Bruce C. Rhine has served as our Chairman of the Board of Directors since July 2007 and as a director since July 2006. From July 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Rhine served as our Chief Strategy Officer. From March 2007 to August 2007, Mr. Rhine served as our Chief Executive Officer. From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Rhine served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accent Optical Technologies, Inc. and as its President from January 2003 to April 2005 and from August 2000 to September 2001. Mr. Rhine holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.
J. Thomas Bentley has served as a director since April 2004. Mr. Bentley served as a Managing Director at SVB Alliant (formerly Alliant Partners), a mergers and acquisitions firm, from 1990, when he co-founded the firm, until October 2005. Mr. Bentley currently serves on the board of directors of Rambus, Inc., a chip interface technology company. Mr. Bentley holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Edward J. Brown, Jr. has served as a director since February 2013. From May 2013 until September 2015 Mr. Brown was the chief executive officer of Cymer Light Source, following Cymer’s merger with ASML Holding, Ltd. Prior to the merger with ASML, Mr. Brown served as president and chief operating officer of Cymer, Inc. since September 2005. From 1984 to 2005, Mr. Brown was employed at Applied Materials, Inc. where he held numerous high-level management positions including group vice president and senior advisor to the president, vice president and general manager of the Intel business unit, as well as managing director heading up their largest product division, global operations. Prior to Applied Materials Inc., Mr. Brown held key engineering positions at TRW Corporation and Burroughs Corporation. Mr. Brown is a member of SEMI North American Advisory Board. Mr. Brown received a master’s degree in business administration from National University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial studies from San Diego State University.
Christopher A. Seams has served as a director since August 2015. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Seams was the Chief Executive Officer of Deca Technologies. Prior to Deca Technologies, Mr. Seams served as executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cypress Semiconductor and held various technical and operational management positions in manufacturing, development, and operations. Prior to joining Cypress in 1990, he worked in process development for Advanced Micro Devices and Philips Research Laboratories. Mr. Seams also serves on the Board of Directors of Tessera Technologies, Inc. Mr. Seams earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and his master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Seams is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Christine Tsingos has served as a director since May 2014. Ms. Tsingos is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE:BIO). In 2002 Ms. Tsingos was named Bio-Rad’s Chief Financial Officer, in 2003 she became Vice President and in 2012, she was named Executive Vice President. Bio-Rad designs, manufactures and distributes a broad range of innovative products and solutions for the global life science and clinical diagnostic markets. Prior to Bio-Rad, Ms. Tsingos held executive positions at Autodesk and The Cooper Companies and was a consultant to Attest Systems. She earned her bachelor of arts in International Studies from the American University in Washington D.C. and an MBA in International Business from the George Washington University. In 2010, Ms. Tsingos was awarded the prestigious Bay Area CFO of the Year.