Toronto, ON, and Storrs, CT, November 17, 2014 – POET Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: PTK and OTCQX: POETF) (the “Company”) – developer of the planar opto-electronic technology (“POET”) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor chip – today announced the appointment of Mr. Ajit Manocha as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”), his appointment to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee with the mandate to identify a permanent Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) for the Company, and the resignation of Dr. Samuel Peralta from the Board.
Mr. Ajit Manocha appointed as Co-Chairman of the Board
The Board has appointed Mr. Manocha as Co-Chairman. Mr. Manocha joined the Board in July 2014 as Vice-Chairman and was previously CEO of GlobalFoundries, the second-largest semiconductor foundry in the world. Mr. Peter Copetti, Co-Chairman and Interim CEO noted: “Since he joined the Company, Ajit has brought with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the semiconductor and foundry industry. Ajit has been working actively with the Company to raise the market awareness of our novel semiconductor process technology targeting Tier 1 customers and potential partners.” Mr. Manocha added: “I am excited about the POET Technology and its unique and innovative offering to the semiconductor process industry going forward. Working out of the San Jose office positions me well to play a bigger role within the POET executive team on the current lab to fab to monetization path.”
The duties of the office of the Chairman will be divided between the Co-Chairmen to take advantage of their respective strengths. Mr. Copetti will continue to be responsible for the overall management and leadership of the Board as well as financial aspects of the Company, including operational and funding requirements. Mr. Manocha will be focused on setting and developing the Company’s policy, direction and strategy, including the investigation of possible venture, partnership or other relationships with industry.
Search for permanent CEO
Mr. Manocha has been appointed to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, subject to Board approval, with the mandate to identify and consider candidates for the permanent Chief Executive Officer role. Since Mr. Copetti was named Chairman and interim CEO in February of 2014, the Company has reached financial stability with good cash in hand and has a well-established monetization path with a clear technical roadmap set for 2015. The Company’s restructuring phase is over. The Board has set a target of early 2015 to appoint the new CEO for the Company and a few other senior executives during the latter part of the year 2015. Mr. Copetti noted: “This is an important step forward for the Company as we get ready to demonstrate our technology at smaller geometries like 100 and 40-nm. I am happy with our current financial and technical position and I feel this is a good time to further strengthen the management team with a permanent CEO.”
Samuel Peralta Retires from the Board
Dr. Samuel Peralta has resigned from the Board due to other commitments.
The Company has become one of the leading contenders in the semiconductor industry’s race to establish a new manufacturing paradigm to further Moore’s Law. Dr. Peralta stated: “It’s been an honor to serve with this Board, and I’m proud of being a part of the team that progressed POET operationally, financially, and technically to the point it is now. I have no doubt that, following the strategy we’ve put in place, POET will see continued success at the forefront of the next revolution in the semiconductor industry.”
The Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee has recommended that current director, Chris Tsiofas, replace Mr. Peralta as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and that current director, Sheldon Inwentash, replace Mr. Peralta on the Audit Committee.
About POET Technologies Inc.
The Company is the developer of the POET platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer. With head office in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and operations in Storrs, CT, the Company, through ODIS Inc., a U.S. company, designs III-V semiconductor devices for military, industrial and commercial applications, including infrared sensor arrays and ultra-low-power random access memory. The Company has several issued and pending patents for the POET process, with potential high speed and power-efficient applications in devices such as servers, tablet computers and smartphones. The Company’s common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “PTK” and on the OTCQX under the symbol “POETF”. For more information please visit our websites at www.poet-technologies.com.