The CERES Team

Linda Smith

Linda has more than 25 years experience in merger & acquisition advisory, strategic marketing, product management, sales, engineering, and business valuation. She founded Ceres in 2005 to serve photonics technology companies that were underserved by existing investment banks and business brokerages.

At CERES, Linda sources and leads buy and sell side M & A advisory engagements with clients spanning a full spectrum of photonics enabled markets – from multi billion dollar corporations and private equity firms to entrepreneur-operated privately held companies.  She completed the FINRA Series 79 Registered Investment Banking Representative exam.

Linda has demonstrated success in identifying market opportunities, developing new products and managing inorganic and organic growth for both public and private companies. Her operating experience crosses a wide breadth of markets – from optical components and lasers to clinical and analytical instrumentation and medical devices to pharmaceutical and semiconductor equipment. She held senior marketing and sales management positions at market leaders, Thermo Electron/Newport/Spectra Physics, and QIOPTIQ/Excelitas. She also held executive marketing positions at emerging, venture capital funded companies commercializing silicon based integrated optics and MEMS technologies.

She is a member of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM.  She is a recognized leader in the photonics community. As Fellow of SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, she serves on its Financial Advisory Committee, chaired numerous technical conferences in biophotonics and is frequent lecturer in technology entrepreneurship.

B.S., University of Rochester, Optics and Mathematics
M.B.A., Babson College
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA)

Korina McKeown
Financial Analyst

Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors – Finance, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Korina supports M&A advisory and business valuation engagements. Her finance education coupled with hands-on management experience are key assets to CERES’ team.