Our Team

Our leadership comes from successfully meeting the challenges presented by an evolving and dynamic technology industry; navigating the headwinds and riding its waves of continual expansion and change. United by a vision formed by creativity and market focus, we are dedicated to enabling our customers’ ongoing success and a driving commitment to quality.


Michael Burger, President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Burger was appointed President and CEO of ESI on October 3, 2016. Prior to joining ESI, Mr. Burger was President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Microtech since 2010. Prior to joining Cascade Microtech, Mr. Burger served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Merix Corporation, a printed circuit board manufacturer, from April 2007 to February 2010. From November 2004 until joining Merix, Mr. Burger served as President of the Components Business of Flextronics Corporation. From 1999 to November 2004, Mr. Burger was employed by ZiLOG, Inc., a supplier of devices for embedded control and communications applications. From May 2002 until November 2004, Mr. Burger served as ZiLOG's President and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Burger holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and a certificate from the Stanford University International Executive Management Program.

Paul Oldham, CFO, Sr. Vice President of Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary

Paul Oldham is Senior Vice President of Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI), where he has directed administrative and financial operations since joining the company in 2008. Mr. Oldham brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in global financial and operational planning to the company. His career spans nearly twenty years of administrative and financial management expertise within the high technology industry. Prior to ESI, Mr. Oldham held several senior leadership positions at Tektronix Inc. (Danaher Corporation) including Vice President of Tax, Treasury and Investor Relations, Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller and European Operations Controller. Mr. Oldham earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and MBA from Brigham Young University in Utah.

Robert M. DeBakker, Sr. Vice President of Operations

Robert M. DeBakker has been the Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI), since joining the company in 2004. As a 25-year veteran of the high-technology industry, Mr. DeBakker's experience ranges from early growth start-ups to large, multi-national organizations where he has been at the forefront of many significant innovations and transitions that have helped shape the industry. Prior to joining ESI, Mr. DeBakker was Vice President of Worldwide xSeries Supply Chain Operations at IBM Corporation where he managed a global supply chain spanning five countries. Prior positions within IBM included Vice President of i/p series and Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain Strategy. Mr. DeBakker's oversight of world-class supply chain deployment processes at Sequent Computer Systems helped advance the company from a small niche player to a global $1B company. His earlier experiences include senior management roles in operations, engineering, and supply chain with Intel Corporation, Mentor Graphics Corporation and NASA. Mr. DeBakker earned his Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in supply chain/logistics from the University of Tennessee.

James Latham, Chief Marketing Officer

James Latham is Chief Marketing Officer for Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI) and brings more than 20 years of executive leadership and global marketing experience to the position. Previously, Mr. Latham was CMO of OpenText, focused on driving marketing as a strategic and direct contributor to the success of this $1B firm. Before OpenText, Mr. Latham led the B2B Marketing Strategy team for worldwide brand management and digital relationship marketing at McCann Worldgroup, where he supported global technology clients such as Microsoft. Mr. Latham was VP of Marketing for a number of enterprise software companies and held marketing roles at IBM and Lotus Development. Mr. Latham holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the State University of New York, and a Masters of Science in international marketing management from Boston University. He serves on advisory boards for MobilePaks --a marketing and sales enablement company-- and The CMO Council, a global network of senior marketing leaders dedicated to knowledge exchange and thought leadership. He is a frequent technology marketing industry speaker and consultant.

Sidney Wong, Vice President, Customer Operations

Sidney Wong is Vice President of Customer Operations at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI), assuming the role in 2009. Through his prior roles at ESI including, Senior Director of Sales, Director of Sales and Service, and Senior Director of Marketing, Mr. Wong was influential in forging lucrative and lasting business relationships with ESI’s customers, prospects, and suppliers. Mr. Wong has travelled extensively to maintain ESI’s high standard of customer relations, and applied his business and negotiation skills to help ESI expand and exceed revenues in international markets. Mr. Wong has a background in high technology having worked previously for Hewlett-Packard, and at Philips HK Ltd. in Hong Kong. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in communication engineering from the University of Kent in England.

