Chief Executive Officer
May joined Kateeva in 2018.
She is responsible for setting and executing Kateeva’s strategy for global growth. Before being named CEO in March 2020, she was CMO and SVP of Sales. In this role she worked closely with customers on existing display applications, and led programs to extend the company’s equipment solutions to address 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.
Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Secretary
Mike joined Kateeva in 2021.
He helps Kateeva maintain leadership and governance by implementing disciplines to drive world-class financial performance, stewardship, and strategies. As an experienced finance executive, he leads Kateeva’s global finance, legal, information technology & systems and investor relations functions with a focus on strategies, processes, and accountability. He also provides financial and strategic counsel to the executive and senior management team.
Mike has extensive leadership experience with technology and services companies. Before Kateeva, he was a CFO of Directline.us, where he managed global finance, human resources, information technology and investor relations. Prior to Directline, he spent over 13 years at Synnex Corporation, a Fortune 200 company, where he held multiple positions, including Senior Vice President Corporate Finance & Treasurer and Senior Vice President Finance & Corporate Controller. Prior to Synnex, he held finance leadership positions at eBay, Solectron, and other technology companies. He began his professional career from a public accounting firm. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University, San Francisco.
Mike is a licensed CPA in California and holds a Law degree, a Master’s degree in Business Management & Accounting, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Diploma in Taxation from M.S. University, India.
Senior Vice President of Engineering
Alex joined Kateeva in 2008.
He leads the company’s product development team and applies his deep experience with Kateeva’s early YIELDjet system innovations to design and build enabling manufacturing equipment for new and existing applications. He assumed his current position in March 2020.
As Kateeva’s mechanical engineering team lead, he helped develop, build and install Kateeva’s prototype OLED TFE inkjet printer in under six months. The breakthrough printer—the first-of-its-kind engineered for OLED TFE mass production—fast became the market-leading product used to manufacture high-end smartphone displays, and retains its dominant market share to this day. Over time, by leveraging the YIELDjet platform’s successful system architecture, new tools were designed to enable the development of new display-related printing applications in areas like RGB OLED, quantum dot color filter, electroluminescent quantum dots, and micro-LEDs.
Before Kateeva, Alex worked at Applied Materials developing advanced methods for GaN LED manufacturing as a Member of the Technical staff. This followed earlier roles in mechanical engineering where he helped develop market-leading products for the semiconductor industry.
Alex holds BS and MS degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley. He is named on 50 US patents.
Senior Vice President of Sales & Service
David joined Kateeva in 2015.
He helped build and now leads a world-class sales, support and field services organization for Kateeva. By forming deep engagements with customers at every touch point in the sales to volume-production cycle, he helps them optimize their experience with Kateeva’s manufacturing equipment. He assumed his current position in March 2020.
Before Kateeva, David held leadership positions in sales, service, and operations with semiconductor capital equipment companies serving manufacturers like Intel, Global Foundries, Samsung and Infineon. His previous positions include: President and Consultant to Global Foundries at INCENTRADE; VP of Sales at General Electric Global Electronic Services; VP of Services at Cymer; Senior Director of Service Operations and Product Development at KLA-Tencor, and Product Support & Account Management roles at Applied Materials.
David earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in California. He served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Keith joined Kateeva in 2020.
A seasoned operations executive with extensive experience driving profitability and growth for US and Asia-based equipment companies, he leads Kateeva’s manufacturing strategy and global operations.
Keith’s recent roles involved helping emerging capital equipment companies transition to mass-production by creating manufacturing organizations with world-class processes and quality standards, supported by supply chains optimized for efficiency. As MD of China Operations for PAC Shanghai (a Roper Technologies company), he led production, supply chain, quality, and customer service. As GM of Equipment Operations for NuvoSun, he established the China manufacturing hub for the Silicon Valley-based solar company. Before that, he was Operations VP at Shanghai-based Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC), where he designed and led manufacturing operations for the provider of etch equipment.
He began his career at Ultra Clean Holdings, first as Director of Operations in Silicon Valley where he helped transform the facility from a small plant to a volume-production center. He developed the leadership team to support aggressive growth targets in preparation for the company’s IPO. Later, as VP and MD of the company’s China Operations, he established and held P&L responsibility for two wholly owned subsidiaries in Shanghai. He spent nearly 15 years at the company.
Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He served in the US Navy as a Naval Officer in the Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet.
Gerry Chen, Ph.D.
President of Kateeva China
Since co-founding Kateeva in 2008, Gerry has helped drive growth for the company — from startup to a leading provider of equipment solutions used by global display manufacturers.
Today, he oversees Kateeva’s business in China, working closely with customers to help them harness the benefits of inkjet printing systems for existing and emerging display applications. In addition, he played a key role in fundraising, helping Kateeva secure capital through investment and business transactions in China.
Previously, Gerry was VP of Strategic Development and before that, VP of Technology. With collaborative teams in Silicon Valley and China, he helped Kateeva shape and keep pace with its product roadmap by guiding development of the company’s inkjet process for printing organic and nanostructured materials. In parallel, he implemented a customer-engagement model in China that established Kateeva as a key vendor to the region’s display leaders.
Gerry holds a Ph.D. from MIT, and dual BSc degrees from Tsinghua University in China. He earned a certificate in Financial Technology from the Sloan School of Management and holds patents covering display devices, processes and equipment.
Christopher (Chris) Hauf
Vice President of Technology
Chris joined Kateeva in 2012.
An inkjet and color/imaging science expert, he leads the team that develops the core algorithms and inkjet writing systems that uniquely distinguish Kateeva’s printing systems. He is a key architect of Kateeva’s proprietary SmartMixing software technologies. He assumed his current position in March 2020.
Before Kateeva, Chris spent two decades as a Color and Imaging Scientist with the Eastman Kodak Company. During his tenure he worked on inkjet systems for home and commercial applications, as well as imaging systems for consumer, professional and commercial use. His special expertise was developing color-management strategies, tools, and technologies for Kodak’s world-class imaging solutions in environments ranging from R&D through to product development. His final role at the company was Principal Scientist and member of the Image quality, Reliability and Failure Analysis Team in Kodak’s Graphic Inkjet Platform Center.
Chris received a BS degree in Imaging Science and a MS degree in Color Science, both from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
Vice President of People
Thuy joined Kateeva in 2018, first as Senior Director, Total Rewards and People Operations before her promotion to Vice President, People in May 2021. She also serves as Chief of Staff to Kateeva’s CEO.
Thuy has extensive experience in optimizing HR organizations as growth-drivers for technology leaders with complex global manufacturing operations. A trusted advisor to Kateeva’s leadership team, she applies her expertise in organization strategy, change management, and HR process innovations, as well as performance ranking, and compensation structures to attract, engage and retain top talent worldwide.
Before Kateeva, Thuy was a Director of HR Support at Lam Research. With a focus on improving operational efficiencies, she implemented novel programs and technologies that delivered automated, streamlined, and intuitive solutions to business leaders across the global organization. When Lam doubled its global workforce to 13,000 employees through an $11 billion acquisition, she led the team that managed the integration preparation.
Before Lam, Thuy held Director and Manager-level roles in HR organizations at TE Connectivity, Infinera and SunPower. Her broad remit included staffing; training; HR offshoring management; compliance; data management, analysis & reporting; compensation and benefits strategies and tools; performance evaluation frameworks; HR policies & procedures, and more. She began her People Operations career at Applied Materials.
Thuy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from San Jose State University, Calif., and an MBA with an emphasis on Leading Organizations and People, from Santa Clara University, Calif.