Management

Robert B. MacKnight – Chief Executive Officer

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, Aktis Corp., Peak Systems and Eaton Corp. Mr. MacKnight holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts.

Christopher Davis – Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Co-Founder

Mr. Davis is a results-oriented visionary and entrepreneur. From his chemical engineering base, he has spent his entire 30+ 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. Mr. Davis’ prior experience includes Vice President Sales at Dakota Systems, Vice President Sales at HoribaSTEC, President, CEO and co-founder of Fugasity Corporation (purchased by HoribaSTEC) and President of Aztech Controls, which co-founded Fugasity.

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 at Innovation Engineering and VP Engineering-RF at Advanced Energy Industries.

Frank Kohoutek – Vice President of Operations

Mr. Kohoutek has direct responsibility for facility management, outsourced manufacturing, and IT. He comes to Reno from Mattson Technology where he served as vice president of global operations, providing him the industry background and appreciation for the requirements of OEMs within the semiconductor manufacturing industry. During 12 years with Mattson, Mr. Kohoutek held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to Mattson, Mr. Kohoutek worked for Bell Industries, Solid State Devices, Tritek Engineering & Manufacturing, and Bytex Corporation. He holds an AS in Electronics from Citrus Junior College and a BS in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University.