Timothy F. Murray, CEO and Chairman

Timothy F. Murray

Timothy Murray is CEO and Chairman of OFS. Mr. Murray began his career at OFS and its predecessor, Lucent Technologies, in 2000.


Before being appointed CEO, he was President of Operations and Engineering for North American operations for the telecommunications business of OFS and headed the Specialty Photonics business.


Mr. Murray had a range of general management, marketing, sales, business development and R&D management positions at ATMI; AMP; ICI PLC; and E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Inc. He has managed the development, launch and growth of a number of businesses in the electronic materials, advanced electronic manufacturing services and medical equipment markets.


Mr. Murray has a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph. D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Princeton University.


Patrice Dubois, President, Chief Operating Officer

Patrice Dubois

Patrice Dubois is President and COO of OFS. In this capacity he is responsible for all Operations of the company across all business units of OFS.


Mr. Dubois joined OFS in 2001 as Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technical Manager promoting Lean Manufacturing Techniques across the Fiber and Cable operations in Norcross, Georgia. He has subsequently held the position of General Manager for OFS’ multimode fiber manufacturing facility in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, followed by Vice President Fiber North America, Vice President of Telecom Operations and Engineering North America, Senior Vice President Telecom and, most recently, as Executive Vice President and COO.


Mr. Dubois began his career in 1986 with the Saint Gobain Corporation following a tour as a mathematics college professor in Damascus, Syria. He has managed various research, manufacturing and resource organizations over his 15-year tenure in the building materials industry, both in Europe and in the USA, including the De Dietrich Corporation and Saint Gobain’s Abrasives Division, Fiber Reinforcement Division and Central R&D Laboratory.


Mr. Dubois, a native of France, holds an Engineering Diploma in Applied Mathematics from l’Ecole Centrale de Paris, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and an executive management degree from Harvard Business School.


Patrice, his wife and their five children currently live in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Ashish Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Ashish Gandhi

Ashish Gandhi is Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer for OFS, responsible for the company’s financial, IT and strategic planning efforts.


Mr. Gandhi, who was appointed to the position effective August 1, 2009, previously served as the company’s Corporate Controller & Treasurer, responsible for coordinating, planning and reporting on the company’s financial activities and has held other top financial and operations positions at OFS.


Prior to this position, Mr. Gandhi worked in the Treasury Department for Lucent Technologies in the Customer Finance and Credit areas covering both North America and Latin America and held a range of senior financial positions in Dubai and India with KPMG and Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising.


Mr. Gandhi has an accounting degree from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an MBA from The University of Virginia.

David J. DiGiovanni, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

David J. DiGiovanni

David J. DiGiovanni is CTO of OFS Fitel, LLC, and president of OFS Laboratories, LLC, the central research organization of OFS.


Dr. DiGiovanni began his career in the Optical Fiber Research Department of Bell Laboratories and has weathered the transition from AT&T to Lucent to OFS working to advance the science and application of optical fiber technology in various research and management capacities. He has worked on various phenomena related to optical fiber design, fabrication and applications, and has made notable contributions to erbium-doped optical fiber for amplifiers, Raman amplification, high power amplifiers and lasers, and several optical components. He has enabled the transfer of many of these technologies from the research lab to new products.


Dr. DiGiovanni holds several degrees from Brown University, including a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of IEEE and an OSA Fellow.

Gudmund Knudsen, Senior Vice President, New Business Development

 Gudmund Knudsen, Senior Vice President, New Business Development

Gudmund Knudsen is Senior Vice President, responsible for New Business Development and IP.


Mr. Knudsen has been at OFS Denmark, including its preceding owners (NKT, NKT/AT&T (LYCOM), and Lucent Technologies), since he graduated in 1983. He started his career in NKT as Project Engineer and later as Project Manager and continued as Research and Development Manager for LYCOM from 1987 – 1989, where he was responsible for product development. He then became Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, and in 2000 he became Managing Director, first in Lucent Technologies Denmark and then in OFS Fitel Denmark. From 2008 until May 2014 he served as head of Specialty Photonics Division in OFS.


Mr. Knudsen graduated with a M.Sc.E.E. from the Technical University of Denmark in 1980 and finished his Ph.D. thesis in 1983. Since 2002 he has been member of the Board of Representatives of the Confederation of Danish Industries. He is married with two children and lives in Copenhagen.


Robert Lake, Senior Vice President–Law and Secretary of OFS

Robert Lake, Senior Vice President–Law and Secretary of OFS

Mr. Robert Lake is Senior Vice President–Law and Secretary of OFS. He is in charge of all legal matters for the company other than intellectual property.


Directly after law school Mr. Lake joined AT&T headquarters where he worked on federal regulatory and commercial law matters in New York City and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In 1993 he joined AT&T Network Cable Systems, OFS’ predecessor organization, in Norcross, Georgia, working on a wide range of domestic and international legal matters. Mr. Lake remained with OFS after the Lucent Technologies spin-off from AT&T in 1996 and the purchase of OFS by Furukawa Electric Company in 2001. Mr. Lake assumed primary responsibility for OFS legal matters in 2007.


Mr. Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law. He also completed executive education programs at the Brookings Institution and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is married and has two children.


