manufacturing. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Fallon also served in various manufacturing roles at Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.

Mr. Fallon currently serves on the boards of directors of Hercules Capital, Inc., a specialty finance company, and the Engineering Advisory Board of the Cockrell School at the University of Texas. Mr. Fallon holds B.S.M.E. and MBA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

David F. Welch, Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer
David F. Welch, Ph.D., is Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role, he drives deep business and technology innovation through forward-looking strategies, including breakthrough technologies and technology partnerships, in addition to innovative business and market directions. Dr. Welch is currently a member of Infinera’s Board of Directors, where he has served the company since 2010.

Dr. Welch’s past roles at Infinera include Chief Strategy and Technology Officer from 2017 to 2018, President from 2013 to 2017, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from 2004 to 2013 and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from 2001 to 2004. Prior to co-founding Infinera, he served as CTO, Transmission Division at JDS Uniphase, and in various executive roles, including CTO and Vice President of Corporate Development, at Spectra Diode Labs (SDL).

Dr. Welch currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rezolute, a biopharmaceutical company. He holds over 130 patents, and has been awarded the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) Adolph Lomb Medal, Joseph Fraunhofer Award and John Tyndall Award, as well as the Institute of Engineering Technology’s J J Thompson Medal for Electronics. He is a Fellow of OSA and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Welch holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.

Brad Feller
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Feller is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Infinera, a role he has held since 2014. He oversees accounting, accounts payable and receivable, business management, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, tax and treasury. Mr. Feller’s responsibilities include financial reporting and compliance, contracts, financing and cash management, among others.

Prior to joining Infinera, Mr. Feller held leadership roles at Marvell Technology Group, serving as Interim CFO from 2012 to 2013 and Vice President, Corporate Controller from 2008 to 2012. Prior to Marvell, he served as Corporate Controller and Financial Reporting Manager at Integrated Device Technology, and in the technology practice at Ernst & Young LLP, serving large multinational clients including Intel, Juniper Networks and Oracle.

Mr. Feller is a certified public accountant (inactive) in California and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

David Heard
Chief Operating Officer
As Infinera’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since October 2018, David Heard is responsible for leading the innovation of new solutions and the overall operation excellence of the company, overseeing functions including corporate development, facilities, human resources, information technology, marketing, operations, product lifecycle management, quality, research and development and services. Since joining Infinera in June 2017, he has led product realization, driving product delivery within time, scope, cost and quality parameters. Mr. Heard is also responsible for defining corporate strategy, planning and objectives, systems and processes.

Mr. Heard brings a proven track record of technology industry leadership, with more than 25 years of success in the industry. Most recently, Mr. Heard served as President of Network and Service Enablement at JDS Uniphase from 2010 to 2015, where he led transformation and increased shareholder value by over 50 percent, and as COO at BigBand Networks (now Arris) from 2007 to 2010, where he took the company public and improved its overall operational fitness and customer engagement. Earlier roles included President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Somera (now Jabil), where he turned the company profitable, took it public, and increased the value of its intellectual property and President and General Manager, Switching Division, at Tekelec (now Oracle), where he grew revenues, expanded the product portfolio and successfully transitioned in Santera Systems, where he had been President and CEO, following its acquisition.

Mr. Heard holds a B.A. in Production and Operations Management from Ohio State University, an MBA from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Association.

Bob Jandro
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Bob Jandro is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera, a role he has held since 2013. He oversees global sales, business development, sales engineering and operations and strategic partnerships. Mr. Jandro’s responsibilities include revenue growth, new customer and strategic partner acquisition and go-to-market strategy.

In his most recent roles prior to joining Infinera, Mr. Jandro was Vice President of Business Development at Openwater Software, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer and President at Nsite Software, Inc. (now part of Business Objects). Earlier, Mr. Jandro served as the Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Services for ONI Systems, joining pre-revenue, growing the company to over $200 million of revenue in its second year and helping to lead a successful initial public offering. Previously, Mr. Jandro served in multiple roles at Oracle, most recently as Group Vice President, Communications and Utilities Industries.

Mr. Jandro earned a B.S. in Business from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and a Masters of Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

James Laufman
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
James Laufman joined Infinera as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in October 2014.

Most recently, Mr. Laufman served as Vice President and General Counsel of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, which he joined in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Laufman served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Integrated Device Technology, Inc., a semiconductor company, from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Counsel of Rohm Corporation from 1994 to 1998. Mr. Laufman worked as an Associate Attorney at the Berliner Cohen and Popelka Allard law firms specializing in the litigation and resolution of commercial transaction matters.

