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Alain Harrus, Ph.D.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

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Alain Harrus, Ph.D.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Alain joined Kateeva in 2013.

Previously, he was a Partner at Crosslink Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital company where he led the firm’s semiconductor and energy technology investment activities.

Before turning to venture capital, Alain developed breakthrough process technologies that kept semiconductor manufacturers on track with Moore’s Law—first as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, and later as Chief Technology Officer at Novellus Systems—now part of Lam Research. There, he championed a total copper metallization solution for advanced semiconductor manufacturing—a disruptive move that made Novellus a category leader and helped catapult the company across the $1 billion revenue threshold.

As an investor, Alain focused on early-stage science-based hardware companies developing challenging technologies. An engaged Board member, he advised executive teams on strategic growth initiatives, particularly technology roadmap development, product and commercialization strategies, and infrastructure, as well as fund-raising, valuation, and exits.

Alain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Paris XI at Orsay, France, as well as a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and is a co-inventor on six patents.


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Conor Madigan, Ph.D.

President & Chief Operating Officer

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Conor Madigan, Ph.D.

President & Chief Operating Officer

Conor co-founded Kateeva in 2008.

Beyond leading the company’s technology development and commercialization initiatives, Conor has helped grow Kateeva from a team of less than 10 to more than 300 global employees, while helping to secure several financing rounds to support the growth.

Before Kateeva, Conor was a postdoctoral Research Scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for more than a decade. He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering.

In 2016, Conor was named “Inventor of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. Before that, he was named a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. In 2010, he appeared on the prestigious TR35 list. Published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, the list names top technology innovators under the age of 35.

Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a Ph.D. from MIT. Both degrees are in Electrical Engineering.


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Steve Van Slyke

Chief Technology Officer

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Steve Van Slyke

Chief Technology Officer

Steve joined Kateeva in 2010.

He is recognized as a co-inventor of OLED technology and held a variety of positions at Eastman Kodak over a 30-year career. He has been active in all phases of OLED technology, from basic research on organic materials to the development of manufacturing technologies for high-volume OLED display production. Most recently he managed the white OLED projects at Kodak for solid state lighting and displays.

Steve has published and presented over 40 papers and holds over 35 patents in the areas of OLED materials and device architecture. As a leading authority on OLED technology, his pioneering work has been cited in over 5,000 publications; he has received significant recognition for his contributions to the field.


In May 2013, Steve was acknowledged for his lifetime OLED achievements by the Consumer Electronics Association when he was inducted into the 2013 Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, along with 14 other industry leaders.


Steve received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in materials science from Rochester Institute of Technology.


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Eli Vronsky

Chief Product Officer

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Eli Vronsky

Chief Product Officer

Eli joined Kateeva in 2008.

For more than two decades, he has developed high-performance industrial printing systems for the graphic arts, electronics, and flat panel display industries. He was founder and CEO of PixDro Ltd., a pioneer in the development of inkjet systems for plastic electronics and display applications. Before PixDro, he was Co-founder and Vice President of R&D at Aprion Digital, a world leader in industrial inkjet systems for large-format graphic arts printing. The company was subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard.

Eli began his career at Scitex Corporation, where he rose to the position of Vice President of R&D for output imaging systems. Scitex is now a subsidiary of Kodak.

Eli received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University.  He holds more than 20 patents.  He is a former fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force.


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Stephen (Steve) Going

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, & Secretary

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Stephen (Steve) Going

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, & Secretary

Steve joined Kateeva in 2016.

He has held executive roles at several publicly traded global technology companies where he applied his commercial savvy, legal expertise, and understanding of finance to drive growth and shareholder value. Prior to Kateeva, he was Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Planar Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed supplier of display and digital signage solutions based in Oregon. In his nine-year tenure, he managed the company’s worldwide legal affairs and oversaw all intellectual property and M&A activities, including the sale of Planar Systems to Leyard Optoelectronic Ltd. in 2015.

Before Planar Systems, Steve was VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Merix Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed manufacturer of printed circuit boards. He held the same role at Merant PLC, a software company listed on the Nasdaq, as well as the London Stock Exchange. He managed the sale of Merant to Serena Software in 2004. Prior to Merant, Steve was a Partner in the Portland office of Perkins Coie LLP, a large international law firm. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Chevron Corporation.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Oregon State University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar.


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Tom Wu

Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Service

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Tom Wu

Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Service

Tom joined Kateeva in 2017.

A seasoned sales executive, he brings a record of achievement leading business activities in Asia for large global capital equipment companies.

