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Applied Optoelectronics Inc (AAOI.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Chih-Hsiang Lin

54 2014 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Stefan Murry

44 2014 Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer

Hung-Lun Chang

53 2012 Senior Vice President - Optical Component Business Unit

Shu-Hua Yeh

51 2012 Asia General Manager and Senior Vice President - Network Equipment Module Business Unit

David Kuo

34 2013 Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Richard Black

83 2001 Independent Director

Min-Chu Chen

67 2013 Independent Director

Alex Ignatiev

72 2013 Independent Director

Che-Wei Lin

53 2014 Independent Director

Alan Moore

56 2013 Independent Director

William Yeh

64 2000 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Chih-Hsiang Lin

Dr. Chih-Hsiang Lin, Ph.D. is the Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of Applied Optoelectronics Inc. He founded Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. in February 1997 and has been President and Chief Executive Officer since our inception. He currently serves as the Chairman of our Board, a position he has held since January 2014. He has served as a director on our Board since 1997, and he served as Chairman of our Board from May 2000 through September 2002, and again from June 2008 through October 2009. Dr. Lin has also served as a research associate professor and senior research scientist at the University of Houston. Dr. Lin holds a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and a MS degree and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Stefan Murry

Dr. Stefan J. Murry Ph.D. is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of the Company., since August 2014. Previously, Dr. Murry has served as the Company’s Chief Strategy Officer since December 2012 and will continue to serve in this role under his new appointment. Previously, Dr. Murry served as our Vice President of Sales and Marketing from June 2004 until December 2012, our Director of Sales and Marketing from January 2000 to June 2004 and as a Senior Engineer of Device Packaging from February 1997 to January 2000. He also previously served as Research Associate and Mission Control Specialist with the Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Murry has been issued multiple patents in the optoelectronics industry, as well as in various related and complimentary industries. Dr. Murry received BS and Master of Science degrees in Physics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston.

Hung-Lun Chang

Dr. Hung-Lun Chang, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President - Optical Component Business Unit of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. Previously, Dr. Chang served as Vice President of our Optical Module Division from March 2005 until October 2012, our Director of Manufacturing from June 2002 to March 2004, and as our Deputy Packaging Manager from April 2001 to May 2002. Dr. Chang has held numerous positions in the optoelectronics industry throughout his career. His most recent position prior to joining us was Deputy Manager of the Optical Active Component Group at Hon-Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., which is based in Taiwan. He was also a researcher and project manager of the Optoelectronic Module Technology group at Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Chang received a BS degree in Electrophysics and a Ph.D. in Electro-Optical Engineering from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan.

Shu-Hua Yeh

Mr. Shu-Hua Yeh is the Asia General Manager and Senior Vice President - Network Equipment Module Business Unit of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. Previously, Mr. Yeh served as our General Manager of our Video Equipment Division of Global Technology Inc., our China subsidiary, since its acquisition by us in March 2006 and had served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from April 2002 until the acquisition. From May 1995 to April 2002, Mr. Yeh served as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Twoway CATV Technology Inc. Mr. Yeh received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Automatic Control Science from National Chung Shing University in Taiwan.

David Kuo

Mr. David C. Kuo is the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. Previously, Mr. Kuo served as our Assistant General Counsel from May 2009 until August 2013, and as our Asia Legal Manager from January 2011 until August 2013. Mr. Kuo holds a JD from South Texas College of Law and a BBA degree in Real Estate from Baylor University.

Richard Black

Mr. Richard B. Black is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director on our Board since August 2001. Since 1983, he has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ECRM, Incorporated, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. From 2014 to 2016, he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of CRON-ECRM LLC, a worldwide supplier of laser based imaging equipment. Beginning in 1989, Mr. Black was a director of Oak Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of semi-conductors for optical storage and laser printers, and then became President in 1998 and Vice Chairman of the board of directors in 1999 until its merger with Zoran, Inc. in 2003. Mr. Black has served as President and CEO of AM International from 1980 to 1982. He served as a Division President of Maremont Corporation, a manufacturer of auto parts and textile machinery, from 1967, then as Maremont's President and CEO from 1974 to 1979. When Maremont was acquired by Alusuisse in 1979, he served as President and CEO of Alusuisse of America until 1981. He served as a director and chairman of the audit committee of GSI Group, a manufacturer of lasers, laser systems, semi-conductor equipment, from 1998 to 2012, and was its chairman of its board of directors from 2006 to 2012. He has served as a trustee of the American Indian College Fund, Beloit College, Bard College, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Physical Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. Mr. Black received a BS degree in Engineering from Texas A&M University, an MBA from Harvard University and an honorary Ph.D. from Beloit College.

