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28 May 2015

Mellanox annnounces promotions pending retirements of both senior VP of engineering and chief operating officer

Mellanox Technologies Ltd of Sunnyvale, CA, USA and Yokneam, Israel, a supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for data-center servers and storage systems, has promoted Dr Mehdi Asghari to VP of silicon photonics, Eyal Babish to VP of hardware, Ronnen Lovinger to VP of operations & corporate quality, Henning Lysdal to VP of active interconnect engineering, and Alon Webman to VP of silicon engineering. Asghari, Babish, Lovinger and Webman will report to president & CEO Eyal Waldman, while Lysdal will report to VP of silicon engineering Alon Webman (with a dotted line to Waldman).

"Their long-standing record of leadership and their ability to execute have been instrumental to Mellanox's growth and success," comments Waldman. "They will lead Mellanox to our next stage of growth and product leadership."

The promotions complete the succession plan following the announcement on 21 April that senior VP of engineering Roni Ashuri and chief operating officer Shai Cohen (both co-founders of Mellanox in 1999) will retire in fourth-quarter 2015

VP of silicon photonics Asghari is responsible for all aspects of Mellanox's silicon photonics technology and product development. Asghari has over 20 years of research and product development experience within the silicon photonics industry. Previously, he was chief technology officer at Kotura Inc (acquired by Mellanox in 2013). Priior to Kotura, he was VP of R&D at Bookham Inc (responsible for R&D and manufacturing transfer activities behind all of Bookham's silicon-based technologies and products). Asghari has a Ph.D. degree in Optoelectronics from England's University of Bath and an M.Sc. degree in Optoelectronics and Laser Devices from the Heriot-Watt and St. Andrews universities in Scotland. He also holds Master's and B.Sc. degrees in Engineering from the UK's Cambridge University.

VP of hardware Babish joined Mellanox in 2001 and is responsible for all hardware and system products. Previously, he was VP of system solutions (responsible for managing the firm's system solutions and product engineering organization including development, qualification, certification, production testing, program management and customer support). Previously, Babish was a hardware engineer at Elbit Systems. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel.

VP of operations & corporate quality Lovinger joined Mellanox in 1999 and is responsible for all operations and corporate quality. Previously, he was VP of manufacturing operations. Prior to Mellanox, Lovinger worked at Intel Corp, where he held several engineering positions in microprocessor circuit design. He has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel.

VP of active interconnect engineering Lysdal is responsible for Mellanox's analog interconnect integrated circuits. He was co-founder, chief operating officer and later VP of engineering for IPtronics A/S (acquired by Mellanox in 2013). Prior to the founding of IPtronics in 2003, Lysdal served as high-speed PHY development manager at Giga A/S and Intel Corp. He has 18 years of experience with ICs for optical communication and has a Master's degree in Microelectronics Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

VP of silicon engineering Webman was a co-founder of Mellanox in 1999 and is responsible for all IC design, including front-end and back-end. Previously, he was VP of engineering, switch products. Webman has served the firm in numerous roles over the past 16 years, including chip development, post-silicon management, program management, and customer support. Prior to Mellanox, he held various engineering positions at Intel and Nexus. Webman holds a BSEE in electrical engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology, Israel.

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