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Finisar Tries 'Two in a Box'

It's not as hilarious as a mismatched-buddy movie, but it's going to be interesting to see how the "two-in-a-box" approach works at the new Finisar Corp. (Nasdaq: FNSR).

With the merger of Finisar and Optium complete, the company is now being run by both sides' former CEOs, Jerry Rawls and Eitan Gertel.

Rawls technically has rank on Gertel, being chairman, but but both men say they intend to split the running of the company, trying hard not to give contradictory marching orders. (See Finisar & Optium Challenge JDSU and Finisar vs JDSU.)

And the new Finisar got off to a slightly bumpy start. Revenues for the old Finisar half will be flat for at least a quarter, as the company predicted last week. Luckily, Optium can pick up the slack. Teamwork! (See Finisar Enjoys Optium Growth.)

Right after that earnings report, Light Reading got a chance to sit with Gertel to discuss how he and Rawls intend to work together. Gertel also offered some thoughts on Finisar's future plans and what Optium would have done without the merger.

Read the full interview here.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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