Management

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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.

Donald Farrell – VP of Controller

Mr. Farrell is a results-driven financial leader with more than 25 years of progressive experience in financial management within startups and global multi-million-dollar organizations. To Reno, he brings extensive experience in financial reporting, cash management, integrated systems, financial leadership and company transitions. Mr. Farrell has had great success in streamlining business operations that drive growth and increase efficiency and bottom-line profit. As a CPA, Don began his career in Silicon Valley with Deloitte and Touche in the Emerging Business Division providing consulting and audit services for high tech start-ups and early growth companies. Prior to Reno Sub-Systems, he worked at Skagen Designs as Group Controller (CFO), St. Mary’s Health Network as Corporate Controller, DXR Imaging as CFO, PAMF, and Deloitte and Touche.

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

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 Kohoutek – 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 Voltz – Vice President of Worldwide Sales

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.

Christopher Davis – Senior Vice President, GM Flow Products & 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.