Business 100 - 2011

Conrad Burke/DuPont Innovalight

Conrad Burke founded Innovalight in 2005 and served as the president and CEO until August 2011, when DuPont acquired the company. He now serves as general manager of DuPont Innovalight. Conrad’s career has provided him with extensive experience in research and development, product management, marketing, and sales. He has worked with leading global organizations like NEC and AT&T, and abroad, with operations in Germany, U.K., and Japan. Before founding Innovalight, Conrad was the SVP of Worldwide Sales for Oclaro and was a venture partner at Sevin Rosen Funds.

He has been recognized for his work, receiving the Technology Pioneer Award for cleantech innovations from the World Economic Forum. In 2010, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese presented him with The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Conrad, who was born in Dublin and raised in Co. Wicklow, is “very proud to have been born in Ireland.” He received his MS in physics from Trinity College Dublin and his BS in physics from University College Dublin. Conrad also attended The London Business School.