M. Niel Ransom N&G Chair

M. Niel Ransom has served as a Director since August 2010. Dr. Ransom is a principal of Ransomshire Associates, Inc., an advisory firm he founded in 2005. He also serves as a board member MultiPhy, a provider of integrated circuits for high-speed optical communications and is Chairman of Saguna Networks, a provider of mobile edge computing solutions. During the last five years, Dr. Ransom was previously a director of Cyan Inc., a provider of packet-optical transport platforms; Polatis, a provider of high-performance optical switch solutions; Capella Photonics, a provider of wavelength selectable switches; and DesignArt Networks, a provider of semiconductors for LTE small cells. Previously, as worldwide CTO of Alcatel and a member of its Executive Committee, he was responsible for research, corporate strategy, intellectual property and R&D investment. Prior to that, he directed Alcatel’s access and metro optical business in North America. Earlier in his career, he directed the Advanced Technology Systems Center at BellSouth and various development and applied research organizations in voice and data switching at Bell Laboratories. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, BSEE and MSEE degrees from Old Dominion University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.