Alain Harrus, Ph.D.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Alain joined Kateeva in 2013.
Previously, he was a Partner at Crosslink Capital, a San Francisco-based venture capital company where he led the firm’s semiconductor and energy technology investment activities.
Before turning to venture capital, Alain developed breakthrough process technologies that kept semiconductor manufacturers on track with Moore’s Law—first as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, and later as Chief Technology Officer at Novellus Systems—now part of Lam Research. There, he championed a total copper metallization solution for advanced semiconductor manufacturing—a disruptive move that made Novellus a category leader and helped catapult the company across the $1 billion revenue threshold.
As an investor, Alain focused on early-stage science-based hardware companies developing challenging technologies. An engaged Board member, he advised executive teams on strategic growth initiatives, particularly technology roadmap development, product and commercialization strategies, and infrastructure, as well as fund-raising, valuation, and exits.
Alain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Paris XI at Orsay, France, as well as a Ph.D. degree in Solid State Physics from Temple University in Philadelphia. He has authored and co-authored more than 30 technical papers and is a co-inventor on six patents.
Conor Madigan, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder
Conor co-founded Kateeva in 2008. He served as the company’s first CEO, securing several rounds of funding and growing the company from a team of three MIT PhD graduates to more than 100 global employees.
In 2013, Conor recruited Alain Harrus to the CEO role, and became Kateeva’s President. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors.
Today, Conor is responsible for technology R&D, applications, product development, marketing, new business development and M&A. In addition, he serves as the executive business partner for Kateeva’s IP portfolio development.
Before Kateeva, Conor was a postdoctoral Research Scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for almost two decades. He has authored numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering. In 2017, he testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the importance of a robust intellectual property system in building a strong and vibrant U.S. economy.
In 2016, Conor was named “Inventor of the Year” by the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2015, he was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northern California. Shortly after co-founding Kateeva, he appeared on the 2010 TR35 list. Published annually by MIT Technology Review Magazine, the prestigious list names top technology innovators under the age of 35.
Conor earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT, both in Electrical Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer
Marc joined Kateeva in January 2018.
As COO, he helps drive Kateeva’s operational performance as a technology leader and key enabler of the global display industry. In addition, he oversees customer satisfaction by leading the company’s global service operations.
Marc has spent three decades working in the semiconductor industry. As group vice president of worldwide operations and supply chain for Applied Materials from 2013-2016, he led a team of thousands of people in factories across the globe, with an annual multi-billion-dollar spend. From his base in Singapore, he directed supply chain operations, volume manufacturing, new product manufacturing, quality and logistics to support the company’s semiconductor systems, display and energy business segments.
Before that, he was corporate vice president of global product operations at Lam Research. While there, he directed the integration of products, product operations, and product development processes including Lam’s acquisition of Novellus Systems, as well as its acquisition of Austria-based SEZ. During this time, he also served as vice president/managing director of SEZ.
Immediately prior to Kateeva, Marc was EVP of global operations and engineering at Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company. He began his career in 1987 as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. After that, he held operations roles with increasing responsibility at Applied Materials and Lam Research.
Marc holds a BS degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California. He earned his MBA with a special focus on international/Asia business strategy from the University of California Los Angeles and the National University of Singapore (UCLA/NUS Executive MBA Program).
Steve Van Slyke
Chief Technology Officer Emeritus
Steve joined Kateeva in 2010.
He is recognized as a co-inventor of OLED technology and held a variety of positions at Eastman Kodak over a 30-year career. He has been active in all phases of OLED technology, from basic research on organic materials to the development of manufacturing technologies for high-volume OLED display production. Most recently he managed the white OLED projects at Kodak for solid state lighting and displays.
Steve has published and presented over 40 papers and holds over 35 patents in the areas of OLED materials and device architecture. As a leading authority on OLED technology, his pioneering work has been cited in over 5,000 publications; he has received significant recognition for his contributions to the field.
In 2018. Steve was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his co-invention of the OLED device. In May 2013, he was acknowledged for his lifetime OLED achievements by the Consumer Electronics Association when he was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.
Steve received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in materials science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chief Product Officer
Eli joined Kateeva in 2008.
For more than two decades, he has developed high-performance industrial printing systems for the graphic arts, electronics, and flat panel display industries. He was founder and CEO of PixDro Ltd., a pioneer in the development of inkjet systems for plastic electronics and display applications. Before PixDro, he was Co-founder and Vice President of R&D at Aprion Digital, a world leader in industrial inkjet systems for large-format graphic arts printing. The company was subsequently acquired by Hewlett-Packard.
Eli began his career at Scitex Corporation, where he rose to the position of Vice President of R&D for output imaging systems. Scitex is now a subsidiary of Kodak.
Eli received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tel Aviv University. He holds more than 20 patents. He is a former fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
Stephen (Steve) Going
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, & Secretary
Steve joined Kateeva in 2016.
