People

Leadership Team

Scott A. Graeff

President & Chief Executive Officer

Brian J. Soller, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Gene J. Nestro

Chief Financial Officer

Bhaskar Banerjee

Senior Vice President & Head of Strategy

Salvan Farooqui

Senior Vice President & Head of Global Sales

James T. Garrett, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Luna Labs

William "Bill" Van Anglen

Senior Vice President & Head of Human Resources

David Blaker

Vice President of Engineering

Raymond A. Matty

Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis

Andy Brown

Corporate Controller

Allison L. Woody

Director of Administration
Scott A. Graeff, President & Chief Executive Officer

Scott A. Graeff

President & Chief Executive Officer

Scott A. Graeff was appointed as Luna’s President & Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in October 2017. Mr. Graeff joined Luna Innovations in August 2003. Throughout his tenure at Luna he has held various positions including Chief Strategy Officer, President of Luna Technologies, GM of Terametrix, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, EVP of corporate development and a member of our Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Luna, Mr. Graeff was a Partner at Gryphon Capital, a Virginia based venture capital fund. He has also been a co-founder of a software technology company that was sold to a Fortune 500 Company and held senior-level positions at various investment banking firms. In these various roles, Mr. Graeff has completed several public offerings and has been involved with mergers and acquisitions with a notional value of more than $8 billion. He is experienced in a broad range of capital market transactions, strategic planning and financial management. Mr. Graeff holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Brian Soller, Chief Operating Officer

Brian J. Soller, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Brian Soller joined the executive team as Vice President in April 2014, was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2019 and Chief Operating Officer in 2021. In his current role, Dr. Soller plays a crucial role in developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan, including a focus on optimizing operational efficiency to continue to drive sustainable, profitable growth.

Prior to joining Luna, he served as Vice President of Marketing for Micron Optics & VP of global sales and business development for Lightpath Technologies (NASDAQ: LPTH). Previously he spent ten years in fiber optics with Luna, beginning as a scientist and ultimately moving up through the organization to General Manager of the Products Division. Dr. Soller co-developed the instrumentation for fiber optic devices manufactured by Luna today. He has over 15 issued patents in optics with an expertise in the interferometric measurement field. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and a doctoral degree from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Gene Nestro, Chief Financial Officer

Gene J. Nestro

Chief Financial Officer

Gene J. Nestro joined the executive team as Chief Financial Officer in December 2019. He previously served as the Vice President, Corporate Finance at Cree, Inc., a public company developing and marketing power and radio frequency semiconductors and lighting class LEDs, from September 2017 to June 2019. 

Prior to Cree, Mr. Nestro served in corporate and operational finance positions of increasing responsibility at TE Connectivity Ltd., a public industrial technology company, from February 2000 to September 2017. Mr. Nestro holds a B.S. degree in accounting from Penn State University and a M.B.A. degree in finance from Saint Joseph’s University, Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

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Bhaskar Banerjee

Senior Vice President & Head of Strategy

Bhaskar Banerjee joined Luna in June of 2021 as Senior Vice President & Head of Strategy. In this role, Mr. Banerjee, leads long-term planning, business and corporate development, and strategic investments, including acquisitions and divestitures. He works closely with senior leaders to identify, analyze, and resolve business challenges and explore strategic opportunities and partnerships focused on new sources of growth and long-term value creation as Luna continues to pursue its vision to “Enable the Future with Fiber”.

Mr. Banerjee has more than two decades of experience and has held numerous executive and leadership roles, with a focus on corporate business development and strategic management. He joins us from Applied Materials and held senior-level positions at MACOM Technology Solutions, Cognex and Analog Devices in prior years. In his various roles, he has overseen all aspects of a company’s corporate development and M&A activities, including identifying opportunities, developing strategic relationships, completing due diligence and forming annual strategy processes. He received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from Cornell University.
 

Salvan Farooqui, Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Salvan Farooqui

Senior Vice President & Head of Global Sales

Salvan Farooqui joined the Luna team in 2016 and was promoted to Senior Vice President & Head of Global Sales in April 2021.  Mr. Farooqui came to Luna with over 30 plus years of experience in senior leadership working in the technology industry at Teledyne LeCroy Corporation and Hewlett Packard/Agilent Technologies, Inc. Throughout his career, Mr. Farooqui has a demonstrated motivational management style with a record of building & retaining highly motivated sales teams, distributor channels and manufacturing representatives. 

He is a skilled operational executive with deep understanding of a diverse range of business management applications in T&M industry, including market analysis, team building and history in delivering record results. Mr. Farooqui’s steady, servant-oriented leadership combined with an unmatched combination of tenacity and character serves Luna well as he takes on this role. Mr. Farooqui holds a BSEE degree from Ohio State University.