Michael Darwin, Vice President & General Manager, Component, Microfabrication & Inspection Division

Dr. Michael Darwin joined Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI) as Vice President and General Manager, Interconnect and Micromachining Division (IMD) in August 2011. He brings to ESI more than 16 years’ experience in the semiconductor and capital equipment business, and more than 20 years’ experience leading/managing technical teams. Just prior to joining ESI, Dr. Darwin was Vice President of Nanometrics’ UniFire (formerly part of Zygo Corporation) and Materials Characterization Business Units, where he was responsible for growing business in wafer level chip scale packaging and high brightness LED markets respectively. While at Zygo, he was responsible for growing its strategic investment in semiconductor metrology and inspection equipment as Vice President, Semiconductor Solutions. He has also held senior management positions at Rudolph Technologies and Intel Corporation. Dr. Darwin earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

George Linscott, Vice President and General Manager, Micromachining Division

George Linscott joined the ESI team in August 2016 as Vice President and General Manager of the Micromachining Division, as part of the acquisition of Visicon Technologies. At Visicon he started as an investor, then board member and eventually as CEO. George began his professional career after proudly serving as a US Marine, earning a BS in Computer Science and joining IBM. While at IBM he became a distributed systems expert at IBM's Cambridge Scientific Center. After 5 years he left IBM to start Availant Inc., where his team developed advanced software products that were shipped by companies such as IBM, EMC, and Compaq. Availant grew to over 160 people with offices in Europe and the United States and revenue in excess of $50 million.

Mantreh Nournia, Vice President, Marketing and Applications, Micromachining Division

Mantreh Nournia is Vice President, Marketing and Applications, Micromachining Division. With over 20 years of experience working in the semiconductor industry, she has held engineering roles with National Research of Council of Canada, and Litton Systems (a subcontractor for Lockheed) where she was responsible for development of display systems for military applications. At KLA-Tencor Corporation, Ms. Nournia held roles in application and marketing management for e-beam metrology inspection and review. She joined ESI in 2007 as product manager for the company’s laser ablation-ICP business. When ESI’s acquired the semiconductor systems business from GSI Group in 2013, Ms. Nournia assumed leadership of the new organization, and was responsible for the integration, product development and marketing of the solutions added to ESI’s portfolio. Ms. Nournia holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Ryerson University.

Stefano Concina, Chief Technical Officer

Joining Electro Scientific Industries (ESI) in 2010, Stefano Concina is Chief Technical Officer, responsible for central R&D and engineering, as well as the internal laser business. Mr. Concina brings over 30 years of high technology experience with a specialized focus in engineering, business development, and general management functions. Prior to ESI, Mr. Concina spent over 15 years at semiconductor capital equipment company, KLA-Tencor, where he was General Manager of its Electron-Beam metrology and Electron-Beam inspection division. He was also Managing Director of KLA’s investment arm, KT-Venture Group. Prior to KLA-Tencor, Mr. Concina held various engineering positions at Schlumberger for 12 years and ultimately became General Manager in charge of the Electron Beam probing business. He holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Caltech, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from ESIEE, France and completed all the coursework for his Ph.D in electrical engineering at Stanford..

Tracey Jerijervi, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development

Tracey Jerijervi is Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Electro Scientific Industries (ESI). Joining the company in 2007, Ms. Jerijervi has built a strong track record of delivering HR solutions aligned with business objectives. With over 20 years of industry experience, she has held a number of senior human resource leadership positions within high tech companies such as RadiSys and Tektronix. Currently, Ms. Jerijervi serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in the global economy. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Matthew Min, Vice President, Customer Support

Matt Min is Vice President of Customer Support at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (ESI). He joined the company in 2007 as a financial analyst and expanded his role as a division controller before transitioning to Service division. Prior to ESI, Mr. Min worked for Pepsico and U.S. Navy in engineering, operations and finance roles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Colorado school of Mines and an MBA from University of Washington.


Richard H. Wills, Chairman of the Board since 2014

Mr. Wills (Chairman) was President and CEO of Tektronix from 2000 until 2008, and its Chairman from 2001 through 2008. He joined Tektronix in 1979 and served in a range of marketing, product development and management roles, including President of the Measurement Business and President of Regional Operations for both Europe and the Americas. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor's degree in computer systems from Linfield College.

