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Advisory Board

Steve W. Chaddick

Steve W. Chaddick, Mentor Capitalist, is currently Managing Partner of Ridgewood Advisors, LLC. He founded Ridgewood Advisors in 2004 as a vehicle for angel investing, nurturing the community of emerging technology companies in the Atlanta area, and facilitating technology commercialization.

From May 2001 to June 2005, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of CIENA Corporation, responsible for overall corporate strategy and product direction. Between February 2000 and May 2001, he served as Senior Vice President, Systems and Technology, responsible for all product and technology development at CIENA. Between July 1999, and February 2000, he served as President of CIENA's Core Switching Division, formed after CIENA'S acquisition of Lightera Networks. From August 1998 to July 1999, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, responsible for creating CIENA's marketing programs, strategic vision, and business development. From CIENA's founding in 1994 until August 1998, he was responsible for all Research and Development, serving as Vice President, Product Development, and Senior Vice President, Products and Technologies. He was responsible for defining the MultiWave ™ family of dense wavelength division multiplexing products, building the R&D team, and bringing the MultiWave ™ products to market, and holds nine patents in the area of WDM systems and techniques. He has 30+ years of experience in the Telecom and related industries and has served on the Board of Directors of the Optical Internetworking Forum, Terabit Technology, and Vistascape Security Systems, and currently serves on the board of Asankya Networks.

He is an active volunteer in the Georgia Tech community, currently serving as a Trustee of the Georgia Tech Foundation, Chair of the advisory board of the School of, a member of the advisory board of the College of Engineering, a trustee of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and an advisor to Georgia Tech Venture Lab. He is also a past trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and member of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board. He endowed the Steve W. Chaddick Chair in Electro-Optics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering School Chair.

Mr. Chaddick also served for many years as a trustee at The Galloway School in Atlanta, and chaired the board development committee, leading two successful capital campaigns. He is also a board member of Atlanta's Tony-winning Alliance Theatre.

Prior to joining CIENA, Mr. Chaddick was Vice President of Engineering at AT&T Tridom, an early leader in very small aperture satellite terminal systems, and a company he co-founded in 1983, acquired by AT&T in 1988. Mr. Chaddick was responsible for all product development at AT&T Tridom, including hardware, embedded systems software and network management software, and also served as the general manager of Tridom's US business. Prior to the founding of Tridom, he held numerous positions in engineering, engineering management, sales, and general management in the communications industry, including GTE Electronic Systems Group, Pacific Measurements, Avantek, and Scientific-Atlanta.

Mr. Chaddick received both his B.E.E. (Highest Honor, 1974) and M.S.E.E (1982) degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni.