Finisar Corporation, a global technology leader for subsystems and components for fiber optic communications, announced the retirement of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Rawls, and the appointment of Michael Hurlston as Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 11, 2018. Hurlston will also serve on Finisar’s Board of Directors, which will now be led by the company’s Lead Director Robert Stephens.
“After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are pleased to welcome Michael Hurlston to Finisar as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors,” said Robert Stephens, Finisar’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Michael has broad experience as a highly-successful technology industry executive and we know Michael is the right leader to build on our success and market-leading position.”
Hurlston most recently served as a Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Mobile Connectivity Products/Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom Limited. Previously, he held senior leadership positions in sales, marketing and general management at Broadcom. Prior to joining Broadcom in 2001, Hurlston held senior marketing and engineering positions at Oren Semiconductor, Inc., Avasem, Integrated Circuit Systems, Micro Power Systems, Exar and IC Works. Hurlston is also a Director of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. and a member of the Board of Advisors of Vilynx Inc. He received a B.S.E.E., an M.S.E.E. and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis.
“I am very excited to join Finisar and lead the great company that Jerry and his fellow employees have built,” said Hurlston. “Finisar has world-leading products and technology, engineering talent, and manufacturing capabilities and a reputation for excellence in the industry and with its customers. The optical communications and components industry is rapidly advancing and there are many new exciting customer opportunities. I look forward to getting to work.”