Dr. Krish Prabhu

Engineer, President and CEO of Tellabs

Krishnanand Prabhu

M.Sc., 1975, Physics, IIT Bombay
Venture Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures
Krishnanand Prabhu (Krish Prabhu) obtained his M.Sc. in physics from IIT Bombay in 1975 and completed his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and his Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980 from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thereafter he went to work as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, specializing in the area of Image Coding. In 1984, he moved to Dallas, Texas and joined Rockwell International, where he was involved in the design and development of various Telecom products, related to Microwave and Optical Communications.

Krish Prabhu joined Alcatel in 1991 when it acquired Rockwell’s telecommunication business and held various positions, including Chief Technical Officer of its US operations, Senior Executive Vice President and Member of Executive Committee, CEO of Alcatel Americas and Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel before he resigned from it in August 2001. Currently he is working as a Venture Partner with Morgenthaler Ventures and he is also on the board of several companies.

Dr. Krish Prabhu has been active in various educational and community initiatives. As the Chairman of the Development Board of the University of Texas, Dallas, he has helped raise more than $10 million for the School of Engineering. He was an active member of The Dallas Together Forum, an organization devoted to creating business opportunities for small and minority suppliers. He is currently a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering’s Board of Visitors and is active with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE).