1 September 2010


Intevac appoints executive VP of Emerging Markets

Intevac Inc of Santa Clara, CA, USA says that Christopher Smith has joined it as executive VP of Emerging Markets (covering the firm’s solar and semiconductor products), responsible for managing and growing Intevac’s capital equipment businesses.

Founded in 1991, Intevac has two businesses: Equipment and Intevac Photonics. The equipment business designs and makes high-productivity sputtering-based ‘lean’ manufacturing systems. As well as supplying magnetic media processing systems to the hard drive industry, it offers systems for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries, including a strategic partnership with copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) thin-film photovoltaic cell maker AQT Solar of Santa Clara, CA.

With more than 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and solar capital equipment markets, Smith joins Intevac from Oerlikon Solar, where he was senior VP sales & customer support. Previously, he held senior management positions at equipment makers Applied Materials and Cymer.

“Chris has proven general management experience as well as extensive experience managing sales, service and business development in large and emerging equipment markets,” says president & CEO Kevin Fairbairn.

Luke Marusiak, who held the position of executive VP of Emerging Markets previously, returns to his earlier role as chief operating officer, with responsibility for manufacturing, materials, customer service and corporate services.

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