He has held executive roles at several publicly traded global technology companies where he applied his commercial savvy, legal expertise, and understanding of finance to drive growth and shareholder value. Prior to Kateeva, he was Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Planar Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed supplier of display and digital signage solutions based in Oregon. In his nine-year tenure, he managed the company’s worldwide legal affairs and oversaw all intellectual property and M&A activities, including the sale of Planar Systems to Leyard Optoelectronic Ltd. in 2015.
Before Planar Systems, Steve was VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Merix Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed manufacturer of printed circuit boards. He held the same role at Merant PLC, a software company listed on the Nasdaq, as well as the London Stock Exchange. He managed the sale of Merant to Serena Software in 2004. Prior to Merant, Steve was a Partner in the Portland office of Perkins Coie LLP, a large international law firm. He began his career as a Financial Analyst at Chevron Corporation.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Oregon State University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar.
Chief Marketing Officer & Senior Vice President of Sales
May joined Kateeva in January 2018.
As a member of the leadership team, she helps set and execute the strategy for global growth. In her role as CMO and SVP of Sales, she works closely with Kateeva customers on existing display applications, and leads programs to extend the company’s YIELDjet deposition equipment solutions to new applications beyond displays.
A seasoned semiconductor industry executive, May has worked with technology leaders like KLA-Tencor and Lam Research, implementing strategic growth initiatives that strengthened revenue pipelines and enhanced company success. Previous roles in her three-decade career include: Vice President of Corporate Marketing at KLA-Tencor, Product General Manager at Lam Research, President of US and European Operations at Nova Instruments, VP of Strategic Marketing at Brooks Automation, and VP/GM at Crossing Automation and Aviza Technology.
May holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Chief People Officer
Monica Kaldani-Nasif was named Chief People Officer (CPO) in September 2019. She joined Kateeva in 2017 as Senior Director of Talent Management.
An experienced HR executive, Monica has helped staff Kateeva with the world-class talent necessary to maintain market leadership for its precision manufacturing equipment for OLED displays. As CPO, she sets Kateeva’s HR vision and develops programs to support the company’s global workforce. In addition, she provides impactful counsel to her internal clients and partners, and implements initiatives to foster an engaging culture.
Monica’s two-decade HR career includes positions at high-tech giants Lam Research and Hitachi Vantara, as well as recruiting firms. Before Kateeva, she managed the global recruiting and mobility teams at Lam, hiring thousands of employees globally during her tenure. In addition, she directed the relocation and immigration programs that supported the acquisition and retention of top talent. At Hitachi Data Systems, she served as Director of Global HR Programs, Director of US Recruiting, and Sr. Sales & Corporate Recruiter. From 1996–2006 she helped grow early stage companies, including Professional Aptitude Council, which involved expanding operations in APAC. She also founded Scholastic Recruiters which was acquired by hotU Inc.
Monica holds a BS degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and completed the Human Resources Certification Program at UC Santa Cruz Extension in June 2010. She qualified as a Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Certified Coach in August 2018.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Jeff joined Kateeva in May 2018.
As SVP of Operations, Jeff is focused on helping Kateeva meet its near- and- long-term product commitments to global customers by driving operations strategies to deliver industry-leading performance. His core areas are new product introductions, global supply chain management, and all manufacturing functions.
Jeff brings more than 30 years of experience in operations and engineering management roles to Kateeva, spending most of that time in the semiconductor equipment industry. For the last 18 years, his exclusive focus was helping product groups carry new products from concept to commercialization, and on to volume production.
Before Kateeva, Jeff was VP of New Product Introduction (NPI) Operations at Applied Materials, where he led a global team in the implementation of supply chain development, design for commercialization, pilot manufacturing, and product release management. Prior to Applied, he held a similar role at Lam Research for almost a decade. He was Vice President of RF Products at Teledyne before that.
Jeff holds a BA degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there, he performed graduate work under a grant from the National Science Foundation. He earned a MA degree in business management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Senior Vice President of Finance
Mary Loomas joined Kateeva in January 2018.
As SVP of Finance, she helps Kateeva maintain technology leadership by implementing disciplines to drive world-class financial performance. An experienced finance executive, she leads Kateeva’s finance organization with a focus on strategy, process, accountability, and forecast accuracy. She also provides financial counsel to senior management.
Mary’s extensive background in finance comes from her two-decade career at Intel. Before Kateeva, she led Intel’s global revenue team and was responsible for revenue forecasting & accounting, global field sales finance, and risk management. Previously, as a Senior Director on the company’s corporate finance team, she led a financial planning transformation and system implementation program that substantially reduced cycle times for forecasts and AOP. Her earlier roles at Intel included diverse financial-management positions. She left Intel in 2004 to start an artisan chocolate company. She returned to the company in 2011.
She began her finance career at BAE Systems.
Mary holds a BA degree in Management Science from UC San Diego and an MBA in Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.