Reno Sub-Systems has brought together a team of the best and brightest minds in the field of Semiconductor Process Equipment Instrumentation. The executive team has a wide range of interdisciplinary technical, operational, business and management experience. Additionally, our world-class Board of Directors brings a valuable combination of technology and business leadership experience.

Management Team

David Ferran – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Mr. Ferran is a high energy, global business leader with 22 years of Chairman/CEO/President experience and an additional 13 years of M&A advisory and global business development experience in the microelectronics fabrication sector. Mr. Ferran has a proven track record of building and energizing high-performance global management teams, leading companies through the IPO process, executing difficult business turnarounds and finding ways of getting complex M&A transactions completed. As a data-driven, results-oriented leader, Mr. Ferran possesses a strong “customer satisfaction” orientation and an unwavering commitment to the creation of sustainable stakeholder value.

Previous positions include: Managing Director – Noblemen Group Division, President – Mattson Technologies, CEO – Akrion LLC CEO/Chairman- Submicron Systems, CEO/Executive Chairman – Tylan General, President – Vacuum General.

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Jorge Carreno – Senior Vice President of Operations

Mr. Carreno brings 30+ years of expertise to Reno Sub-Systems. He has worked in the defense, aerospace, and semiconductor industries and has core competencies in the areas of Lean Six Sigma manufacturing, materials management, new product introduction, negotiations and strategic sourcing. Mr. Carreno has successfully delivered results in large complex organizations serving a broad range of global industries and operational processes.

Previous positions include: VP of Global Supply Chain and Aftermarket – Axcelis Technologies, Director of Strategic Sourcing – Axcelis Technologies, – Program Manager Center of Excellence – Raytheon Corporation, Business Unit Manager – Allied Signal Aerospace.
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Christopher Davis – Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing and Co-Founder

Mr. Davis is a results-oriented visionary and entrepreneur. From his chemical engineering base, he has spent his entire 29-year career in the semiconductor industry. During that time, Mr. Davis has designed, launched, founded, patented and sold disruptive technology and profitable products that are found in every fab in the world today. With his proven communication skills, Mr. Davis is a leader that inspires and builds global teams and strategies that provide differentiation and solutions to this high technology market.

Previous positions include: Vice President Sales – Dakota Systems, Vice President Sales – HoribaSTEC President, CEO and co-founder – Fugasity Corporation (Purchased by HoribaSTEC), President – Aztech Controls (co-founder of Fugasity).

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Jeff Spencer – Director Finance/Business Development and Co-Founder

Mr. Spencer has a strong background in business, investment banking and economics. With a Master’s in Economics from the University of the Balearic Islands, he has worked in Spain, the US and Canada in both private and public sectors. Mr. Spencer is now working toward his Ph.D. in Economics and is fluent in French and Spanish.

Previous positions include: Project Director – Department of Economic Development, Nova Scotia, Canada, Senior Financial Analyst – Noblemen Group, Managing Director – Spencer Economic Consulting, Investment Banking Analyst – Lomax Group.

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Imran Bhutta – Chief Technology Officer, RF Power & Matching Network Products and Co-Founder

Mr. Bhutta, with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, and over 20 years of practical design and management experience, Mr. Bhutta will lead Reno’s multi-disciplinary groups in the design of RF Power systems. Previous products designed by Mr. Bhutta and his teams are now sold by some of the largest and most successful players in the global market. Mr. Bhutta’s executive experience includes managing and coordinating the high-level interactions between engineering, operations and financial organizations. With a strong customer-centered product development approach, Mr. Bhutta brings to Reno world class RF Power technology coupled with sound technical management experience.

Previous positions include: President/CEO – Innovation Engineering, VP Engineering-RF – Advanced Energy Industries.

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Daniel Mudd – Chief Technology Officer, Gas Delivery Products and Co-Founder

Daniel Mudd has been working in the equipment side of semiconductor chip fabrication for more than 22 years. During this time, he has focused primarily on the heartbeat of the gas and fluid delivery system in the design and manufacturing of Mass Flow Controllers (MFC’s). This development and design has led to well over 50 US and International patents, and more than five patent applications in process. His patents are now in place in the three large MFC companies.

Previous Positions include: CTO – Dakota Systems Inc., Vice President of Advanced Technology – HoribaSTEC, Vice President of Engineering – Fugasity Engineering, Manager – Tylan General, Product Manager – DXL Section, Manager – Boeing Aircraft, Plant Engineering/Maintenance Supervisor – General Motors.

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Robert Ferran – Chief Technology Officer, Vacuum Instrumentation and Co-Founder

Mr. Ferran’s experience in the design of highly sophisticated measurement and control instrumentation dates back to the 1960’s. While still a student at MIT, Mr. Ferran worked to pioneer new vacuum measurement technologies that are still extensively used in the Microelectronics industry today. As a passionate entrepreneur, Mr. Ferran has founded and led several leading-edge technology companies.

Previous positions include: Founder/CEO – Electro-Mariner Corp, Founder/CEO – Ion Metrics, Founder/CEO-Ferran Scientific, Co- Founder/CTO-Tylan General, Founder/Chairman-Vacuum General, Chief Scientist-MKS Instruments, Co-Founder/Chief Scientist–Datametrics Corp.

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Fred Hsia – President, Taiwan

Mr. Hsia has over 26 years of hands-on career experience in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, from wafer processing to downstream test and assembly. Mr. Hsia’s executive vision is derived from more than 18 years in managing many different engineering teams for businesses in the challenging and dynamic Greater China and SEA regions. Mr. Hsia works on new strategic developments for component and equipment businesses to exceed customer expectations.