James Garrett, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Luna Labs

James T. Garrett, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Luna Labs

James Garrett joined the executive team as Vice President in July 2012 and was elevated to Senior Vice President in 2019. As Senior Vice President & General Manager of Luna Labs, Dr. Garrett is responsible for managing product development, achieving commercialization success with SBIR developed technologies, and licensing IP. He began his career at Luna in 2005 and served as director of the Material Systems group from 2006 to 2012.

Prior to joining Luna, Dr. Garrett developed polyurethane intermediates for Bayer Material Science (now Covestro) and researched electroactive materials at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Garrett holds five patents and has 14 pending related to polyurethane elastomers, materials, and coatings. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Penn State University and an MBA from the Mason School of Business at William and Mary.

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William "Bill" Van Anglen

Senior Vice President & Head of Human Resources

William Van Anglen (Bill) joined Luna in May 2021 as Senior Vice President & Head of Human Resources with more than 20 years of global Human Resources experience in the design, delivery and management of strategic HR programs. He served in a number of executive Human Resource positions across the technology industry, including terms at MACOM Technology Solutions, Inc.; Fairchild Semiconductor, Inc.; and Analog Devices, Inc. He also has experience in the software, defense and manufacturing industries, consulting on HR issues and total rewards programs for start-up, pre-IPO and post-IPO companies across them.

Mr. Van Anglen has deep experience in defining from-scratch procedures that have helped companies codify policy and promote responsible growth. He is adept in the execution of GAP reviews and customizing performance management systems and pay-for-performance compensation programs. Mr. Van Anglen also has managed HR due diligence processes for global acquisitions and spearheaded integration operations that balance the need for financial synergies with talent preservation and succession planning. He holds a B.A. degree in biology from St. Anselm College.

David Blaker, Vice President of Engineering

David Blaker

Vice President of Engineering

David Blaker joined Luna in September 2015 as Director of Engineering and was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 2019. In his current role, he plays a crucial role in developing and implementing the company’s product roadmap. In this capacity he led the development of the OBR 6200-JSF portable battery-operated ruggedized reflectometer used by Lockheed Martin to maintain F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

Mr. Blaker has extensive experience of embedded systems development and engineering management. His development experience includes full custom, ASIC and FPGA design, signal processing and system design. He has held engineering management positions at Nokia Mobile Phones in the UK, AT&T Microelectronics, Volumetrics Medical Imaging, NetOctave and siXis, Inc. Mr. Blaker received an award from AT&T for developing the Error-Correction Co-Processor for AT&T Microelectronics, a product used in digital cellular base stations around the world. He co-developed the world's first real-time 3-dimensional image processor for medical ultrasound imaging. Mr. Blaker holds 20 U.S. patents in the fields of digital communications, network security and medical imaging. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the MIT and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. 
 

Ray Matty, Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis

Raymond A. Matty

Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis

Raymond A. Matty joined Luna in May of 2021 as Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis. Mr. Matty brings over 30 years of diversified financial experience in both the public and private sectors.  Ray previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Shop Vac Corporation and held numerous leadership positions at TE Connectivity Ltd from 1996 to 2019.  Throughout his career, Mr. Matty has a demonstrated record of navigating businesses through changing and competitive environments to maximize returns and achieve optimal operating efficiency.  Mr. Matty holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University and a M.B.A. degree in Finance from Lebanon Valley College.

Andy Brown, Corporate Controller

Andy Brown

Corporate Controller

Andy Brown joined Luna in October 2020 as Corporate Controller. Prior to Luna, he served as Director, Finance & Accounting Transformation at Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading aftermarket auto parts retailer.  Mr. Brown previously served in a number of other accounting management roles at Advance over a span of 22 years with increasing levels of responsibility in the areas of SEC and Financial Reporting, Controllership, Financial Systems and Finance/Accounting Transformation. Prior to Advance, Mr. Brown worked at KPMG LLP for 3 years as an auditor serving clients in a number of industries. Mr. Brown received a B.S. degree in Accounting with honors from Virginia Tech. 

Allison Woody, Director of Administration

Allison L. Woody

Director of Administration

Allison L. Woody joined the leadership team as Director of Administration in April 2019.  In her role, she supports investor relations and is responsible for the company’s stock plan administration and corporate communications. In addition, she serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors.  She began her career at Luna in 2012 and served in both the marketing and human resources departments. 


Prior to joining Luna, Ms. Woody served in various marketing roles where she was responsible for developing and implementing marketing concepts and solutions to meet corporate standards.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech. 
 

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