About Our Company

Board of Directors

Dr. Thompson Lin   |  Chairman of the Board of Directors


Chih‑Hsiang (Thompson) Lin, Ph.D., founded Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. in February 1997 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. He currently serves as the Chairman of our Board, a position he has held since January 2014. He has served as a director on our Board since 1997, and he served as Chairman of our Board from May 2000 through September 2002, and again from June 2008 through October 2009. Dr. Lin has also served as a research associate professor and senior research scientist at the University of Houston. Dr. Lin holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and a MS degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Missouri‑Columbia. The Board believes that Dr. Lin is qualified to serve as a director based on his extensive background in business management, his role as founder, President and Chief Executive Officer and his years of service on our Board.

 



William H. Yeh  |  Chairman of the Compensation Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee


William H. Yeh has served as a director on our board of directors since May 2000. He is the current Chief Executive Officer and President of Hungyeh Investment, Ltd., a hospitality real estate investment and management company, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Yeh has also served as President of Golden Star Management, Inc., since 1997. He was a Senior Vice President of United Central Bank (now Hanmi Bank) overseeing the Houston region and Vice Chairman of Central Bancorp, Inc. from 1997 to 2012. He is currently an Advisor of Hanmi Bank for Texas Region. Mr. Yeh received a BS degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a MS degree from University of Houston—Clear Lake. The Board believes that Mr. Yeh is qualified to serve as a director based on his business and financial management and leadership experience and his years of service on our Board.

 



Richard B. Black  |  Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance Committee 


Richard B. Black has served as a director on our Board since August 2001. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ECRM, Incorporated, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment, a position he has held since 1983. Since October 2014 Mr. Black has served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of CRON‑ECRM LLC, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. Beginning in 1989, Mr. Black was a director of Oak Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of semi‑conductors for optical storage and laser printers, and then became President in 1998 and vice chairman of the board of directors in 1999 until its merger with Zoran, Inc. in 2003. Mr. Black has served as President and CEO of AM International from 1980 to 1982. He served as a Division President of Maremont Corporation, a manufacturer of auto parts and textile machinery, from 1967, then as Maremont’s President and CEO from 1974 to 1979. When Maremont was acquired by Alusuisse in 1979, he served as President and CEO of Alusuisse of America until 1981. He served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of GSI Group, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems, semi‑conductor equipment, from 1998 to 2012, and was its chairman of its board of directors from 2006 to 2012. He currently serves as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Alliance Fiber Optics Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFOP), a position he has held since 2002, and TREX Enterprises, Inc., a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Black has served as trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton since 1990, and became its vice chairman in 2006, and trustee emeritus since 2012. He has served as a trustee of the American Indian College Fund, Beloit College, Bard College, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. Mr. Black received a BS degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Harvard University and a honorary Ph.D. from Beloit College. The Board believes that Mr. Black is qualified to serve as a director based on his extensive business and financial management and leadership experience, and his service on other private company and publicly‑held boards of directors.

 



Alan Moore  |  Member of the Audit Committee


Alan Moore has served as a director on our Board since March 2013. Since 1995, he has served as the President of Red Oak Capital, a private equity company. Since 2007, Mr. Moore has served as a Manager of Silver Tree Fund II Management, LLC, a real estate investment fund. Since 1999, he has served as the Treasurer of Silver Tree Partners, Inc., a real estate development company. From May 2004 until December 2011, Mr. Moore served as a Manager of Silver Tree Fund Management, LLC, also a real estate investment fund, and from March 1998 to October 1999, Mr. Moore served as the Chief Financial Officer of Window on Wall Street (sold to Trade Station Group, Inc. in 1999). Previously, Mr. Moore was a co‑founder of Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL). Mr. Moore received a MS degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Business Control Systems from the University of North Texas. The Board believes that Mr. Moore is qualified to serve as a director based on his extensive background in business and financial management and his role as co‑founder of a publicly‑held company.

 



Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D.   |  Member of the Audit Committee


Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013, and previously served as a director on our board of directors from June 2008 to October 2009 and from May 2001 to August 2002. From 2005 until the present he has served as a director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Houston and has served since 2010 as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen professor of physics, chemistry and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. From March 2013 to September 2015, Dr. Ignatiev served as the Chief Science Officer of Smart Grid Intelligent Management, Inc., which develops operating systems and alternative energy source integration. Since February 2009, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer of Quarius Technologies, LP, a renewable energy company, since February 2006, he has served as a vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Nano EnerTex, Inc., a nanomaterials company, from January 2005 to September 2015, he has served as a Vice President of Virtual Vision LLP, which develops artificial retinas, and since May 2002, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Science Officer of Metal Oxide Technologies, LLC., which develops, manufactures and sells superconducting wire. Dr. Ignatiev was a director of the Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center at the University of Houston from 1987 until 2002 after which he became director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials until 2005. Dr. Ignatiev has also served as a task leader for the Texas Center for Superconductivity from 1987 to 2008., and has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and to the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ignatiev received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University. The Board believes that Dr. Ignatiev is qualified to serve as a director based on his business management experience, broad technology industry experience and his past service on our Board.

 



Min-Chu (Mike) Chen, Ph.D.  |  Chairman of the Governance Committee and Member of the Compensation Committee


Min‑Chu (Mike) Chen, Ph.D. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013. Since 2003, he has served as executive director of Seth Nanotechnology Inc., a nanotechnology patent portfolio company owning more than 10 patents in fullerene derivatives and related application technologies. Since October 2014, he has served as a director of Wuhan Kline Special Products and Manufacturing Co., Ltd., a silicon carbide whisker manufacturing plant. Since April 2014, he has served as board director of Harbin NeoTek Medical Devices Co., Ltd. Since January 2012, he has served as an executive director of FGel Nanotek, Inc., a food and beverage additive company based on fullerene nanotechnology. Since November 2011, he has served as the Asia Pacific Director for U.S. Flow Control Group Pte. Ltd., a petroleum equipment manufacturer and services company. Since 2001, he has been a partner and member of the board of directors of EverRich Capital Inc., a financial consulting company. From September 2008 to April 2010, Dr. Chen served as the Chief Executive Officer of SilverPAC, Inc., a consumer electronics business, and from March 1994 to June 2002, Dr. Chen served as a board member of PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI). Dr. Chen received a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University. The Board believes that Dr. Chen is qualified to serve as a director based on his business management experience, his service on other private company board of directors and his prior service on the board of a publicly‑held company.

 


Che-Wei Lin  |  Member of the Compensation Committee


Che‑Wei Lin has served as a director on our Board since January 2014, and previously served as a director on our Board from December 2006 to October 2009. Since November 2007, Mr. Lin has served as the President of ASMedia Technology Inc., a chipset manufacturer. Since November 2009, Mr. Lin has also served as the Corporate Vice President of the Motherboard Business Unit of the Open Platform Business Group of ASUSTek Computer Inc., a computer hardware and electronics company. Mr. Lin was employed at VIA Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits and motherboard chipsets, from 1993 to 2007 in various positions, including President of the Desktop Platform Business Unit, Vice President of the System Platform Division and Vice President of OEM and Chipset Product Marketing. Mr. Lin received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Fu Jen University in Taiwan and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. The Board believes that Mr. Lin is qualified to serve as a director based on his business and financial management and leadership experience and his years of service on our Board.

 


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