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.
Conor Madigan, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
Conor co-founded Kateeva in 2008. He served as the company’s first CEO, securing several rounds of funding and growing the company from a team of three MIT PhD graduates to more than 100 global employees.
In 2013, Conor recruited Alain Harrus to the CEO role, and became Kateeva’s President. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Today, Conor is responsible for technology R&D, applications, product development, marketing, new business development and M&A. In addition, he serves as the executive business partner for Kateeva’s IP portfolio development.
Before Kateeva, Conor was a postdoctoral Research Scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for almost two decades. He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering. In 2017, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the importance of a robust intellectual property system in building a strong and vibrant U.S. economy.
In 2016, Conor was named “Inventor of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2015, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. Shortly after co-founding Kateeva, he appeared on the 2010 TR35 list. Published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, the prestigious list names top technology innovators under the age of 35.
Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, both in Electrical Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer
Marc joined Kateeva in January 2018.
As COO, he helps drive Kateeva’s operational performance as a technology leader and key enabler of the global display industry.
Marc has spent three decades working in the semiconductor industry. As group vice president of worldwide operations and supply chain for Applied Materials from 2013-2016, he led a team of thousands of people in factories across the globe, with an annual multi-billion-dollar spend. From his base in Singapore, he directed supply chain operations, volume manufacturing, new product manufacturing, quality and logistics to support the company’s semiconductor systems, display and energy business segments.
Before that, he was corporate vice president of global product operations at Lam Research. While there, he directed the integration of products, product operations, and product development processes including Lam’s acquisition of Novellus Systems, as well as its acquisition of Austria-based SEZ. During this time, he also served as vice president/managing director of SEZ.
Immediately prior to Kateeva, Marc was EVP of global operations and engineering at Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company. He began his career in 1987 as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. After that, he held operations roles with increasing responsibility at Applied Materials and Lam Research.
Marc holds a BS degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He earned his MBA with a special focus on international/Asia business strategy from the University of California Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore (UCLA/NUS Executive MBA Program).
Steve Van Slyke
Chief Technology Officer Emeritus
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 2018. Steve was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his co-invention of the OLED device. In May 2013, he was acknowledged for his lifetime OLED achievements by the Consumer Electronics Association when he was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.
Steve received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in materials science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
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.
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
May joined Kateeva in January 2018.
As a member of the leadership team, she helps set and execute the strategy for global growth. In her CMO role, she works closely with Kateeva customers on existing applications, and leads programs to extend the company’s YIELDjet deposition equipment solutions to new applications.
A seasoned semiconductor industry executive, May has worked with technology leaders like KLA-Tencor and Lam Research, implementing strategic growth initiatives that strengthened revenue pipelines and enhanced company success. Previous roles in her three-decade career include: Vice President of Corporate Marketing at KLA-Tencor, Product General Manager at Lam Research, President of US and European Operations at Nova Instruments, VP of Strategic Marketing at Brooks Automation, and VP/GM at Crossing Automation and Aviza Technology.
May holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
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.
Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations
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.
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.