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, SVP Sales & Service
Mr. Lateef is Senior Vice President of Sales & Service at YES. He has over 15 years’ experience in the semiconductor industry and was a key executive in the successful sale of two companies. Rezwan 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 CMO
Dr. Karim is Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Marketing at YES. Dr. Karim most recently was Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Eugenus/AIXTRON/Genus (acquisitions) for over 15 years. He has also held senior management positions at Applied Materials and Novellus (acquired by Lam Research) after he started his career in Sharp Microelectronics in 1994. Dr. Karim received his Ph.D, in EE from Dublin City University in Ireland, Dr. Karim owns fourteen (14) patents and authored more than 40 papers.
Sathish Kumar, SVP Operations
Mr. Kumar brings over 20 years of leadership in operations, finance and engineering to his current role as YES’s SVP of Operations. Prior to joining the company, he was executive director of engineering and operations at Cepheid. His management background also includes senior positions at Applied Materials, Intermolecular and Invicta Meditek Ltd.
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.
William A. Moffat, Founder
Mr. Moffat is a process engineer turned entrepreneur. He founded Yield Engineering Systems (YES) in 1980, introducing a vacuum bake/vapor prime system that innovated front-end processing in the semiconductor industry. Mr. Moffat was born and educated in the UK; he received an HNC in Electronics and an HNC in Mechanics from Stockport Technical College. He previously held engineering positions at AEI, W.T. Glovers & Co., British Aerospace, Ferranti’s, Motorola, Rockwell and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).