Jerry S. Rawls

Co-Founder at Finisar Corp.

Jerry S. Rawls

Jerry S. Rawls

Co-Founder at Finisar Corp.

Biography

Founder of Finisar Corp., Jerry S. Rawls is on the board of Finisar Corp. (former Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer) and Member of Pi Tau Sigma and Member of The Tau Beta Pi Association. Mr. Rawls previously was General Manager-Aerospace Products Division at Raychem Corp. Mr. Rawls received an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and a graduate degree from Krannert School of Management.

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Finisar Corp.

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696

Number of Boards

2

Birthday

1946

Age

72

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Professional at Finisar Corp.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Adaptec, Inc.

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Senior Advisor at TA Associates Management, L.P.

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Founder at Small World Group LLC

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Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Summit Partners LP

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Former Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Coherent, Inc.

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Lead Director at MaxLinear, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Finisar Corp.

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General Manager, Optics Division at Finisar Corp.

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Adjunct Professor, Building Businesses in Silicon Valley at INSEAD

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Co-Founder at Finisar Corp.
Education
BS in Mechanical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Texas Tech University, often referred to as Texas Tech, or TTU, is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas, United States. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System and has the seventh-largest student body in the state of Texas. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. The university offers degrees in more than 150 courses of study through 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes. Texas Tech University has awarded over 200,000 degrees since 1927, including over 40,000 graduate and professional degrees.

MS in Industrial Administration

The Krannert School of Management is the school of management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. The business school offers instruction at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels.The School of Industrial Management at Purdue University was created in 1958 from the merger of the Department of Economics (established in the School of Science, Education, and Humanities in 1953) and the Department of Industrial Management and Transportation (part of the Schools of Engineering since 1956). The Krannert Graduate School of Industrial Administration was founded in 1962 with a $2.7 million endowment from Herman & Ellnora Krannert. The AACSB accredited the new school in 1967.

Career History
Co-Founder
1988 - Current

Finisar Corporation is a global technology leader in optical communications components and subsystems. These products enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. Over the past two decades, Finisar has provided critical breakthroughs in optics technologies and has supplied system manufacturers with the production volumes needed to meet the exploding demand for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar's industry-leading optical products include transceivers/transponders, active cables, WSS ROADMs, optical instruments, and active and passive components. In 2008, Finisar merged with Optium Corporation, creating the world's largest supplier of optical communication components and subsystems. The company now delivers the industry's broadest product portfolio backed by world-class quality and reliability. Finisar's vertically integrated business model is ideally suited for delivering massive production volumes while providing ready access to most of the critical technologies needed to develop the next generation of products. With over 9,400 employees, Finisar has sales, channel, and support offices worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California (USA), with product development and manufacturing facilities located in California, Pennsylvania and Texas (USA), Australia, China, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Sweden.

General Manager, Interconnection Systems Division
1968 - 1989

The original name of the company was RayTherm Wire and Cable and later formed a subsidiary named RayClad Tubes. The company changed names to avoid confusion with Raytheon. The company was a spin-off from SRI International, and their founding technology was radiation cross-linked wire and cable targeted at military and aerospace applications. This was the first known use of radiation chemistry for commercial products. The company soon invented heat-shrinkable tubing also targeted at electronic applications.

Boards & Committees
Director
1989 - Current

Finisar Corporation is a global technology leader in optical communications components and subsystems. These products enable high-speed voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless, and cable TV applications. Over the past two decades, Finisar has provided critical breakthroughs in optics technologies and has supplied system manufacturers with the production volumes needed to meet the exploding demand for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar's industry-leading optical products include transceivers/transponders, active cables, WSS ROADMs, optical instruments, and active and passive components. In 2008, Finisar merged with Optium Corporation, creating the world's largest supplier of optical communication components and subsystems. The company now delivers the industry's broadest product portfolio backed by world-class quality and reliability. Finisar's vertically integrated business model is ideally suited for delivering massive production volumes while providing ready access to most of the critical technologies needed to develop the next generation of products. With over 9,400 employees, Finisar has sales, channel, and support offices worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California (USA), with product development and manufacturing facilities located in California, Pennsylvania and Texas (USA), Australia, China, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Sweden.

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$25M
2001

Texas Tech University, often referred to as Texas Tech, or TTU, is a public research university in Lubbock, Texas, United States. Established on February 10, 1923, and originally known as Texas Technological College, it is the leading institution of the Texas Tech University System and has the seventh-largest student body in the state of Texas. It is the only school in Texas to house an undergraduate institution, law school, and medical school at the same location. The university offers degrees in more than 150 courses of study through 13 colleges and hosts 60 research centers and institutes. Texas Tech University has awarded over 200,000 degrees since 1927, including over 40,000 graduate and professional degrees.

$10M
2000

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. The university was founded with the gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. In 1869, it was decided that the new school would be built near the city of Lafayette and established as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor. The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. Today, Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

Political Donations
$1,000
2010

Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group LLC

$5,000
2010

Co-Founder at Brady & Hamilton LLP

$1,000
2009

Founding Partner at Empowered Careers Corp.

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Finisar Corp. purchases Genoa, Inc.

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Events
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Las Vegas, NV, United States
2013 Deutsche Bank Technology Conference

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