Frank Plastina

07/22/2016 4:58PM EDT

Frank Plastina 2016

Frank Plastina recently served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with the Blackstone Entrepreneur Network from May 2012 – June 2015. He is currently the CEO of Wolfspeed – formerly Cree’s Power and RF division – to structure the spinout and sale of Wolfspeed to Infineon Technologies. Mr. Plastina has served as the CEO of two NASDAQ listed companies and prior to this current role, he was the Founder and President of Arc&Company. Arc&Company is an angel investment firm and also provides advisory services to “C” level executives.

Prior to serving as an EIR, Frank served as the President and CEO of Tekelec, a telecommunications software company, from Feb 06 – Jan 11. At Tekelec, he led the company’s efforts to grow outside of its traditional US based business. Under his leadership, the company secured business in all four of the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries as well as over 40 additional countries. These efforts led to Tekelec being named one of the Top 200 Small Businesses by Forbes in both 2008 and 2009. Tekelec was also named Public Company of the Year by NCTA in 2009. Frank has complimented this operating experience with roles at Warburg Pincus, a leading New York based private equity firm, and the Toronto office of PWC. In 2006, he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful People in NC Business by Business Leader magazine. He has also been featured in articles in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of India, France’s Le Figaro, Canada’s National Post and the Globe and Mail and Raleigh’s TBJ and News & Observer.

Frank currently serves on the Board of Cree (Nasdaq:CREE). Past public company and private company Board experience includes FirstNet, Tekelec, Proxim, Presidio, Baanto, Petroliance, BTI, Pinpoint/Motricity, Ronald McDonald House of Durham, First Flight Ventures Corp, Duke Heart Center and Duke Fuqua School of Business, NC Symphony, NCTA, MCNC and the Wake County Boys and Girls Club Boards.

Frank is a native of Toronto, Canada, and a graduate of the University of Toronto. He is now a US citizen and has resided in North Carolina since 1997.

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