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Yield Engineering Systems, Inc. (YES) Management

Ramakanth Alapati, Chairman and CEO

Before becoming CEO in August of 2020, Mr. Alapati spent two years as a YES technology advisory board member, and he has been YES’s chairman since January of 2020. Prior to that, he oversaw engineering and operations at PsiQuantum, led technology strategy and roadmaps at Amkor Technology, directed packaging product management and R&D at GlobalFoundries, and guided the development and commercialization of double patterning & TSV technologies at Micron Technology. Mr. Alapati has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University in India, and executive education from Harvard. He holds over 30 patents.

Rezwan Lateef, President

Mr. Lateef became President of YES in November of 2020, after two years as the company’s SVP of Sales & Service. He has over 15 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry and was a key executive in the successful sale of two companies. He has also held leadership positions at MKS, NEXX Systems, TEL, Ultratech & Veeco. Mr. Lateef holds a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has completed the executive management training program at the Harvard Business School.

Zia Karim PhD, SVP and CTO

Dr. Karim is Technology Office SVP and Chief Technology Officer at YES. Before joining the company, Dr. Karim spent 15 years as Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Eugenus/AIXTRON/Genus (acquisitions). He also held senior management positions at Applied Materials and Novellus (acquired by Lam Research). He started his career at Sharp Microelectronics in 1994. Dr. Karim received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland, and the Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Karim owns 16 patents and has authored more than 40 papers.             

Vinod Mahendroo, VP of Operations

Mr. Mahendroo brings a wealth of experience in building companies to his role as head of operations at YES. He was formerly CEO of Nanoconduction and Primaxx, and served as President and GM of the service business unit at Applied Materials. Prior to that, he held managerial positions in operations and engineering at Intel. Mr. Mahendroo completed his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian University of Technology in Delhi, as well as graduate work in engineering at Notre Dame, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Chris Lane, VP Engineering

Before joining YES as VP of Engineering, Mr. Lane spent six years as Systems Engineering Vice President at Translarity. For the five years prior to that, he was Managing Director of Engineering Programs at Applied Materials. He also held engineering leadership positions at Solyndra and Intevac. Mr. Lane has a BS in Systems Engineering, an MBA in Finance and an MS in Engineering Analytics, all from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He holds 25 U.S. and international patents, with several more pending.

Jason Hoffman, SVP of People & Culture

Prior to joining the executive team, Jason Hoffman was an advisor for YES’s lead investor KCK Group. He has over two decades of US and international HR leadership and management consulting experience in highly innovative business environments including healthcare IT, medical devices, biotechnology, autonomous driving and semiconductors. Among his past positions are VP of HR and Communications at TRR, VP of HR at Innovusion, VP of People & Culture at Visby Medical, CHRO at Elekta and HR Director at Pfizer. His educational background includes a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a masters program in Strategic Human Resources Management from Stockholm University, and executive leadership programs at the Stockholm School of Economics and INSEAD.

Alex Chow, Asia Sales President and GM

Mr. Chow is based in the YES Asia office in Taiwan and is responsible for growing the company’s presence in the APAC region. To his role at YES, he brings 20 years of executive positions at Onto Innovation and Ultratech, and many successful strategic partnerships with top-tier IDMs, foundries and OSATs. Mr. Chow holds a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and has completed the Executive Education program in Strategy in Competitive Markets at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dragan Cekic, VP of Sales, Americas & Europe

Dragan Cekic is an accomplished semiconductor sales & marketing executive with more than two decades of international business and customer experience in semiconductor equipment and worldwide manufacturing. Prior to joining YES, he was Director of Global Sales & Marketing for Semiconductor Process Equipment Corp. (SPEC), a long-time supplier of surface conditioning wet-process equipment. Before that, he founded and spent ten years running Dyno Silicon International, a global technology consultancy specializing in optimizing, developing and expanding clients’ business operations in the semiconductor field, with an emphasis on wet etch, solvent clean, ECD/plating, ion implantation, plasma ashing, UV curing and lithography. His background also includes sales management positions at SEMSYSCO GmbH, Trymax Semiconductor, and Axcelis Technologies. Mr. Cekic holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical College Munich and a certificate in Business Leadership and Strategic Management from Cornell University. He is fluent in five languages.

Prabhat Mishra, Head of Finance

Prabhat Mishra joined YES in August of 2019 as Head of Finance. Prior to joining YES, Mr. Mishra was Senior Director of Finance at Macom and Applied Micro, managing the Financial Planning and Analysis function of the company. Before that, he spent 10 years as a finance leader at Intel Corporation, supporting the Mobile Products Group, the Software & Services Group and the Technology & Manufacturing Group. Mr. Mishra started his career as an engineer and was an engineering manager at STMicroelectronics, Sun Microsystems and Intel. Mr. Mishra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, an MBA from Arizona State University, and Certification in Accounting from University of California, Berkeley.

