JDSU has appointed Penny Herscher to its board of directors.

Herscher is the president and CEO of research firm FirstRain. Prior to joining FirstRain, Herscher was EVP and CMO at Cadence Design Systems. From 1996 to 2002, she was the president and CEO of Simplex Solutions, which was acquired by Cadence in 2002.

Before Simplex, she was an executive at Synopsys for eight years and started her career as an R&D engineer with Texas Instruments.

Herscher serves on the board of directors of FirstRain and Rambus.

"I am pleased to welcome Penny Herscher to our board of directors, and we look forward to her contributions and insight," said Martin Kaplan, chairman of the board for JDSU. "Her extensive background in leading high-growth technology companies is relevant to JDSU as we continue to improve our business model and create additional operating leverage for the future."

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