Mr. Laufman holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration, Finance (cum laude) from California State University, Chico and a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Parthiban Kandappan
Chief Technical Officer
Parthiban Kandappan is Chief Technical Officer at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role, he oversees systems design and is responsible for technology vision and industry leadership in systems architecture.

Mr. Kandappan has nearly 30 years of computing and communications technology and management experience. Prior to assuming his current role, he served as Infinera’s Senior Vice President and Head of Architecture from 2013 to 2018. Mr. Kandappan was General Manager, Transport Business Unit at Applied Micro from 2011 to 2013, and before that, he held a variety of technology and leadership roles at Infinera over the course of nearly a decade, including Vice President, Advanced Systems Design and Vice President, Systems Engineering. Earlier, he held leadership roles including Vice President, Hardware Engineering at Zaffire Inc. (now Centerpoint); Switch Architect and founding member at Berkeley Networks (now Fore Systems) and various senior engineering roles at 3Com and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Mr. Kandappan holds a B.E. with Honors from University of Madras, India, and an M.S.E.E. from Virginia Tech, where he also completed part of the Ph.D. program. He has eleven issued patents, with others filed.

Greg Greco
Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development
Greg Greco is Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Research and Development (R&D) at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role he oversees roadmap execution, new product introduction, project management, testing and delivery across functions including hardware, software and application-specific integrated circuits.

Prior to joining Infinera, Mr. Greco was a Founding Partner at TAP Growth Group, an experience-based consultancy company helping businesses drive strategic growth, where he engaged with mid-sized companies to address transformational challenges driven by network function virtualization and software-defined networking. His past senior leadership roles include Chief Technology Officer and SVP, Global R&D at JDSU Network and Service Enablement; SVP, Global R&D at BigBand Networks; Vice President (VP), Engineering at Tekelec and Santera Systems (now Tekelec) and VP, General Manager and Head of R&D at Lucent Technologies.

Mr. Greco holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York.

Minoo Mortazavi
Senior Vice President, Global Operations
Minoo Mortazavi is Infinera’s Senior Vice President of Global Operations, a role she has held since October 2018. She oversees sourcing, planning, procurement, outsourced partners management, manufacturing, logistics, indirect materials and supply chain design. Her responsibilities include cost reduction; on-time, on-quality delivery; building an optimized supply chain that supports scaling efficiency and creating ever greater flexibility through the value chain.

Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Mortazavi served as Infinera’s Senior Vice President of Global Systems Manufacturing and Supply Chain from 2010 to 2018 and Vice President of Strategic Materials from 2007 to 2010. Before joining Infinera, she was Vice President of Global Materials at JDS Uniphase, and worked at Solectron.

She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach and a Certificate in Contract Management from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Reza Ghaffari
Senior Vice President, Business Process
Reza Ghaffari is the Senior Vice President of Business Process at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role he oversees the company’s business process, information technology, mega-service deals, quality, environmental health and safety, facilities and site services functions. From 2016 to 2018, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Coriant, where he led global services and support, helping to reshape the organization with a proactive real-time approach that effectively and efficiently provided a higher level of service to customers. Mr. Ghaffari also led operational excellence, which enhanced synergies of operations, elevated operational optimization and reduced costs across all business units.

Mr. Ghaffari has a long track record of success and global exposure as a serial entrepreneur building companies from the ground up, with over 25 years of telecom-related experience ranging from enterprise network solutions, regional distribution and cloud communication services. Between 2000 and 2005, Mr. Ghaffari worked at Verizon, where he was responsible for innovation, product development and strategic partnership programs. During his tenure at Verizon, a number of products were designed, developed and launched under his leadership.

Mr. Ghaffari holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Sonja Wilkerson
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Sonja Wilkerson joined Infinera as Senior Vice President, Head of Human Resources (HR), in November 2016. Ms. Wilkerson brings over 25 years of HR leadership experience to Infinera, including the successful development of talent strategies that drive organizational effectiveness through the integration of people, technologies, processes and cultures.

Most recently, Ms. Wilkerson served as Vice President of Human Resources with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for over two years, where she was responsible for providing strategic HR support to the Global Finance and Legal organizations. She joined Hewlett Packard Enterprise from Cisco, where she worked as a Director of Human Resources for over 10 years, supporting various functions ranging from Marketing to Cisco’s core engineering global product groups, including Service Provider, Server, Storage, Switching, Routing, Software, Hardware and CTO. Prior to Cisco, Ms. Wilkerson held various HR positions for a number of Silicon Valley technology companies.