Previous position include: VP and GM – Kinetics Systems Greater China; VP and GM – Mega Fluid Systems, Greater China; VP and GM – Celerity Greater China and SEA; Managing Director and GM – Kinetics Greater China; GM – Akrion Greater China; Marketing Manager – Millipore Taiwan; GM – Tylan General Greater China; Project Manager – Jones-Mansville Minnesota; Engineering supervisor – RCA Solid State Taiwan.

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Walter Zens – Vice President, Europe

Mr. Zens brings over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor equipment and industrial automation business. He combines visionary thinking with results-oriented management. Mr. Zens excels in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to develop advanced technologies in the instrumentation sector as well as in communications systems. He demonstrates strong management skills and has led European operations through challenging transitions. Mr. Zens has a track record in high-level management consultancy, with a focus on helping smaller companies addressing a global market place and enter strategic partnerships.

Previous positions include: European Business Development – ILS Technology, Senior Executive Adviser – Noblemen Group, European Market Director – Kinetics, Director of Product Engineering – Millipore, Managing Director – Tylan General, Germany Product Manager – Veeco Instruments Germany.

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DY Park – Vice President, Asia Operations

Mr. Park’s 35+ years of experience includes the formation and management of several high profile companies in Korea and development of effective sales, service and distribution channels in the region. He has extensive experience in all aspects of strategic business development and in building and managing high growth companies in Korea. Mr. Park was plant manager of the first wafer fabrication house in Korea in the 1970’s.

Previous positions include: Senior Executive Advisor – Noblemen Group, President and CEO – Akrion Korea Ltd., President and CEO- Tylan Genera Korea, President – Lam Research Korea, Director of Manufacturing – DuPont Electronics Korea.

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Victor Huang – Technical Support Manager, Taiwan

Mr. Huang is a Senior Manager with 20 years of semiconductor and industrial coating experience. Mr. Huang has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and that combined with his excellent communication skills enable him to provide solutions to the Taiwan semiconductor customers and global OEMs.

Previous positions include: Service Manager – MKS Taiwan, Senior Manager – Advanced Energy, Taiwan Service Supervisor – ENI Taiwan.

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Board of Directors

Don Whitson – Chairman

Managing Director – Noblemen Group

Mr. Whitson has been building, owning, guiding, and investing in mid-market manufacturing companies for his entire career. As co-founder and CEO of Span Instruments in the mid-1970’s, Mr. Whitson built Span into an instrumentation manufacturing company serving a broad range of industries, including semiconductor manufacturing. In 1996 the company merged with publicly traded Tylan General. After the sale of Tylan General to Millipore Corporation, Mr. Whitson invested in many successful private manufacturing companies. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Whitson was Chairman of Authentix, which was later acquired by Carlyle Group. Subsequently, Mr. Ferran and Mr. Whitson have worked together to build a strong Noblemen Group. Mr. Whitson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in finance.

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Rod C. Fallow

President – Swagelok Northern California

Mr. Fallow has enjoyed a long and varied career with the Swagelok organization, starting in Canada, and with international experience in sales, distribution, manufacturing, and marketing. Mr. Fallow was the President and owner of Swagelok Sunnyvale until 2010 when he oversaw the merger of the company with Oakland Valve and Fitting. Prior to that, Mr. Fallow was the Vice President of Marketing for Swagelok Company in Ohio. Mr. Fallow is also on the board of Living Classroom, a non-profit educational organization. Mr. Fallow attended the University of Alberta, and graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

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Joe Cestari

President – Total Facility Solutions, Inc. (a company of the M+W Group)

Joe Cestari has more than 27 years of high technology industry experience, including semiconductor device design, process and equipment engineering, and supply chain management. Recently, Mr. Cestari held executive level positions at ILS Technology, and at Kinetics where he was instrumental in establishing the company’s infrastructure throughout Asia. Mr. Cestari served as President of a noted joint venture (TRiMEGA) between Kinetics Electronics and Air Products and Chemicals, and previously held management and technical positions with Tylan General, Applied Materials, and Advanced Micro Devices. Mr. Cestari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Baylor University, and has completed graduate studies in international business and the management of technology.

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Robert B. MacKnight

President and CEO (retired) – Astute Networks

Bob MacKnight is a seasoned international business leader with more than 40 years of experience, over 30 of which were executive positions with P&L responsibility, and included two startups. Mr. MacKnight was president and CEO of Crossing Automation, where he oversaw all operational activities, including repositioning the company and renewing its marketing efforts. These activities led to the company’s acquisition by the largest market shareholder. Prior to Crossing, he served as president and COO at Mattson, where he spearheaded operational activities, led manufacturing and the product groups, and was responsible for the company’s global business operations. Before joining Mattson, Mr. MacKnight spent 3 1/2 years at Microbar Inc., where he was president and chief operating officer. He has also held senior management positions with Cymer Inc., Watkins-Johnson Semiconductor Equipment Group, Atkis Corp., Peak Systems and Eaton Corp. Mr. MacKnight holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

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Dr. Joseph Stach

Retired Vice President – Advanced Energy Industries

Dr. Joseph Stach served as the Chairman, President and CEO of Advanced Energy Voorhees, Inc. (formerly RF Power Products Inc.) starting in 1992. Dr. Stach served as Vice President of Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. from October 1998 to 2003, and also served as Senior Vice President of Advanced Energy. Dr. Stach served as Executive Director for the Center for Microelectronics Research at the University of South Florida from 1988 to 1991. Dr. Stach was a professor of electrical engineering at Penn State University from 1967 to 1984, and has extensive experience in the development and commercialization of power electronics and power supplies. Dr. Stach is a Director of AVX Corp., Semilab SDI LLC, Semiconductor Diagnostics Inc., Waveguide Solutions, Inc. and Verteq Inc., and was the first Executive Director of the Massachusetts Technology Park until 1987. Dr. Stach received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

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