Ayar Labs has expanded its executive team to further commercial development, with the addition of Lakshmikant (LK) Bhupathi, Vice President of Products, Strategy and Ecosystem, and Scott Clark, Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations. In these newly created roles, Bhupathi and Clark will focus on product management, manufacturing, supply chain, ecosystem and partner development to build scale for Ayar Labs’ optical I/O solution with new and existing partners and customers such as NVIDIA, Intel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lockheed Martin, GlobalFoundries, Lumentum, Macom, Sivers, and others.
Bhupathi joins Ayar Labs following twenty years with Marvell Semiconductor (NASDAQ: MRVL) in a variety of design, technical marketing and product roles, including a position as Vice President, Product Management / Marketing at high performance networking company Aquantia (acquired by Marvell), as well as driving CXL and Ethernet NIC product strategy and roadmap for Marvell’s next-generation cloud and enterprise datacenter applications. Bhupathi also served as the President and Marketing Chair for the NBASE-T alliance (since merged with the Ethernet Alliance).
Clark comes to Ayar Labs with extensive manufacturing, supply chain and operations senior leadership experience, most recently as Vice President of Supply Chain at Corsair Gaming (NASDAQ: CRSR). Clark has spent the past two decades leading global supply chain management, procurement, operations and manufacturing transformations for public and private companies, including work in the optical market and an extended period living and working in Asia, through positions at Allied Telesis in Japan, Stratalight Communications, which was acquired by OpNext, Arecont Vision, AOptix Technologies and Tascent, a spinoff of AOptix.
In addition to the new executive leadership team hires, Ayar Labs has also expanded its office footprint in the San Francisco Bay Area and opened a new office in Cambridge, Mass. The new office in San Jose, Calif., located at 695 River Oaks Parkway, has eight times as much clean room space as the existing Santa Clara office and will facilitate the company’s test, measurement, validation and qualification efforts (completion of this move is planned for early 2023). The East Coast office, located at 678 Massachusetts Avenue, Ste. 401, Cambridge, Mass., is a return to the company’s roots near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where Ayar Labs’ co-founders met and started the company back in 2015.