Jong S. Whang
Founder and Director
Jong S. Whang is the founder and a Director of Amtech and has held various roles including President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since its inception in 1981. Mr. Whang’s responsibilities include merger and acquisition activity on behalf of the Company. He has over 40 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including time spent in both processing and manufacturing of equipment systems. From 1973 until 1979, he was employed by Siltronics, Inc., initially as a technician working with chemical vapor deposition (SiC), and later as manager of the quartz fabrication plant with responsibility of providing technical marketing support. From 1979 until 1981, he was employed by U.S. Quartz, Inc. as manufacturing manager. In 1981, he left U.S. Quartz to form the Company.
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Michael Whang was promoted to Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2020 and appointed to the Board on May 5, 2020. Mr. Whang joined the Company in April 2004 as Director of Information Technology and Risk Management. In May 2016, Mr. Whang was promoted to Chief Risk Officer and Chief Information Officer. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations on January 4, 2018 and to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer on March 6, 2019. His responsibilities at Amtech included roles in corporate strategy and operations, compliance, and M&A due diligence and post-acquisition activity, culminating in operational oversight of the USA Operations. Prior to joining Amtech, Michael Whang served in various information technology management roles at several technology companies.
Chief Financial Officer & Director
Lisa D. Gibbs joined Amtech in September 2016 as Corporate Controller and was promoted to Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer on January 4, 2018. Ms. Gibbs was promoted to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on March 6, 2019 and appointed to the Board of Directors on May 5, 2020. Prior to joining Amtech, Ms. Gibbs was a partner in a private consulting firm where she assisted clients with a variety of accounting and finance needs. From 2002 to 2014, Ms. Gibbs was the Vice President of Internal Audit for Insight Enterprises, Inc., a Fortune 500 publicly-traded information technology company. Ms. Gibbs began her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Arizona.
Robert M. Averick
Robert M. Averick has been a Director since January 2016. Mr. Averick has over 15 years of experience as a small-capitalization, value-driven public equity portfolio manager. His previous work experience includes positions of increasing responsibility within structured finance, strategic planning and consulting. Mr. Averick received an undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Virginia and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from The University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School of Business. Mr. Averick has worked as a portfolio manager at Kokino LLC since 2012. He previously served on our Board during 2005 and 2006. Mr. Averick also serves on the board of directors of Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., a publicly-traded fabricator of complex steel structures, modules and marine vessels and is a member of its compensation committee and corporate governance and nominating committee. Additionally, Mr. Averick currently serves as a director of PhoneX Holdings, Inc., an OTC bulletin-board company, and he previously served as a director of Key Technology, Inc. until its sale in 2018.
Robert C. Daigle
Chairman of the Board
Robert C. Daigle was appointed to the Board on August 12, 2021, and elected Chairman on March 30, 2022. Mr. Daigle is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Rogers Corporation where he has served in a number of senior executive roles in his 30-year tenure. While at Rogers, Mr. Daigle built and led the High Frequency Circuit Materials business and the Power Electronics Solutions business. Mr. Daigle holds a B.S in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering from the University Connecticut and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Michael Garnreiter has been a Director since February 2007 and was appointed Lead Independent Director in May 2020. He retired in December 2015 as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Shamrock Foods, a privately-held manufacturer and distributor of foods and food-related products. From January 2010 until August 2012, Mr. Garnreiter was a managing director of Fenix Financial Forensics, a Phoenix-based litigation and financial consulting firm. From August 2006 until January 2010, he was a managing member of Rising Sun Restaurant Group LLC, and, from December 2008 until December 2009, he was president of New Era Restaurants, LLC, both of which are privately-held restaurant operating companies. From 2002 to 2006, Mr. Garnreiter was CFO of Main Street Restaurant Group, a publicly-traded restaurant operating company, and from 1976 to 2002, he was a senior audit partner of Arthur Andersen LLP. Mr. Garnreiter serves on the boards of directors of Axon Enterprise, Inc. (as Chairman), a publicly-traded manufacturer of non-lethal protection devices, Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., a publicly-traded nationwide truckload transportation company, and Banner Health, a multi-state health care delivery system. He graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration. Mr. Garnreiter is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Sukesh Mohan has been a Director since April 2015. He is currently Vice President and Co-Founder of El Camino Technologies, LLC, a software services company that manages online content for leading internet companies. Prior to this, Mr. Mohan was Director of Product Management, Etch Products Division, of Applied Materials, Inc. (“Applied”), a global leader in semiconductor and solar equipment. He held various product management and marketing positions at Applied from 1995 to 2009. From 1989 to 1995, Mr. Mohan was the International Marketing Manager for Amtech, responsible for market development in Asia and India. He received his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Technology.