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Meir Bartur, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Dr. Bartur has over 30 years of experience in leadership, product development, and technology innovation. As a Senior Member of the IEEE and recognized leader in the development of low cost fiber optic solutions for FTTx, he contributed both to the IEEE 802.3ah and the ITU 983/984 PON standards. Before founding Optical Zonu, he directed Advanced Product Development and Strategic Technology for access transceivers at MRV Communications’ (MRVC) Optical Division, as well as business relations with its major clients. Prior to that, he held leadership posts as VP of Engineering & Technology at SSDI (Solid State Devices Inc), VP of Engineering at MEC (Molecular Electronics Corp), and systems engineering Captain in the Israeli Air Force.

Dr. Bartur holds a BSEE (Summa Cum Laude) from the Israel Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He also holds 16 patents and has published numerous scientific papers on subjects ranging from fiber optic to material science innovations.

 

Farzad Ghadooshahy

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Ghadooshahy, Co-Founder of Optical Zonu, has over 31 years of experience in research and product development in Fiber Optic and RF/Microwave technologies. This includes nearly three years of working with Dr. Bartur at MRV Communications as VP of Engineering. He has played a key role in the development of innovative optical fiber transceiver modules and system level products for Optical Zonu, as well as in evolving its business to respond to the changes in the optical communications industry.

Prior to Optical Zonu and MRV, Mr. Ghadooshahy held positions as Director of Engineering in Meret Optical communications and Osicom Technologies. He has also held senior engineering and technology positions in various telecommunications companies and served as a technology consultant to others. Mr. Ghadooshahy received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Microwave Communications and Solid State Technologies and holds several patents in telecommunications and fiber optic technologies.

 

Michael Hartmann

VP of Sales & Marketing

Mr. Hartmann is a 35 Year Veteran of the Fiber Optics Industry, with stints at E2O Communications, Optical Communication Products, Hewlett-Packard, BT&D Technologies, PCO and Corning. A pioneer in the long wavelength and single mode fiber optic transceiver markets, he was an early advocate of standardization, playing a key role in the promotion of the original FDDI Standard for data network applications.

A Vietnam-era Veteran and former F4 Phantom “back-seater” (Navy and ANG), he received both his BSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He is co-inventor of two patents in the fields of inorganic materials (Corning) and fiber optics (E2O Communications), Six Sigma Green Belt Certified and former Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

 

Hanoch Eldar

VP of Operations

Mr. Eldar is a seasoned senior executive with a proven track record in Operations, R&D and implementation of systems that positively impact growth and profitability in public and privately held international companies. He is an innovative executive with more than two decades of high-tech industry experience.

Before joining Optical Zonu, Mr. Eldar served in various executive positions, including President of ACE North Hills Kansas, VP of global operations and VP/GM of the Chatsworth division for MRV Communications a public company with more than 300 employees and over $250M revenue. Prior to that, he was President of LuminentOIC (Source Photonics) USA, a global provider of optical communication devices. Mr. Eldar began his technology career in Research and Development, developing a variety of products from telecommunication chips to multimedia platforms.

 

Gary Grimes

Director of Sales, RF Solutions

Mr. Grimes has 20+ years of experience in business and technical product development. His technical expertise includes distributed antenna systems for cellular and wireless public safety, Wi-Fi, small cells, RF fiber optics, and satellite earth station IFLs. He was previously Business Consultant at Harbor Telecom Consulting, where he consulted specifically to clients in the wireless industry. Prior to Harbor Telecom, Gary served as Vice President of Business Development at Zinwave, Ltd. in Cambridge, U.K., Manager of U.S. Business Development at Dekolink (acquired by Axell), Managing Director at Remec Wireless and VP of Southern CA Operations at Repeater Technologies. He initially joined Repeater Technologies following the sale of Gwydion LLC, which he founded and served as the company’s President.

During his early career, Gary was Product Line Manager at Ortel; Application Engineer/Product Development Associate at Eaton Electronic Instrumentation Division; and, RF Design Engineer at Hughes Space & Communications. Gary graduated with a BS in Physics and Astronomy from University of Arizona and later earned a BSEE and MS in Physics from the University of Maryland.


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