Faraj Aalaei, an Iranian American immigrant and a 35-year veteran of the communications industry, has raised funds in excess of $370 million for his semiconductor companies from private and public investors, executed several M&A deals and taken his previous start-up through IPO. Prior to joining Aquantia, Faraj was the guiding force behind Centillium’s successful track record as a leading innovator of high performance, cost effective semiconductor solutions for broadband access networks. Under his leadership, Centillium went from seed financing to NASDAQ IPO in 3 years, the fastest ever for a semiconductor company. An industry pioneer and holder of three patents, Aalaei has spent the last three decades at the forefront of technical advancements - from helping develop the world's first broadband modem for CATV networks to the introduction of Centillium's high capacity convergent technology for DSL, optical and VoIP applications.
Prior to co-founding Centillium in 1997, Aalaei held a variety of management and engineering positions at leading technology providers, where he applied his expertise to the development of DSLAM, Digital Loop Carrier and Fiber-to-the-Curb products at Fujitsu; the first SONET system and the first high speed two way systems for CATV networks at Bell Labs. He began his career at MA/COM designing very high speed satellite communications systems. Aalaei holds an BSEET from Wentworth Institute of Technology, MSEE from University of Massachusetts and an MBA from University of New Hampshire.