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</p><h3>Iliya Pesic</h3><p>

</p><h3>Dr. Babak Taheri</h3><p>

</p><h3>Kathy Pesic</h3><p>

</p><h3>Iliya Pesic</h3><p>

Dr. Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre

Dr. Babak Taheri

Kathy Pesic

Iliya Pesic

Chairman of the Board
CEO/CTO
Co-Founder and Director of the Board
Board Member

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</p><h3>Anthony Ngai</h3><p>

   

Anthony Ngai

   
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Dr. Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre

Chairman of the Board

Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre was the President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Nanometrics from November 2017 till October 2019. He served as CEO through the company’s merger with Rudolph Technologies, completed on October 25, 2019 to form Onto Innovation. Nanometrics is a leading provider of high-performance process control metrology and inspection systems used primarily in the fabrication of integrated circuits, sensors, discrete components, high-brightness LEDs, and data storage devices worldwide.

From January 2012 to February 2017, Dr. Lesaicherre was CEO of Lumileds, a leading global light engine company, with revenues in excess of $2 billion, that supplies high-quality LED components to the downstream segments of the lighting and consumer industries as well as LED and conventional lamps to the automotive industry.

Prior to that, Dr. Lesaicherre served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Microcontrollers & Logic Business Lines in the High-Performance Mixed Signal Business Unit at NXP. In earlier roles, he served as General Manager of several business lines and product lines, including Standard ICs, Interface Products, Specialty Logic and PC Motherboard ICs. Before NXP, Dr. Lesaicherre was with Philips Semiconductors. Prior to NXP, Dr. Lesaicherre served as Research Engineer and then Process Technology Development Manager for NEC Corporation in Japan.

Dr. Lesaicherre holds an MBA with a focus on International Business and Strategy from INSEAD, and has an MS degree and a PhD degree in Material Science from the Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP). He is a Governance Fellow for NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and an active member of NACD and SVDX (Silicon Valley Director’s Exchange).

Dr. Babak Taheri

CEO/CTO

Babak Taheri is the CEO at Silvaco Inc., a leading provider of TCAD, EDA, and design IP software. He began his career at Silvaco as chief technical officer and executive vice-president of products. Previously, he was the CEO / president of IBT working with investors, private equity firms, and startups on M&A, technology, and business diligence.

While at IBT, he served on advisory boards of MEMS World Summit, Novasentis, AGCM, ALEA labs, Lion Point Capital, and Silver Lake. Prior to IBT, he was the VP & GM of the sensor solutions division at Freescale semiconductor (now NXP).

Babak was the recipient of ”the perfect project award” in 2003 while at Cypress; Twice recipient of the “Diamond Chip Award” in 2013 /14 while at Freescale; recipient of the MEMS & Sensors executive of the year award in 2014, and in 2015 was the recipient of the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Medal from UC. Davis College of Engineering, where he is on the advisory board to the college.

He also held VP/GM roles at Cypress Semiconductors, Invensense (now TDK) and key roles at SRI International and Apple. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from UC Davis with majors in EECS and Neurosciences, has over 20 published articles and holds 28 issued patents.

Iliya Pesic

Iliya Pesic

Board Member

Iliya Pesic is a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Silvaco, he worked for many years in the TCAD, semiconductor, MEMS and biomedical industries, most recently as a senior process engineer of a fabrication facility.

Pesic obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and continued his education at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, where he obtained a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Electronic Engineering under the guidance of Professor Fujio Masuoka, the inventor of flash memory.

Anthony Ngai

Board Member

Anthony Ngai is a member of the Board of Directors. Before joining Silvaco, he was a senior investment banker and spent 15 years at JPMorgan on Wall Street, London and Hong Kong offices. He was most recently the head of the firm’s Asia Pacific trading division.

Anthony obtained a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and continued his education at Harvard Business School.

Currently, Anthony serves on various boards and investment committees including the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Noel Croucher Prize Endowment Fund and Chung Chi College.

Kathy Pesic

Co-Founder and Director of the Board, Silvaco

Kathy Pesic co-founded Silvaco along with Ivan Pesic in 1984. Since then, Silvaco has grown to become the largest privately held EDA company. She is currently on the Board of Directors and manages the day-to-day functions of the company. She is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. She focused on VLSI process technology, especially bipolar, CMOS and high-frequency devices, during her 25-year tenure at Hewlett-Packard. Kathy is also the Founder and President of a real estate investment company, Kipee International. She serves as the President of Marriott Business Owners Association and is a Board member for DOTT Limited, a company in the IoT space that focuses on creative solutions for pet owners.

Kathy holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.

Carlos Mazure

Dr. Carlos Mazure

Board Member

Dr. Carlos Mazure is Chairman and Executive Director of the SOI Industry Consortium and Executive Vice President of Soitec. Prior to joining Soitec, he held executive roles at Infineon Technologies AG and at Motorola Semiconductors.

In addition to his business leadership experience, Dr. Mazure has an in-depth understanding of semiconductor technology with more than 100 patents filed worldwide and has authored over 120 scientific papers. He holds two PhDs in physics, one from the University of Grenoble, France, and the other from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.