Management Team

Murugesan “Raj” Shanmugaraj
President and Chief Executive Officer
Raj is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Communications. Raj brings to Acacia more than 25 years experience in telecom and communications. Prior to joining Acacia, Raj was the vice president of business development in the optical networking division of Alcatel-Lucent USA. He also founded and served as the chief executive officer of Astral Point Communications, and held various senior executive level positions at PictureTel, Multilink and Motorola. Mr. Shanmugaraj holds an M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.E. in electronics and communications from the National Institute of Technology.


John F. Gavin
Chief Financial Officer
John is the Chief Financial Officer of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia more than 30 years of financial and business experience. Prior to joining Acacia, John was the chief financial officer of Hiperos. He also served as the chief operating officer of Akorri Networks, where he also served as the interim acting chief executive officer, as the chief financial officer and chief operating officer of SMaL Camera Technologies, the chief financial officer of Pirus Networks, and the chief financial officer of C-Port. John also served in various roles, most recently as the vice president of finance, sales and marketing North America, at Digital Equipment Corporation. John holds a B.S. in accounting from Stonehill College and a M.B.A. from Anna Maria College.


Benny P. Mikkelsen
Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Benny is one of the founders of Acacia Communication and also serves as its Chief Technology Officer. Benny brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in optical transmission and technologies. Prior to joining Acacia, Benny co-founded and served as the vice president of technology of Mintera. Prior to that, he held various engineering positions with Bell Laboratories, a research and scientific development company owned by Alcatel-Lucent USA. Benny has published more than 200 papers and conference contributions in letters, journals and conferences. Benny holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.


Christian J. Rasmussen
Founder, Vice President of Digital Signal Processing and Optics
Christian is one of the founders of Acacia Communication and also serves as its Vice President of Digital Signal Processing and Optics. Christian brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in the development of digital signal processing for ultra-high speed coherent transport systems. Prior to joining Acacia, Christian was a principal optical engineer of Mintera Corporation. Christian holds an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in optical communications from the Technical University of Denmark.


Mehrdad Givehchi
Founder, Vice President of Hardware and Software
Mehrdad is one of the founders of Acacia Communication and also serves as its Vice President of Hardware and Software. Mehrdad brings to Acacia extensive expertise and experience in the area of software and hardware development. Prior to joining Acacia, Mehrdad was the consulting optical engineer of Mintera. Prior to that, he served as the principal hardware engineer of Sycamore Networks, and as the principal hardware engineer of Tektronix. Mehrdad holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Bhupendra “Bhupen” C. Shah
Vice President of Engineering
Bhupen is the Vice President of Engineering of Acacia Communications. Bhupendra brings to Acacia more than 20 years of experience in engineering and engineering management. Prior to joining Acacia, Bhupen was the director of engineering at Juniper Networks. Prior to that, he was the director of hardware and software development at Broadcom. Previously, Bhupen co-founded and served as the vice president of engineering of Atlantic Cores. Bhupen holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from the
University of Lowell.


John J. LoMedico
Vice President Sales and Business Development
John is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia over than 30 years in sales, marketing and business development in the semiconductor/component segment of the communications industry. Prior to joining Acacia, John was the vice president of sales and marketing of CHiL Semiconductor. Prior to CHiL Semiconductor, John served as the vice president of marketing of Applied Micro Circuits, and as the vice president of sales and marketing of Cimaron Communications. Prior to that, John served in various management positions in the sales and marketing function at National Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments). John holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.


Janene I. Asgeirsson
Vice President, General Counsel
Janene is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Acacia Communications. Janene brings to Acacia more than 15 years experience in advising companies in the technology sector on legal, business and governance matters. Prior to joining Acacia, Janene was a counsel in the corporate practice group of the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. Prior to that, Janene served as the senior corporate counsel of Entropic Communications. Janene was a senior associate in the corporate practice group of the law firm Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian and an associate in the corporate practice group of the law firm Foley Hoag. Janene holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.


John P. Kavanagh
Senior Vice President of Operations
John is the Senior Vice President of Operations/Supply Chain of Acacia Communications. John brings to Acacia over than 20 years of international experience in operations, engineering, supply chain, new product introduction and quality. Prior to joining Acacia, John served as the vice president, supply chain of JDS Uniphase. Prior to that, John held several roles, including vice president, general manager and vice president of supply chain, at Finisar. John holds a B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Limerick in Ireland.


Renee M. Pianka
Chief Human Resources Officer
Renee is the Chief Human Resources Officer of Acacia Communications. Renee brings to Acacia over 15 years of human resource management expertise. Prior to joining Acacia, Renee served a vice president, human resources for the global services division of EMC Corporation, where she also served in increasing senior roles in various parts of the business including an international assignment in Europe. Renee holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.