Before Kateeva, Tom was VP of World Wide Sales, Service and Spares Operations at ASM International. As a member of the senior management team and the architect of the sales and service organization, he helped penetrate marquee customer accounts, especially in Asia, which propelled ASM to major supplier status. Under his leadership, protocols were established to streamline communications across sales, marketing, engineering and operations. The increased business efficiencies helped drive revenue and improve customer satisfaction. Tom’s previous positions included VP of Worldwide Sales and Operations at ESI in Oregon, and VP of China and South East Asia Operations at KLA-Tencor. Before that, he spent nearly a decade at Novellus Systems in executive roles that included President of Greater China and Southeast Asia Operations. He began his career at Motorola Semiconductor Products, rising from Engineer to become Engineering Manager at the company’s CS-1 wafer fab facility in Tempe, Arizona.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, and an Master of Science degree, also in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. He has authored several publications and is named on two patents. He’s fluent in Chinese/Mandarin.


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Mark R. Shaw, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

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Mark R. Shaw, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Mark joined Kateeva in 2016.

Previously, he was at Lam Research where he served as Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for sales, service, and manufacturing. He led organization and talent initiatives that included succession, employee development, sales capability, and field technical resources. Following Lam’s acquisition of Novellus Systems, he helped establish new organization structures and select new leaders. He also designed and implemented employee retention programs.

Before Lam, Mark spent nearly 15 years at Applied Materials. He ended his tenure there as HR VP for the international sales and marketing organization, supporting 4,000 regional employees in 15 countries.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from California State University at Hayward. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Speech Communication from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Speech Communication from Pennsylvania State University.


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Keith Steel

Vice President of Finance

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Keith Steel

Vice President of Finance

Keith joined Kateeva in 2014.

A seasoned finance executive, Keith has held various accounting and financial management roles in the global high-tech sector for nearly two decades. Previously, as Corporate Controller at energy start-up, Cogenra Solar, he drove successful equity fund-raising efforts, debt financing negotiations, and government grant applications. Before Cogenra, he was at semiconductor capital equipment giant, Novellus Systems. He served as Sales Controller, responsible for revenue recognition and deal structuring on >$1 billion of annual revenues, as well as Director of Finance. In addition, he was Project Manager on an 18-month initiative to restructure Novellus’ international operations in Europe and Asia. He began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, first as an auditor in the high-tech practice in San Jose, CA, then as an expatriate audit manager in PWC’s multinational practice in Taipei, Taiwan.

Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Riverside, and a master’s degree in Accounting from San Jose State University. He holds CPA and CMA licenses.


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Burch Harper

Vice President of Intellectual Property

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Burch Harper

Vice President of Intellectual Property

Burch joined Kateeva in 2016.

Previously, he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for IP Licensing and Technology Transactions at Rambus Inc. A key architect of the company’s patent strategy, he negotiated and drafted license agreements with leading global semiconductor manufacturers, while also developing and implementing Rambus’ litigation strategy. Before Rambus, he was Associate General Counsel/Senior Director at Silicon Image, Inc., where he managed the patent portfolio and oversaw the company’s IP prosecution strategy. Prior to that, he was a Senior Counsel at Sun Microsystems, where he crafted semiconductor and related licensing agreements, as well as JDAs and OEM contracts.

He began his legal career as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, DC, before moving to Silicon Valley to join the prominent law firm, Fenwick and West.

Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.


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Jeff Hebb, Ph.D.

Vice President of Global Marketing

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Jeff Hebb, Ph.D.

Vice President of Global Marketing

Jeff joined Kateeva in 2016.

Previously, he worked at Applied Materials as Director of Product Marketing for the Front-End Products Business Unit. He drove key growth-related initiatives for epitaxy, rapid thermal processing, and plasma oxidation/nitridation product lines. Before Applied, he spent a decade at Ultratech, Inc., first as Director of Laser Product Technology, then VP of Worldwide Technology Transfer. He ended his tenure as VP of Marketing for the Laser Products Division. He began his career at Axcelis as Principal Scientist and Director of Process Technology in the Thermal Systems Division.

Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia. He obtained master’s and Ph.D. degrees, both in mechanical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds six US patents and has authored more than 30 publications.


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Lonnie Ellingson

Vice President of Manufacturing

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Lonnie Ellingson

Vice President of Manufacturing

Lonnie joined Kateeva in 2017.

He brings two decades of manufacturing and operations leadership to the company. He has deep expertise in creating and scaling organizations and infrastructure that provide the operational foundation for global capital equipment companies to deliver complex products to Fortune 100 international customers.

Prior to Kateeva, Lonnie worked at Lam Research as Director of Manufacturing at the company’s Livermore operations, which delivered critical process module platforms for Lam’s etch systems business. While there, he developed and executed strategies that enabled the most significant ramp in operational capability in the company’s history. Under his leadership, supply-chain response time to critical issues and material flow was substantially improved, which helped Lam maintain its reputation for world-class customer satisfaction. Prior to Lam, Lonnie spent nearly 10 years at ESI in Oregon in manufacturing, operations, and general management roles. He ended his tenure there as Director of the OEx Group, helping to identify, develop and deploy business management practices and processes focused on improving corporate capability and profitability. Before ESI, he spent two years at MicroVision in Minneapolis, where he directed the final segment of a major manufacturing operations overhaul.

Lonnie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.


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