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POET Technologies Appoints Thomas R. Mika as Chief Financial Officer

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- POET Technologies Inc. (the “Company” or “POET”) (OTCQX:POETF) (TSX:PTK), a developer of opto-electronics fabrication processes for the semiconductor industry, today announced that Thomas R. Mika has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, effective November 2, 2016. Mika replaces Kevin Barnes, who will remain with the Company as Corporate Controller and Treasurer.

“I am very pleased to announce Tom’s appointment as CFO,” said Suresh Venkatesan, Chief Executive Officer of POET Technologies. “He is an accomplished executive with significant financial and operational expertise and will be an exceptional addition to our senior management team. I would also like to thank Kevin for serving as CFO for the past several years and look forward to maintaining our strong working relationship in his new role.”

Mika currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Rennova Health, the successor company to CollabRx and its predecessor, Tegal Corporation, a semiconductor capital equipment company. Since 2005, he has been the President and CEO, and at times the Acting Chief Financial Officer of CollabRx and Tegal, retaining those positions following its merger with Rennova Health in November 2015. Previously, Mika co-founded IMTEC, a boutique investment and consulting firm, serving clients in the U.S., Europe and Japan over a period of 20 years, taking on the role of CEO in several ventures. Earlier in his career, Mika was a managing consultant with Cresap, McCormick & Paget and a policy analyst for the National Science Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Mika commented, “I am very excited about the opportunity to join POET Technologies. POET is a visionary company that is poised to disrupt optical data communications with its integrated optical solution. With a powerful technology platform, first mover advantage and experienced management team, I believe the Company is well positioned for strong commercial success. I look forward to joining the team and furthering management’s goal of delivering long-term, sustainable shareholder value.”

About POET Technologies Inc.
POET (Planar Opto-Electronic Technology) is a developer of opto-electronics and Photonic fabrication processes and products. Photonics integration is fundamental to increasing functional scaling and lowering the cost of current Photonic solutions. POET believes that its advanced opto-electronics process platform enables substantial improvements in energy efficiency, component cost and size in the production of smart optical components, the engines driving applications ranging from data centers to consumer products to military applications. Silicon Valley-based POET’s patented module-on-a-chip process, which integrates digital, high-speed analog and optical devices on the same chip, is designed to serve as an industry standard for smart optical components. More information may be obtained at www.poet-technologies.com.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(signed) “John F. O’Donnell”, Secretary

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Source: POET Technologies Inc.