Yield Engineering Systems, Inc. (YES) Management

Ramakanth Alapati, Chairman and CEO

Before becoming CEO in August of 2020, Mr. Alapati spent two years as a YES technology advisory board member, and he has been YES’s chairman since January of 2020. Prior to that, he oversaw engineering and operations at PsiQuantum, led technology strategy and roadmaps at Amkor Technology, directed packaging product management and R&D at GlobalFoundries, and guided the development and commercialization of double patterning & TSV technologies at Micron Technology. Mr. Alapati has a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Osmania University in India, and executive education from Harvard. He holds over 30 patents.

Rezwan Lateef, President

Mr. Lateef became President of YES in November of 2020, after two years as the company’s SVP of Sales & Service. He has over 15 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry and was a key executive in the successful sale of two companies. He has also held leadership positions at MKS, NEXX Systems, TEL, Ultratech & Veeco. Mr. Lateef holds a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has completed the executive management training program at the Harvard Business School.

Zia Karim PhD, SVP and CTO

Dr. Karim is Technology Office SVP and Chief Technology Officer at YES. Before joining the company, Dr. Karim spent 15 years as Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Eugenus/AIXTRON/Genus (acquisitions). He also held senior management positions at Applied Materials and Novellus (acquired by Lam Research). He started his career at Sharp Microelectronics in 1994. Dr. Karim received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Dublin City University in Ireland, and the Certificate of Business Excellence from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Karim owns 16 patents and has authored more than 40 papers.             

Vinod Mahendroo, VP of Operations

Mr. Mahendroo brings a wealth of experience in building companies to his role as head of operations at YES. He was formerly CEO of Nanoconduction and Primaxx, and served as President and GM of the service business unit at Applied Materials. Prior to that, he held managerial positions in operations and engineering at Intel. Mr. Mahendroo completed his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian University of Technology in Delhi, as well as graduate work in engineering at Notre Dame, and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Chris Lane, VP Engineering

Before joining YES as VP of Engineering, Mr. Lane spent six years as Systems Engineering Vice President at Translarity. For the five years prior to that, he was Managing Director of Engineering Programs at Applied Materials. He also held engineering leadership positions at Solyndra and Intevac. Mr. Lane has a BS in Systems Engineering, an MBA in Finance and an MS in Engineering Analytics, all from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He holds 25 U.S. and international patents, with several more pending.

Jason Hoffman, SVP of People & Culture

Prior to joining the executive team, Jason Hoffman was an advisor for YES’s lead investor KCK Group. He has over two decades of US and international HR leadership and management consulting experience in highly innovative business environments including healthcare IT, medical devices, biotechnology, autonomous driving and semiconductors. Among his past positions are VP of HR and Communications at TRR, VP of HR at Innovusion, VP of People & Culture at Visby Medical, CHRO at Elekta and HR Director at Pfizer. His educational background includes a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a masters program in Strategic Human Resources Management from Stockholm University, and executive leadership programs at the Stockholm School of Economics and INSEAD.

Alex Chow, Asia Sales President and GM

Mr. Chow is based in the YES Asia office in Taiwan and is responsible for growing the company’s presence in the APAC region. To his role at YES, he brings 20 years of executive positions at Onto Innovation and Ultratech, and many successful strategic partnerships with top-tier IDMs, foundries and OSATs. Mr. Chow holds a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and has completed the Executive Education program in Strategy in Competitive Markets at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dragan Cekic, VP of Sales, Americas & Europe

Dragan Cekic is an accomplished semiconductor sales & marketing executive with more than two decades of international business and customer experience in semiconductor equipment and worldwide manufacturing. Prior to joining YES, he was Director of Global Sales & Marketing for Semiconductor Process Equipment Corp. (SPEC), a long-time supplier of surface conditioning wet-process equipment. Before that, he founded and spent ten years running Dyno Silicon International, a global technology consultancy specializing in optimizing, developing and expanding clients’ business operations in the semiconductor field, with an emphasis on wet etch, solvent clean, ECD/plating, ion implantation, plasma ashing, UV curing and lithography. His background also includes sales management positions at SEMSYSCO GmbH, Trymax Semiconductor, and Axcelis Technologies. Mr. Cekic holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical College Munich and a certificate in Business Leadership and Strategic Management from Cornell University. He is fluent in five languages.

Prabhat Mishra, Head of Finance

Prabhat Mishra joined YES in August of 2019 as Head of Finance. Prior to joining YES, Mr. Mishra was Senior Director of Finance at Macom and Applied Micro, managing the Financial Planning and Analysis function of the company. Before that, he spent 10 years as a finance leader at Intel Corporation, supporting the Mobile Products Group, the Software & Services Group and the Technology & Manufacturing Group. Mr. Mishra started his career as an engineer and was an engineering manager at STMicroelectronics, Sun Microsystems and Intel. Mr. Mishra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, an MBA from Arizona State University, and Certification in Accounting from University of California, Berkeley.