Eindhoven, The Netherlands, September 1, 2021 – EFFECT Photonics is pleased to announce the completion of its leadership team with the recent hiring of Roberto Marcoccia in the position of Chief Development & Strategy Officer as part of the growth and expansion journey of the company. This follows the appointment of Dr. Sophie De Maesschalck as Chief Financial Officer, and Harald Graber as Chief Commercial Officer last year.
Based in California, Roberto joins EFFECT Photonics with over 20 years of leadership experience in optical communications product development. Most recently he was Vice President Engineering at Juniper Networks responsible for leading and executing many of the company’s optical strategies. Prior to Juniper, Roberto was the founding leader at StrataLight Communications responsible all aspects of development including StrataLight’s long haul DWDM products that were deployed in networks around the world and the successful acquisition of StrataLight by Opnext. At EFFECT Photonics, Roberto will lead and grow the global development organization and drive the advancement and execution of the growth strategy.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have joined the EFFECT Photonics team. We are in a unique position to leverage the power of integrated photonics and our vertically integrated capabilities to meet the massive shifts happening in the industry with the evolution of 5G and large-scale computation moving to the edge of the network. It’s an exciting time for the industry and the company, and I look forward to working closely with James and the rest of the senior leadership team to capitalize on the many opportunities before us.” – Roberto Marcoccia
Sophie is an experienced technology scale-up CFO with over 15 years’ experience in technology incubation, international financing, and mergers and acquisitions. She has been Managing Partner at Incubaid, an incubator based in Belgium where she supported a portfolio of start-ups in the field of storage, virtualization and decentralization, several of which were exited to large, international corporations. She started her career at Bain & Company. With her PhD in optical telecommunications and her financial experience, Sophie is perfectly placed to help EFFECT Photonics scale up the finance infrastructure, drive the expansion strategy and manage the equity financing rounds.
“I am thrilled to be part of this amazing team at EFFECT Photonics. Over the last months, we have made tremendous progress and we have welcomed our new Series-C investors on board. Now we have strengthened our senior management team and with the trust and support of our investors, I’m convinced EFFECT photonics has a bright future ahead and we can truly make a difference with our ground-breaking technology ” – Sophie De Maesschalck
During his more than 20 years in optical networking, Harald has held different senior leadership roles, one of the last was as Vice President Customer Innovation – Product & Solution Marketing at Coriant. Prior to that he lived and worked in Europe as well as the US and China for Lucent Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks. In his role as CCO at EFFECT Photonics, he is responsible for leading the global sales, product line management, marketing communications teams as well as building the underlying infrastructure to serve the growing global customer base.
“Joining EFFECT Photonics has been one of the most rewarding decisions so far. The team is driven to make a huge impact in the world of semiconductors and telecommunication. With the completion of the senior management team we also have formulated a clear path to excel in the market and further deepen our technological competence in the most critical fields. It is great to see our customers and partners joining us in discussions about the future and formulating breakthrough developments.” – Harald Graber
The senior management team now comprises of:
- James Regan – Chief Executive Officer
- Dr. Boudewijn Docter – President & co-founder
- Tim Koene – Chief Technology Officer & co-founder
- Dr. Paul Rosser – Chief Operations Officer
- Harald Graber – Chief Commercial Officer
- Roberto Marcoccia – Chief Development & Strategy Officer
- Dr. Sophie De Maesschalck – Chief Financial Officer
“We now have the world-class leadership team we need to realize the ambition that we have for our existing and next gen product portfolios. These are exciting times for us as we further scale up our R&D and production efforts as well as expanding our geographic footprint.” – James Regan
For more information on the senior management team, please click here.