Finisar Appoints New Director
Finisar Corp., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company dealing in fiber optic solutions for high-speed networks, announced that the board of directors has appointed Thomas E. Pardun to serve as a director of the board until the annual meeting of the stockholders in 2012. Morgan Jones of Battery Ventures, who had served as a member of our board since the completion of the Optium merger in August 2008, previously announced his decision not to stand for re-election at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders held on Nov. 18, 2009. Finisar’s board consists of nine directors, who are elected to staggered three-year terms. Currently, Pardun is chairman of Western Digital Corp., manufacturer of hard disk drives for the personal computer and home entertainment markets. He worked for eight years in various positions at MediaOne and its predecessor company, U S West, with the most recent being president of MediaOne International Asia-Pacific before retiring in July of 2000. Prior to working at U S West, he served as president of the Central Group for Sprint. Previously, Pardun held a variety of management positions during his 19-year tenure with IBM, concluding as director of Product Line Evaluation at IBM’s New York marketing headquarters.