Amtech Systems Announces CEO Transition
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Amtech Systems, Inc. ("Amtech") (NASDAQ: ASYS), a manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing and wafer polishing, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon power, analog and discrete devices, and electronic assemblies and modules focusing on enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EV) and clean technology (CleanTech) applications, today announced that Michael Whang stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 8, 2023. The board has appointed Bob Daigle, current Chairman of the Board, with the additional role of Chief Executive Officer, effective August 8, 2023. To support the transition, Mr. Whang will remain as an advisor until February 8, 2024.
“I’d like to thank Michael for his service to Amtech over the past 19 years and for the last three years as Chief Executive Officer. Michael led during the challenging COVID period and positioned the Company well for the future. Amtech has tremendous growth opportunities driven by demand for Silicon Carbide (SiC) semiconductors required for the emerging electrical vehicle industry, the acceleration of advanced packaging to support the emerging artificial intelligence server market, and investments that will be made to build a more resilient global supply chain in the broader electronics industry. Our mission is to fully capitalize on these growth opportunities and deliver the profitability essential to creating shareholder value,” stated Bob Daigle, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Amtech Systems.
Mr. Daigle has served on the Amtech Board since August of 2021 and as Chairman of the Board since March of 2022. He served in various senior executive roles during his 30+ year tenure at Rogers Corporation. 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 of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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About Amtech Systems, Inc.
Amtech Systems, Inc. is a leading, global manufacturer of capital equipment, including thermal processing, wafer cleaning, chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) technology, and related consumables used in fabricating semiconductor devices, such as silicon carbide (SiC), silicon power, electronic assemblies and modules focusing on enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EV) and clean technology (CleanTech) applications. We sell process equipment and services to semiconductor device and module manufacturers worldwide, particularly in Asia, North America and Europe. Our strategic focus is on semiconductor growth opportunities in power electronics, sensors and analog devices leveraging our strength in core competencies in thermal and substrate processing. Amtech's products are recognized under the leading brand names BTU International, Entrepix, Inc., Bruce Technologies™, PR Hoffman™ and Intersurface Dynamics, Inc.
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Released August 9, 2023