Dr. Bardia Pezeshki

Dr. Bardia Pezeshki

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Pezeshki was previously the main founder of Santur Corporation (2000-2008), and acting as the President, Director, VP of Engineering, and CTO of the company at various times he developed the key ideas and managed their transition to manufacturing: the tunable laser that dominated the transition of long haul and metro networks from fixed-wavelength lasers to tunable, and more recently the parallel transceiver that now leads the world in 100Gb/s Ethernet.

Prior to Santur, Dr Pezeshki managed the Development group at SDL (now part of JDS Uniphase) and a similar group at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stanford University and has approximately 30 patents and 100 peer reviewed publications and presentations.

Kaiam CFO, Art Stein

Art Stein

Chief Financial Officer

Art Stein joined Kaiam in 2013. His experience spans both major publicly traded companies and high tech startups.  Most recently, he was CFO/COO at BridgeWave Communications, a high-capacity wireless radio manufacturer.  Previously, Art held various senior and executive level positions at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and Guide Technology. He has  specific strengths in M&A transactions, fundraising, strategic planning, offshore manufacturing, and overall financial management. Art holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Craig Ciesla, VP of Engineering

Craig Ciesla

V.P. of Engineering

Most recently, Dr. Ciesla was CEO and Co-founder of Tactus Technology, a venture-backed company that developed a tactile layer that creates physical buttons for touch-screen devices. Before that, as Director of Transmit and Receive Passive Product Development at JDSU, Craig lead a 50-person engineering team based in the US and China developing high speed III-V laser and detector products for fiber-optic communication. Craig holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

Rob Kalman, VP of Marketing

Rob Kalman

V.P. of Marketing

Dr. Rob Kalman has 20+ years of experience in successfully delivering leading edge optical communications technology and products. He was a founding member of Luminous Networks, ONI Systems, and Optivision, where he held various leadership roles in Engineering and Marketing. He has a Ph.D. in EE from Stanford.


Sherwin Cabatic

V.P. of Sales

Mr. Cabatic has been in the industry for over 20 years, and has served in leadership roles at New Focus, Bookham, and Opnext; most recently coming from Lumentum/JDSU, where he was the PLM Director for the Datacom business. He holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and an MS-MSE, Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dietmar Zapf, VP of Operations

Dietmar Zapf

V.P. of Operations

Dietmar Zapf brings 20 years of Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Operations management experience to Kaiam. He has held positions in both startups and large publicly traded companies producing ASICs, optical components and LED lighting. Prior to joining Kaiam he was managing operations at Soraa, Coherent, and at Santur he ramped up production 2-3x quarter over quarter for 1 1/2 years. As Senior Supply Chain Manager at JDSU, he was responsible for transferring multiple product lines to offshore manufacturing sites. He is passionate about transitioning startups into revenue generating companies. Mr. Zapf was born and raised in Germany, but has lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, he graduated from UC Berkeley where he was a member of the Crew team.

Russell Childs, UK General Manager

Russell Childs

UK General Manager

Russell Childs joined Gemfire in May 2004 as Director of Manufacturing/Operations from Avanex where he had been Director of Operations. He spent 5 years at Kymata / Alcatel / Avanex setting up the FHD process and manufacturing engineering functions. Prior to Avanex, Russell was with NEC Semiconductors for 12 years in various process engineering and manufacturing roles, finishing that portion of his career as the Wafer Fabrication Engineering Manager. Russell has a degree in physics, with honors, from Edinburgh University.