Diane Bryant Named to Celestial AI Board

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SANTA CLARA, CA – April 29, 2024 – Optical interconnect company Celestial AI today announced the appointment of Diane Bryant to the company’s board of directors effective April 11, 2024.

With more than 30 years of semiconductor, AI and public and private company experience, Bryant currently serves as an independent board member at Broadcom and Haemonetics. She previously served on the United Technologies Corp (UTC) board of directors from 2016 to 2020 where she was a member of the board’s audit and finance committees. In addition to her board appointments, she also serves as the chair of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Board of Advisors.

Bryant was formerly the chairman and CEO of medical technology and data company NovaSignal. During her tenure, she helped to raise three rounds of VC funding and departed alongside the sale of the company in 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Diane to our board of directors,” said David Lazovsky, Celestial AI founder and CEO. “Diane’s extensive experience as a technology industry leader, CEO and board member make her an ideal addition to the Celestial AI team. Her leadership experience at Google, Intel and Broadcom will be tremendous assets in this phase of commercialization and deployment of our Photonic Fabric technology with leading hyperscale data center customers. We are also honored to have another game-changing leader who represents the power of women in tech. We look forward to working closely with Diane as we continue on our path to bring light to computing interconnectivity.”

Prior to joining NovaSignal, Bryant served as the Chief Operating Officer of Google Cloud, where she focused on accelerating the scale and reach of Google Cloud’s business, including industry engagement, customer adoption, enterprise cloud strategy and global supply chain. Additionally, Bryant was also responsible for Alphabet’s information technology organization. Before Google, Bryant spent 32 years at Intel, the last five of which she served as Group President of Intel’s Data Center Group where she helped grow the business to $19 billion in revenue in 2017. Before becoming Group President, Bryant was Intel’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, responsible for the corporate-wide information technology solutions and services that enable Intel’s business.

“I am honored to join the Celestial AI Board at a time when the Artificial Intelligence landscape is in desperate need of a disruptive technology like the Photonic Fabric,” said Bryant. “AI training and inference requirements continue to grow at an unprecedented pace, leaving hyperscalers and traditional data centers pushed beyond the limits of performance and economic efficiency. Celestial AI’s Photonic Fabric removes these barriers as the only industry solution with the ability to bring optical interconnectivity to Accelerated Computing that can eliminate the AI “Memory Wall”. I look forward to collaborating with the Celestial AI team and contributing my industry experience and network to help the company continue its monumental growth.”

In addition to her extensive leadership and board experience, Bryant has received several prestigious awards and accolades throughout her career. Most recently in 2020, Becker’s Healthcare named her as one of seven “mover and shaker” leaders affecting health IT. Business Insider also ranked Bryant #6 among the Most Powerful Female Engineers in 2018. She was also named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2015 and 2016.

Bryant continues to remain a tireless advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in the fields of engineering and technology. She established the Diane Bryant Engineering Student Center at her alma mater the University of California-Davis, as well as the Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center at the American River Community College. Bryant received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from U.C. Davis, completed an Executive Program from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds four U.S. patents in mobile computing.

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