Frederick A. Ball, Director since 2003

Frederick A. Ball is a recognized and respected business leader with more than 25 years of financial management experience. He recently served as the chief financial officer of Marketo, a leading provider of a cloud-based enterprise marketing platform from 2011 to 2016.  Prior to joining Marketo, Mr. Ball had been the Chief Financial Officer for a number of private and public technology companies including Webroot Software, Inc., BigBand Networks, Inc., and Borland Software Corporation. Mr. Ball also served as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions for KLA-Tencor Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment, and prior to that as its Vice President of Finance. Mr. Ball was with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC for over 10 years. Mr. Ball is a director at Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a provider of power and control technologies, and is chair of its audit committee.

Laurence E. Cramer, Director since 2015

Laurence E. Cramer has been with Continuum Electro-Optics, a manufacturer of high energy laser systems for medical, industrial and scientific research, for the past 16 years where he held the positions of Vice President of R&D, Vice President / General Manager and President. Prior to that, he was President of Laser Diode Inc., a manufacturer of GaAs laser diodes for military and telecom applications. Prior to that he spent 15 years at Spectra-Physics in a range of management roles including, Manager of Marketing and Sales, Strategic Product Group Manager, and President of Spectra-Physics Laser diode systems, developer of advanced diode pumped solid state laser systems. He was a Board Member and past President of the Laser Institute of America, and was a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Technical Advisory Committee in Electronics from 1988 to 1994. He holds a BA degree in Chemistry and Physics from DePauw University, a PhD in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a Masters Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University.

Edward C. Grady, Director since 2008

Edward Grady has been a director on the ESI Board since 2008. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. from February 2014 through September 2016. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Brooks Automation, which offers solutions that optimize productivity for the semiconductor and other complex manufacturing industries, including clean tech and data storage. Mr. Grady retired from Brooks Automation in 2007. Prior to joining Brooks in 2003, he ran the wafer inspection and metrology groups at KLA-Tencor Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment. Prior to KLA-Tencor, he was Chief Executive Officer of Hoya Micromask, a supplier of photo masks and services to the semiconductor industry. He started his career as an engineer for Monsanto Electronic Materials Company, Inc., a manufacturer of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry, and eventually rose to the position of Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Ed is also a member of the board of directors at Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., a provider of power and control technologies.

Raymond A. Link, Director since 2015

Raymond A. Link served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FEI Company, a leading supplier of scientific and analytical instruments for nanoscale imaging from July 2005 to April 2015. He remains with FEI Company to assist with transitioning this role to his successor. Prior to this, Mr. Link served as Vice President, Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc., a manufacturer of electronic signal processing components primarily used in wireless communications. Mr. Link joined TriQuint in July 2001 as a result of TriQuint’s merger with Sawtek, Inc. In September 1995 Mr. Link joined Sawtek, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of a broad range of electronic signal processing components primarily for use in the wireless communications industry, as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. He is also on the board of directors of nLight Corporation, a private company that makes high-power semiconductor lasers and Cascade Microtech Inc. a public company that is a manufacturer of electrical test and measurement equipment for the semiconductor industry. Mr. Link received a B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Link is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

John Medica, Director since 2015

John Medica has served since 2007 as Vice Chairman and Corporate Adviser of Compal Group, a leading global electronics related ODM based in Taiwan with annual revenues in excess of $25 billion. Mr. Medica also served as a member of the Board of Directors of National Instruments from June 2008 through May 2014 and is a Trustee at Wake Forest University. He retired as a Senior Vice President and co-leader of the Product Development organization at Dell Inc. in April 2007 after fourteen years of service and prior to joining Dell, he served ten years at Apple Inc. in a variety of product development and operations related executive roles. He also has served as a Board Member-Advisor of two start-up technology companies, Visible Brands and Aviacomm, over the past two years.

Robert R. Walker, Director since 2003

Robert R. Walker is retired from Agilent Technologies, Inc., an electronic instrument company, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 2000 until December 2001. From May 1999 until May 2000, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. During 1997 and 1998, Mr. Walker served as Vice President and General Manager of Hewlett-Packard's Professional Services Business Unit. From 1993 to 1997, he led Hewlett-Packard's information systems function, serving as Vice President and Chief Information Officer from 1995 to 1997.

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