FARHAD ROSTAMIAN is a seasoned product and business executive successful in scaling technology products from early stage to global leadership position. Currently he is a lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management, teaching courses in Entrepreneurship and New Product Development. Guided by his industry experience, he incorporates many relevant and real world examples of products and companies in his teaching. He has a deep understanding of technology products for the consumer market, and has successfully launched more than 25 such products generating $500 million in annual revenue.
While at Photobit /Micron, Farhad was responsible for all the marketing functions and the product line for smart phone cameras, garnering rapid growth and achieving 35% market share. In that role, he established long-term and highly profitable business across several product lines with industry giants such as Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and Apple. At Interlink Electronics, where he held sensor division P&L responsibility, he revamped the work process and established a new business strategy. Farhad directed and positioned the division to offer customized sensors to the consumer electronics and medical device industries capturing customers such as Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Minimed. More recently, Farhad lived and worked in China modernizing and managing the operations of a Chinese consumer products company.
His leadership skills span from working with executive teams on business planning and strategy to building global teams and application centers for rapid customer acquisition and design-wins. He elicits his multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary competencies in order to build consensus and momentum within cross-functional teams. He invigorates collaboration across the organization and around a shared vision, while driving both top and bottom lines.
Farhad has substantial international business and operations experience across Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has written industry white papers, and is a recognized thought leader on sensors and small cameras. He has represented several companies in conferences and been a speaker on various panels. He holds an MBA and advanced degrees in engineering from UCLA, and five patents. His interests include worldwide travel (40+ countries), scuba diving (250 dives), and gourmet cooking.