Min-Chu Chen

Dr. Min-Chu Chen, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. has served as a director on our Board since February 2013. Since September 2016, he has served as Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Shandong SicerKline Advanced Material Co., Ltd., a surface-etched silicon carbide and alumina mini-whisker manufacturing plant for ceramic applications. Since April 2014, he has served as a director of Harbin NeoTek Medical Devices Co., Ltd. Since January 2012, he has served as an executive director of FGel Nanotek, Inc., a food and beverage additive company based on nanotechnology. Since November 2011, he has served as the Asia Pacific Director for U.S. Flow Control Group Pte. Ltd., a petroleum equipment manufacturer and services company. Since May 2010, he has served as executive director of C&C International Services, Inc., a petrochemical equipment services and marketing company. Since 2003, he has served as a director of Seth Nanotechnology Inc., a nanotechnology patent portfolio company owning more than 10 patents in fullerene derivatives and related application technologies, and since 2001, he has been a partner and member of the board of directors of EverRich Capital Inc., a financial consulting company. From September 2008 to April 2010, Dr. Chen served as the Chief Executive Officer of SilverPAC, Inc., a consumer electronics business, and from March 1994 to June 2002, Dr. Chen served as a board member of PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI). Dr. Chen received a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from Oregon State University.

Alex Ignatiev

Dr. Alex Ignatiev, Ph.D. is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director on our Board since February 2013, and previously served as a director on our Board from June 2008 to October 2009 and from May 2001 to August 2002. Since 2005, he has served as a director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Houston. Since 2010, he has served as the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen professor of physics, chemistry and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston. From March 2013 to September 2015, Dr. Ignatiev served as the Chief Science Officer of Smart Grid Intelligent Management, Inc., which develops operating systems and alternative energy source integration. Since February 2009, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer of Quarius Technologies, LP, a renewable energy company, since February 2006, he has served as a vice president and Chief Technology Officer at Nano EnerTex, Inc., a nanomaterials company, from January 2005 to September 2015, he has served as a Vice President of Virtual Vision LLP, which develops artificial retinas, and since May 2002, he has served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Science Officer of Metal Oxide Technologies, LLC., which develops, manufactures and sells superconducting wire. Dr. Ignatiev was a director of the Space Vacuum Epitaxy Center at the University of Houston from 1987 until 2002 after which he became director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity and Advanced Materials until 2005. Dr. Ignatiev has also served as a task leader for the Texas Center for Superconductivity from 1987 to 2008, and has been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and to the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Ignatiev received a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cornell University.

Che-Wei Lin

Mr. Che-Wei Lin is an Independent Director of the Company. Previously served as a director on our Board from December 2006 to October 2009. Since November 2007, Mr. Lin has served as the President of ASMedia Technology Inc., a chipset manufacturer. Since November 2009, Mr. Lin has also served as the Corporate Vice President of the Motherboard Business Unit of the Open Platform Business Group of ASUSTek Computer Inc., a computer hardware and electronics company. Mr. Lin was employed at VIA Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits and motherboard chipsets, from 1993 to 2007 in various positions, including President of the Desktop Platform Business Unit, Vice President of the System Platform Division and Vice President of OEM and Chipset Product Marketing. Mr. Lin received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Fu Jen University in Taiwan and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.

Alan Moore

Mr. Alan D. Moore is an Independent Director of the Company. Since 1995, he has served as the President of Red Oak Capital, a private equity company. Since 2007, Mr. Moore has served as a Manager of Silver Tree Fund II Management, LLC, a real estate investment fund. From 1999 to May 2006, Mr. Moore cofounded and served as the Treasurer of Silver Tree Partners, Inc., a real estate development and investment company. From March 1998 to October 1999, Mr. Moore served as the Chief Financial Officer of Window on Wall Street (sold to Trade Station Group, Inc. in 1999). Previously, Mr. Moore was a co-founder of Fossil, Inc. (NASDAQ: FOSL). Mr. Moore received a MS degree in Accounting and a BA degree in Business Control Systems from the University of North Texas.

William Yeh

Mr. William H. Yeh is an Independent Director of the Company. Since 1997, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Golden Star Management, Inc. a real estate investment and management company. He is currently serving as an Advisor of Hanmi Bank for Texas Region. He served as a Senior Vice President of United Central Bank, now Hanmi Bank, overseeing the Houston region from 1997 to 2012. He also served as the Vice Chairman of Central Bancorp, Inc., the holding company of United Central Bank, from 1997 to 2014. Mr. Yeh received a BS degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and a MS degree from University of Houston—Clear Lake.

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