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Bruce C. Rhine
Chairman of the Board
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. (acquired by Nanometrics in July 2006) and as its President from January 2003 to April 2005 and from August 2000 to September 2001. Prior to 2000 Mr. Rhine was an executive at Applied Materials, Lam Research Corporation, Asyst Technologies and Air Products and Chemicals. Mr. Rhine holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Rhine is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”) and the American College of Corporate Directors (“ACCD”).
Chairman of the Board
Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Pierre-Yves Lesaicherre, Ph.D. joined Nanometrics as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director in November 2017. From January 2012 to February 2017, Dr. Lesaicherre was the CEO of Lumileds, an integrated manufacturer of LED components and Automotive Lighting Lamps. Prior to that, Dr. Lesaicherre held senior executive positions at NXP from 2006 to 2012. Before NXP, Dr. Lesaicherre was with Philips Semiconductors. Dr. Lesaicherre holds an MBA with a focus on international business and strategy from INSEAD and has MS and Ph.D. degrees in Material Science from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.
    Edward J. Brown, Jr.
    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 the merger of Cymer, Inc. with ASML Holding Ltd., prior to which Mr. Brown served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cymer, Inc. from September 2005 until May 2013. 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 currently serves as a director of Astrodyne TDI and 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.
    Robert G. Deuster
    Robert Deuster has served as a director since March 2017. Mr. Deuster served as Chief Executive Officer of Collectors Universe, Inc., a public company that provides authentication and grading services to the global collectibles market from 2012 to 2017, and as a Director from 2012 to 2018. Mr. Deuster served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Newport Corporation, a public company that is a global supplier of laser, optical and motion control products, from May 1996 until his retirement in October 2007. Mr. Deuster served in various senior management positions at Applied Power, Inc. (now Actuant Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company) and General Electric Company's Medical Systems Division. Mr. Deuster served as Director of Ondax Incorporated from 2010 to 2018, as a Director of Symmetry Medical Incorporated from 2014 to 2017, and as a Director of Pico Holdings from 2011 to 2016. Mr. Deuster received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in 1973. Mr. Deuster holds a Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company director education and credentialing organization.
    Christopher A. Seams
    Christopher A. Seams has served as a director since August 2015. Mr. Seams served as Chief Executive Officer of Deca Technologies from June 2013 to August 2016, where he was responsible for the overall management of the business. 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 its manufacturing, development and operations. Prior to joining Cypress in 1990, Mr. Seams worked in process development for Advanced Micro Devices and Philips Research Laboratories. Mr. Seams also serves on the board of directors of Xperi Corporation, and previously served on the board of directors of Tessera Technologies, Inc. until December 2016. 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 has a Professional Certificate in Advanced Computer Security from Stanford University. Mr. Seams is a member of NACD and ACCD and is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
    Timothy J. Stultz, Ph.D.
    Timothy J. Stultz, Ph.D. joined Nanometrics in August 2007 and currently serves as a director. He held the position of President and CEO from August 2007 to November 2017. From June 2003 to August 2007, Dr. Stultz served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Imago Scientific Instruments Corporation, a supplier of proprietary 3-D atom probe microscopes to the research materials and microelectronics industries. Prior to Imago, Dr. Stultz served as President and Chief Executive Officer for ThauMDx, a developer of diagnostic systems for the healthcare industry; and Vice President and General Manager of Veeco Instruments’ Metrology and Instrumentation Business. Dr. Stultz previously served as a member of the board of directors of Tessera Technologies, Inc. until May 2015. Dr. Stultz received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University.
      Christine A. Tsingos
      Christine A. 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 although she announced her intentions to retire as of April 30, 2019. 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, The Cooper Companies, and Attest Systems. Ms. Tsingos also serves on the board of directors of Varex Imaging Corporation. Ms. Tsingos earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University in Washington D.C. and an M.B.A in International Business from the George Washington University. In 2010, Ms. Tsingos was awarded the prestigious Bay Area CFO of the Year.