Stephanie Y. Street, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Stephanie Y. Street, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Stephanie Y. Street has served as the Senior Vice President, Human Resources since September 15, 2008.


Ms. Street began her career as an officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. She held various leadership positions, to include commanding a tactical signal company in Europe. Her civilian career began with supervisory roles in manufacturing. She assumed progressive levels of leadership responsibility and management through assignments in Mobil, Bausch & Lomb, and Eastman Kodak Company.


Ms. Street has certifications in facilitation, and training to include the administration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).


Ms. Street holds a B.A. Degree in Speech Communication from Morgan State University and an M.S. Degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.


Pierre Marty, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales

Pierre Marty, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales

Pierre Marty is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for OFS responsible for overall marketing, sales and product management globally and across all industries served by the company.


Mr. Marty joined OFS in January 2014. Prior to joining OFS, Mr. Marty was Head of Services Sales for Nokia Siemens Networks for a Global Account in Europe and subsequently for North America. Earlier on, Mr. Marty began his marketing and sales career in Nortel in Paris, France and in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Mr. Marty has a Master of Science from Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (SUPELEC) in France and a Master of Science from Ecole Polytechnique France and has participated in a leadership program at the Centre for Management Development in the London Business School.


Pierre is based out of OFS headquarters in the Atlanta metropolitan area.


Akio Nakajima, Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Global Fiber Cable Business

Akio Nakajima, Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Global Fiber Cable Business

Akio Nakajima is Vice President of OFS responsible for the strategy and planning of all fiber and cable operations serving the multiple industries supplied by the company.


Most recently serving OFS’ parent company Furukawa Electric Company (FEC) as General Manager, Global Business Planning, Mr. Nakajima effectively coordinated cross business unit development opportunities including joint ventures established for the company in India and China.


Mr. Nakajima joined FEC in 1995 holding various managerial positions in manufacturing as well as research and development for optical fiber plants within the company.

Mr. Nakajima’s educational background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Material Science and Engineering from Waseda University.


Mr. Nakajima is based out of the OFS headquarters in Norcross, Georgia.


Eric Barish, Senior Vice President, Fiber Manufacturing and Cost Reduction

 Eric Barish, Senior Vice President, Fiber Manufacturing and Cost Reduction

Eric Barish is Senior Vice President, Fiber Manufacturing and Cost Reduction for OFS responsible for all global fiber manufacturing operations for the company.


Most recently serving OFS as Vice President of Global Single-Mode Fiber Operations, Dr. Barish set the direction of the company’s fiber operations spanning three continents. Dr Barish is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the vapor-phase axial deposition (VAD) process of mass single-mode fiber glass production. Prior to holding this role, he was General Manager of OFS’ flagship fiber production in Norcross, Georgia, and Director of Engineering for optical fiber.


Dr. Barish joined OFS in 2002. Prior to joining OFS, he held various leadership roles in operations and engineering for Litespec (a Lucent Technologies and Sumitomo Electric joint venture) with expertise in developing the VAD core process, synthetic overclad and pure silica core fiber.


Dr. Barish was a Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Micro Electronic Research Center with a focus on “Reactive Ion Beam Etching Mechanism, Surface Chemistry of Silica and Gallium Arsenide semiconductor materials” (1983-1985) and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia (1983). He has supported the communities that he has lived in for the past 25 years in various leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America.


Dr. Barish is based out of the OFS headquarters in Norcross, Georgia.


Jane Cercena, Senior Vice President, Specialty Fiber

Jane Cercena, Senior Vice President, Specialty Fiber

Jane Cercena is Senior Vice President, Specialty Fiber for OFS responsible for global operations of all specialty fiber manufacturing serving the multiple industries supplied by the company.


Most recently serving OFS as Vice President and General Manager of the OFS Avon and Somerset Specialty Fiber operations, Dr. Cercena effectively brought two operations together and streamlined production to support the accelerated development and roll out of key new products, including fiber lasers and shape sensors.


Dr. Cercena joined OFS in 2010 after holding various directorial positions in Global Strategy and Research & Development within the Rogers Corporation and Saint Gobain.


Dr. Cercena’s educational background includes Post Doctoral research at the University of Massachusetts where she performed research on high performance materials; a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut; and a B.S. in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry from the University of Connecticut where she graduated magna cum laude.


Dr. Cercena is based out of the OFS specialty fiber operation in Avon, Connecticut.


William Cote, Senior Vice President, Cable Manufacturing

William “Willy” Cote is Senior Vice President, Cabling for OFS. In this capacity he is responsible for all aspects of cable manufacturing operations.


Most recently serving OFS as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Mr. Cote is recognized for implementing lean manufacturing principles to all OFS manufacturing facilities. He previously served as General Manager for OFS’ Avon and Somerset facilities focusing on Specialty Fiber operations for the company.


Mr. Cote joined OFS in 2006 from Timken Company (previously Ingersoll Rand -Torrington Co.) where he held a variety of manufacturing operations positions in Steering and Bearing, Marketing, Operations and Engineering over his 30 years with the company, including experience providing business planning, financial and operational leadership for multinational operations.


Mr. Cote holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Limestone College, a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Connecticut, and Executive Development for Global Excellence from The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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