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Takamasa Kato
Chairman of the Board

Takamasa Kato joined Nistica as chairman of the Board in June 2012. He is an Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Fujikura Ltd., responsible for Research and Development.

Takamasa Kato began his carrier in Telecommunication technology development department of Fujikura in 1970. He worked on developing coaxial cable for long-haul communications and broadcasting for ten years.

He transitioned to Sales Engineering and Business Development in 1980. He contributed to the Longitudinal Optical Cable Network Construction project conducted by NTT. In 2000, he was promoted to Division Manager of Optical Device Division, where he expanded sales of optical components, optical devices and transmission equipment. In 2001, he became a Board member of Fujikura.

He transitioned to Chairman of America Fujikura in 2006. After two years of experience, he returned to his role as Board member of Fujikura and became the overall manager of Telecommunication business unit. In 2009, he assumed his current position.

Takamasa Kato received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Tohoku University in 1970.


Hironori Taiko
Member of the Board

Hironori is a Vice President at Innovation Network Corporation of Japan ("INCJ"), an investment vehicle sponsored by the Japanese government. Hironori was one of the first members to join INCJ when it was established in 2009 and is responsible for investments in the technology, media and telecommunication sector with a special focus on international investments. He became a board member of Nistica in December 2013.

Hironori started his career at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking Group and has more than 10 years of investment experience at financial institutions including the private equity firm, the Carlyle Group. Hironori recieved his Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo in 2001.


Satoru Ogawa
Member of the Board

Satoru Ogawa has been involved with Nistica's ROADM business since 2009 when he was assigned to General Director of Fujikura Fiber Optics Vietnam where ROADM products are being manufactured. He became a member of the Board in 2014.

He began his carrier in telecommunication R&D department of Fujikura in 1978 and worked on developing manufacturing method until 1980. In 1980, he transitioned to the optical fiber cable manufacturing engineering division as a production engineer. In 1990 he was assigned to Assistant Plant Manager of Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. He came back to Japan as Section Manager of Engineering in Fiber Optics Components Division in 1993. In 2000, he was transferred to Suzuki Giken as General Manager of Engineering and engaged in optical fiber cable monitoring system. He was transferred back to Fujikura as General Manager in Fiber Optics Components Division in 2004. In 2009 he was assigned to General Director of Fujikura Fiber Optics Vietnam.

He was promoted to General Manager of Fiber Optics Components Division in 2013.

Satoru Ogawa received his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Saitama University, Japan.


Jody Gallagher
Member of the Board

Jody Gallagher joined Nistica’s Board of Directors in 2013. Jody serves as president and chief executive officer of AFL. He has served in this role since 2005. In addition, he serves on the AFL board of directors, and in 2011 was named an executive officer of Fujikura, AFL's parent company, where he represents AFL on Fujikura's Executive Council.

Since assuming the role of president and chief executive officer, Jody has navigated AFL through a challenging global economy while posting strong operational and financial results. He has been a strong advocate for growing the company both organically and via the following key acquisitions: ALTA Group, Verrillon, Nistica, Dossert, Northstar, and The Light Brigade in North America.; TCC and Draka’s OPGW business in Europe; and Optimal Cable Systems in Australia.

During his 34-year history with the company, Jody has built an impressive track record of measurable results. He was named president of AFL in 2003. In 2005, Fujikura assumed full ownership of AFL and named Jody president and chief executive officer.

Jody is a graduate of Clarkson University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the University of Texas where he earned a Master of Business Administration.


Taichi Yamaguchi
Member of the Board and Senior Business Executive, Nistica

Taichi Yamaguchi started his experience for WSS-ROADM product in 2008 as a Manager of Fujikura Sales Engineering Department. He was also responsible for taking care of Japanese investors. After Series-D round investment in 2011, he became a Board member of Nistica.

Taichi began his carrier in Seikosha developing computer operating system and application in 1983. He transitioned to Fujikura as a researcher of Superconductivity in 1988. After 7 years' experience, he became a quality manager responsible for high reliability undersea optical components. In 2002, he got a position of product manager of AFL in South Carolina, USA. He returned to Fujikura after 2 years' experience in USA and worked for engineering support for customers over the world. He transferred to Nistica in June 2012.

Taichi received his Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the Chiba University, Japan.


Ashish Vengsarkar
Nistica Chief Executive Officer

Ashish Vengsarkar is currently Chief Executive Officer of Nistica, a subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. With over 20 years of telecom experience, Ashish has served in technology and business management roles at startups and Fortune 500 companies. He has been instrumental in founding three high-tech startup companies.

Ashish received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Master's and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an Executive MBA from the Wharton School, where he was a Palmer Scholar.


Thomas Strasser
Nistica Chief Technology Officer

Tom Strasser co-founded Nistica in the fall of 2005. Prior to founding Nistica, Tom was Chief Technologist and Director of Intellectual Property at the optical networking startup Photuris. Tom's experience ranges from knowledge of components to optical networks, including seven years as a technologist and manager in AT&T and Lucent Bell Labs.

He is a recognized technology leader in optical fiber communications, and served as the Technical Program Chair of OFC 2004 and General Chair of OFC/NFOEC 2006. Tom received a B.S. degree from Alfred University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University. During his graduate studies on periodic guided-wave devices, he worked at Eastman-Kodak Research Labs.


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