Bill Diamond is a technology executive and Silicon Valley
veteran with over 20 years experience in the fiber optics and optical
communications industry.  Bill joined the
SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA in June of 2015 where he currently serves
as its President and CEO. 

In addition to a background in fiberoptics, Diamond spent
more than a decade in x-ray and semiconductor processing technologies.  His industry background spans the spectrum
from venture-backed start-ups to Fortune 100 multinationals, with
responsibilities ranging from engineering and operations to sales, marketing,
product management and CEO positions. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales for
Oclaro, Inc. where he led the company’s penetration in optical networking of
the rapidly-evolving Web 2.0 Data Center market. Prior to that, he was Vice President of
Product Management for optical networking subsystems, culminating in the
successful divestiture of several of these businesses to II-VI. He was also CEO of WaveSplitter Technologies, raising over $75M
in investment capital for the company’s development of optical waveguides in
one of the world’s first 8-inch Silicon PLC wafer fabs. He also held CEO positions at DenseLight
Semiconductor in Singapore, and Xradia, Inc, (now part of Zeiss) in Concord,
California where he led a team that developed the world’s highest resolution
X-ray microscopes, as well as manufacturing the only commercially available
zone-plate lenses for focusing X-ray beams.

Diamond spent 6 years with the Optoelectronics Business Unit
of AT&T Microelectronics (subsequently Lucent Technologies) leading the
company’s expansion into the fast-growing European market before returning to
the US to head up marketing and product management globally. In 1999, Diamond was part of the executive
team for the successful IPO of E-Tek Dynamics and subsequent $15 billion sale
of the company to JDSU. He also  spent 6 years as President of Comet
Technologies; the US subsidiary of Comet A.G. in Switzerland, a manufacturer of
RF Power supplies  for semiconductor
processing tools and X-ray sources and systems for industrial and security

Diamond holds a B.S. in physics from Holy
Cross College and an MBA from Georgetown University