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Alain Harrus, Ph.D.

Alain Harrus, Ph.D.

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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, 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 BS degree in Mathematics and an MS 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.

Conor Madigan, Ph.D.

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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 post-doctoral 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.

Steve Van Slyke

Steve Van Slyke

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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.   A leading authority on OLED technology, his pioneering work has been cited in over 5000 publications and 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.

Eli Vronsky

Eli Vronsky

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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.

Larry Timm

Larry Timm

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Executive Vice President of Customer Satisfaction

Larry joined Kateeva in 2014.

For more than two decades, he has helped US technology companies build strong businesses in Asia and Europe. At venture-backed start-ups and large public corporations, he built international operations, closed complex sales, found new markets for advanced technologies, and facilitated multi-level customer relationships. He has particular expertise in wafer fab process equipment having helped companies like Novellus Systems, Tencor Instruments and Teradyne debut transformational technologies and then engineer speedy sales ramps.

Previously, Larry was a Vice President at Oracle Corp. This followed Oracle’s acquisition of the web business at Empirix Corp., where Larry had served as Vice President and General Manager, among other roles.

Larry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Binghampton University in New York, and a Master’s degree in Management from MIT.  He served in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Officer, departing with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Shoichi (Sho) Ota

Shoichi (Sho) Ota

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Senior Vice President of Operations

Sho joined Kateeva in February 2015.

Previously, he drove manufacturing engineering processes at Bruker Nano Surface. Before Bruker, he was at Molecular Imprints leading the company’s manufacturing growth strategy and supply-chain development, as well as production and customer service operations. He spent nearly 20 years at Applied Materials, first as a Manufacturing Manager, then as Chief Engineer & Director of Manufacturing Engineering. In this final role he led manufacturing processes which included new product commercialization, global sourcing, engineering change management, supplier management and quality assurance. He began his career at Japan Energy as a Project Manager and Engineering Supervisor.

Sho holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University, and an M.S. Degree in Engineering Management from Stanford University in California.

Christopher T. Brown, Ph.D.

Christopher T. Brown, Ph.D.

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Vice President of Process Engineering

Chris joined Kateeva in 2013.

As Process Engineering team leader, he drives product development, IP, commercialization, characterization, and innovation. He also provides technical support for key customers.

Previously, Chris was a Research Chemist at the Eastman Kodak Company in New York. While there, he led the New Chemical Originating Chemist and Commercialization Team that helped develop and commercialize a new OLED Red Dopant (RD3) and device mixed-host architecture.

From Kodak he joined Plextronics, a manufacturer of conductive polymers and inks for use in organic electronic applications. As Director of Material Development, he helped invent and commercialize a multi-bandgap approach to OPV with a 0.99-1.05 V Voc and >6% efficiency and the “crown-jewel” non-aqueous approach to hole-injection layer technology.

Chris earned BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds 27 US patents with 10 international equivalents, and has 22 patents pending. He presents frequently at industry conferences, and has authored more than 34 publications.

Keith Steel

Keith Steel

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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.

Burch Harper

Burch Harper

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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 prominent law firm, Fenwick and West.

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

Jeff Hebb, Ph.D.

Jeff Hebb, Ph.D.

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Vice President of 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.

Mark R. Shaw, Ph.D.

Mark R. Shaw, Ph.D.

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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 4000 regional employees in 15 countries.

Mark holds a B.A. degree in speech from California State University at Hayward. He earned an M.A. degree in speech communication from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. degree in speech communication from Pennsylvania State University.