Executive Management


Michael Hurlston

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Hurlston was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in 2018. Prior to joining Finisar, he served as  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, Mr. Hurlston held senior marketing and engineering positions at Oren Semiconductor, Inc., Avasem, Integrated Circuit Systems, Micro Power Systems, Exar and IC Works. Mr. Hurlston received a B.S.E.E., an M.S.E.E. and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Davis.


Kurt Adzema

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Prior to becoming Chief Financial Officer in March 2010, Mr Adzema served as Finisar's VP of Strategy and Corporate Development since joining the Company in 2005. During such time, he led Finisar's corporate development initiatives including the merger with Optium. Prior to joining the Company, he held various positions at SVB Alliant, a subsidiary of Silicon Valley Bank which advised technology companies on M&A transactions, at Montgomery Securities/Banc of America Securities, an investment banking firm, and in the financial restructuring group of Smith Barney. Mr. Adzema holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Todd Swanson

Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Research and Development

Todd Swanson joined Finisar in 2002. Throughout his career at Finisar, Mr. Swanson has held a variety of progressive roles, including Product Line Manager, Director of Marketing and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to Finisar, he served in various R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales related roles for Princeton Lightwave, Aegis Semiconductor and Hewlett Packard's OptoElectronics Division from 1995 to 2002. Mr. Swanson holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from MIT.


Joseph Young

Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Joseph Young is currently Executive Vice President of Global Operations. Mr. Young joined the company in 2004 as Finisar's Senior Vice President, Operations. Before joining the Finisar team, Mr. Young was employed by Intel where he was responsible for the Enterprise Optics business unit. Prior to Intel, Mr. Young was Vice President of Operations at LightLogic and Lexar Media and, in his last position at Tyco/Raychem, served as Director of Worldwide Operations for the OEM electronics division of Raychem Corporation. Mr. Young has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of New Haven, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


John H. Clark

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President, Telecom R&D

John Clark joined Finisar in January 2011. Prior to joining Finisar, he was Executive Chairman of Cogo Optronics, Inc., Vice President of SSD Development at Seagate Corporation, President, CEO, and Chairman of Iolon, Inc., and Vice President and General Manager of the Optoelectronics Business Unit at Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Dr. Clark started his career with a joint appointment as Senior Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Dr. Clark holds a B.A. in Physics and a B.A. in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley, and carried out his postdoctoral studies as the Oppenheimer Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.


Julie Eng

Executive Vice President, Datacom R&D

Julie Sheridan Eng is Executive Vice President of Datacom Engineering for Finisar. She has held various senior management positions within Finisar’s engineering organization since joining the company in 2003. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Eng was part of AT&T/Lucent/Agere, primarily leading Agere’s transmitter, receiver, and transceiver product development for telecom and datacom markets. Dr. Eng holds a B.A. degree summa cum laude in Physics from Bryn Mawr College and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She earned M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She has published over a dozen papers and holds 7 patents.


Chris Brown

Executive Vice President and Chief Counsel

Chris Brown joined Finisar in August 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Brown was General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development for Optium Corporation after joining Optium in 2006. Prior to joining Optium, Mr. Brown was a partner at the law firms of Goodwin Procter LLP and McDermott Will & Emery. Mr. Brown holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Chris Theis

Vice President, Worldwide Quality Assurance

Chris Theis joined Finisar in 2017 with nearly 20 years experience in the optoelectronics industry.  He was previously Director of Quality at Optium, a Reliability Engineer at Triquint, and Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs/Lucent.  Chris has a B.S. from University of Pennsylvania, and M.S., and Ph.D. from Penn State in Materials Science and Engineering.


Shirley Reha

Vice President, Global Employee Services

Shirley Reha joined Finisar in 2017 and is responsible for managing worldwide human resources and employee services.  She has served in a wide range of human resource management posts for several companies, including Vice President of Human Resources for Space Systems Loral, Trident Microsystems, and Adaptec Inc. Ms. Reha holds a B.A. in Mass Communication and Business Education from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in Organizational Communication from Southern Illinois University.