Dr. Jian Ding, President
Jian has twenty-five years of experience in the fields of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, process technology, and advanced solar technologies. He is currently a Vice President of Hanergy Holding Group, and serves as the President of Hanergy’s Global R&D Center. Prior to joining Hanergy, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Astronergy Solar, a solar manufacturing company, as well as the general manager of Astronergy’s thin-film business unit. Before that, Jian was the Vice President of Global Technology and Applications for MKS Instruments. MKS is a global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor, and analyze critical parameters of advanced manufacturing processes to improve process performance and productivity. Jian also served as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for three years at NMC in Beijing, China, as well as a total of fifteen years at Applied Materials in a variety of technical and business management roles culminating as a general manager with P&L responsibility. Jian Ding received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
John Batty, CFO
Responsible for managing financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, tax, treasury and information technology, John was previously EVP & CFO at Affymetrix, a $325 million leading Life Science/Biotech Company in the genetic analysis tools space. He drove the completion of three acquisitions, raised over $400 million, and eliminated ~$25 million of fixed manufacturing costs through cost reduction and consolidation. From late 2004 through 2007, John was the Chief Financial Officer for Credence Systems, a $500 million global semiconductor Automated Test Equipment manufacturer. At Credence, John completed the integration of a major acquisition, implemented new ERP system capability, improved the cost structure, and secured capital through a series of refinancing. From 1999 through the end of 2004, John was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Network Equipment Technologies (NET), a global provider of telecommunications equipment used for enterprises, service providers, and government in mission critical applications. Additionally, John was CFO at Verilink Corporation (telecommunications equipment), and held various senior financial management positions at VLSI Technology (now NXP – semiconductor), and Intel Corporation (semiconductor). He has a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.
Rich Kapusta, CMO & Head of Sales
Rich is responsible for customers, revenue, product strategy, brand, and marketing communications. Rich has over 20 years of experience in technical, marketing, and business management roles. Rich joined Alta Devices from Microsemi Corporation, where he was Vice President of Marketing for their FPGA business via the acquisition of Actel. Prior to Actel, Rich held M&A and Product Line VP roles at Exar and Sipex. Rich began his career at Cypress Semiconductor where he spent 14 years in progressively more senior technical and marketing management roles. He has six issued patents, and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Ray Milano, VP of Technology
Ray is responsible for the overall development of custom processes at Alta Devices. He has over 30 years of experience in compound semiconductor materials and devices. Prior to joining Alta, Ray was the CEO of a venture-backed startup focused on the development of InP power amplifier products. Ray began his career at Rockwell International’s Science Center where he worked on a variety of devices, including GaAs CCD’s, and managed the Optical Sources and Detectors group. He spent the majority of his career at Vitesse Semiconductor, where he was responsible for the development of products and services for the design of high speed MESFET circuits. As Vice President of Optical Products, he established a major product line of optoelectronic and analog circuits for communications applications. Ray has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Gregg Higashi, Chief Technologist
With nearly 30 years of experience in research, development, and manufacturing of various silicon and compound semiconductor technologies, Gregg is responsible for cell performance. Gregg began his career at Bell Laboratories working on understanding CVD and surface chemistry as it related to silicon integrated circuit technology. He later helped to develop process technologies spanning 0.5 um to 90 nm for AT&T Microelectronics, Lucent Technologies, and Agere Systems. At Applied Materials, he was CTO of the Front End Products Group supporting Si Epi, RTP, Gate Dielectrics, LPCVD, and Ion Implantation technologies before joining Intel to do 65 nm NOR FLASH and Phase Change Non-Volatile Memory Development. Just prior to joining Alta Devices, Gregg served as Managing Director of Applied Materials’ SunFab Thin Film Solar Technology Start-Up Team. Gregg is a Fellow of the IEEE with a Bachelors and PhD in Physics from MIT.
Gang He, CTO
Responsible for technology architecture, roadmap, and development, Gang has over 16 years of experience in compound semiconductor process and device development. Gang started his career at Vitesse Semiconductor where he led the development of many advanced technologies, including high-speed HBT/MESFET integrated circuits, detectors, lasers, and other photonic devices. He was also responsible for the development and production implementation of many high-volume integrated circuit manufacturing technologies and equipment. Prior to joining Alta Devices, he worked at Infinera and was responsible for process development of photonic integrated circuits for fiber-optic telecommunications equipment. Gang has a PhD in Physics from Caltech.