She holds a B.S. in Organizational Behavior, an MBA from the University of San Francisco and an M.S. in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.

Pat DiPietro
Senior Vice President, Integration Management Office
Pat DiPietro is the Senior Vice President of the Integration Management Office at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board at Coriant, having created Coriant out of the founding companies of NSN Optical, Tellabs and Sycamore in 2013. He brings over 35 years of industry experience and expertise to his role.

From 2012 to 2018, Mr. DiPietro served as an Operating Partner at Marlin Equity Partners working on transactions in the technology space. In addition to launching several highly successful networking products and start-up ventures, he has held executive management and research and development roles in leading telecommunications and technology companies, including senior leadership roles at Nortel and Bell Northern Research. Mr. DiPietro previously served as Managing Partner at Canada’s VG Partners, overseeing the company’s Technology Fund. As a venture capitalist, he managed a portfolio of more than 20 start-up companies and sat on numerous boards, including those of Sandvine, SiGe Semiconductor, Continuous Computing, BTI Systems, Neterion and BelAir Networks.

Mr. DiPietro earned a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University, and has completed master’s courses in Telecommunications Management from Carleton University.

Fred Kish, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Optical Integrated Circuit Group
Fred Kish serves as our Senior Vice President responsible for our Optical Integrated Component Group (inclusive of both PIC chips and Modules).

Prior to this role, he served as our Vice President, PIC Development and Manufacturing since May 2001. From November 1999 to May 2001, Dr. Kish served as R&D and Manufacturing Development Functional Manager for the Fiber Optics Communications Division of Agilent Technologies, Inc., a measurement and technology company for communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis.

Dr. Kish holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alex Derecho
Senior Vice President, Global Services
Alex Derecho is Senior Vice President (SVP) of Global Services at Infinera, a role he has held since October 2018. In this role he oversees services business development, the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) and professional services. He joined Infinera as SVP of Global Customer Service in January 2018.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. Derecho was SVP, Global Service and Support at Harmonic, where he oversaw an array of service and support programs, including system design, service deployments, technical support and professional services. Earlier senior leadership roles included SVP of Customer Services at BigBand Networks, Vice President of Operations at Network Physics, Vice President of Global Services and Support at Harmonic and Senior Director of Worldwide Sales and Services at DiviCom before the company was acquired by Harmonic.

Mr. Derecho hold a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.

Glenn Laxdal
Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales
Glenn Laxdal is Senior Vice President of Disaggregated, Edge and Access Solutions at Infinera. In this role, he leads global product strategy and product management and development for Infinera’s data center interconnect, metro edge and access product portfolio. Mr. Laxdal joined Infinera as Senior Vice President of Product Management in January 2018.

Mr. Laxdal came to Infinera from Ericsson, where he was Head of Network Products for Ericsson North America, responsible for driving product management, strategy, sales and delivery for the multi-billion dollar network products business. Prior to that, Glenn was the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Strategy for Ericsson North America, where he drove Ericsson’s technology direction and company strategy in 5G and cloud.

Before joining Ericsson, Glenn held leadership positions at Research In Motion (Blackberry), where he was Vice President of Global Product Management, and prior to that, Nortel, where he spent 15 years in a variety of executive roles in both carrier and enterprise networks.

Glenn holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and business from the University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Uwe Fischer
Senior Vice President, System Solutions Business Group
Uwe Fischer is Senior Vice President, System Solutions Business Group at Infinera, a position he has held since October 2018. In this role, he oversees strategy and planning and holds full business responsibility for Infinera’s carrier networks solution portfolio, including the 7300, 7100, mTera, DTN-X and subsea platforms.

Mr. Fischer brings 30 years of technical strategy and product management experience in optical networking to this role. From 2013 to 2018, he served as Executive Vice President of Products and Solutions at Coriant, a role in which he was responsible for the strategy and planning of the company’s comprehensive portfolio of SDN-enabled, end-to-end packet-optical transport products and solutions. Mr. Fischer also served as Chief Technology Officer, responsible for defining Coriant’s future network vision and technology strategy, as well as directing the company’s research and standardization activities.

Mr. Fischer’s earlier executive management positions included Head of Product Management for the Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) Optical Networks business, Head of NSN's Dense Wavelength-division Multiplexing (DWDM) Business Line and Head of Business Development, Transport Networks at Siemens AG.

Mr. Fischer holds a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. He holds a series of patents in optical transmission and optical networking, and is also a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA).