16 September 2021
AKHAN appoints chairman Tom Lacey as interim CEO
AKHAN Semiconductor Inc of Gurnee, Lake County, IL, USA – which was founded in 2013 and specializes in the fabrication and application of synthetic, lab-grown, electronics-grade diamond as functional semiconductors – says that technology executive Tom Lacey has added interim CEO to his role as board chairman. A four-time public company CEO, Lacey has more than three decades of experience leading both public and private companies in the licensing and technology industries.
“AKHAN is at an exciting moment in time; amidst a capital raise with a number of well-respected investors while mapping a customer-centric growth strategy,” Lacey says. “Due to the unprecedented importance and abilities of AKHAN’s diamond technology, I fully expect the round to be oversubscribed,” he adds.
“We’ve done an outstanding job taking our Miraj Diamond technology from concept to prototype, and now is the time for massive scale,” says founder Adam Khan. “Tom, who’s on-boarding marked the launch of our operational growth phase, is one of the most well respected, trusted and knowledgeable leaders in the entire technology space. We’re thrilled he’s adding CEO duties at this time; strengthening our value with customers, investors and talent in both Illinois and Silicon Valley.”
Since he has worked across startups, mid-sized and large public and private companies, the firm believes that Lacey will provide insight and deep understanding as AKHAN brings its Miraj Diamond Glass, Optics and Electronics portfolio to market across consumer electronics and various industries, positioning the firm for mass expansion.
“Adam Khan and his impressive team have brought significant and much needed innovation to the space. Now, it’s time to unleash diamond’s immense capabilities on glass coatings, chips and optical equipment, where AKHAN has impressive successes in research and customer development in all three areas.”
Lacey is a proven executive who has worked for technology companies including Intel and Tessera/Xperi. His roles have spanned positions leadership, engineering, marketing, sales, OEM, distribution, management, operations, intellectual property, P&L, Wall Street, and merger and acquisition areas. AKHAN says that he brings a hands-on approach to leadership with a focused approach to short- and long-term goals and strategies.