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Chief Executive


Robert B. MacKnight – Chief Executive Officer

Mr. MacKnight is a seasoned international business leader with more than 40 years of experience. His dynamic leadership background provides Reno the strategic insight needed for its profitable success. For the last 30 years he has held executive roles with P&L responsibility. His experience includes the successful launch of two startups. In Mr. MacKnight’s past role as president and CEO of Crossing Automation, he oversaw all operational activities. He repositioned the company and renewed its marketing efforts. These activities led to the company’s acquisition by the largest market shareholder. Previously, 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 bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Massachusetts.


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Imran A. Bhutta Ph.D. – Chief Technology Officer & General Manager of RF Technology 

Mr. Bhutta has over 20 years of practical design and management experience. He leads 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 world-class RF Power technology experience to Reno, coupled with sound technical management know-how. Previous positions include president/CEO at Innovation Engineering and VP Engineering-RF at Advanced Energy Industries. Mr. Bhutta received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Frank R. Kohoutek – Senior Vice President of Operations

Mr. Kohoutek is directly responsible for Reno’s facility management, outsourced manufacturing, and IT. He comes to Reno from Mattson Technology where he served as vice president of global operations, which provided him with the industry background and appreciation for the requirements of OEMs within the semiconductor manufacturing industry. During 12 years with Mattson, Mr. Kohoutek progressed within the company to earn numerous 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.

John C. Voltz – Senior Vice President of Business Development

Mr. Voltz is known for delivering value and satisfaction to his customers by building close partnerships and understanding their needs. He brings that mindset to Reno Sub-Systems where he leads the worldwide sales group, delivering critical solutions for next-generation process requirements. An industry veteran with 35 years of semiconductor capital equipment experience, Mr. Voltz has excelled at large, publicly-traded companies, as well as smaller, privately-held companies. Mr. Voltz comes to Reno from Ferrotec’s Temescal division, where he was Business Development Director. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Global Sales and Service for SSEC LLC, until the sale of the company to Veeco. Previous positions include VP Global Field Operations at Genus, Inc. and Matrix Integrated Systems, Inc.; Regional VP North America and Europe for Mattson Technology, Inc.; and various management positions at Silicon Valley Group, Inc. and Plasma and Materials Technologies, Inc.