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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 NACD and 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 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. He 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.
    J. Thomas Bentley
    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.
    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. from September 2005 until the May 2013 merger with ASML. 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 also serves as a member of the board of directors of Astrodyne TDI. 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.
    Robert G. Deuster
    Robert Deuster has served as a director since March 2017. Mr. Deuster served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Collectors Universe, Inc., a public company that provides of authentication and grading services to the global collectibles market from 2012 to 2017. Mr. Deuster currently serves as a director of Collectors Universe. 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 of 2007. He also served as President of Newport from May 1996 until July 2004, and in June 1997 became Chairman of the Board. From 1985 to 1996, Mr. Deuster served in various senior management positions at Applied Power, Inc. (now Actuant Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company), which is a global manufacturer of electrical and hydraulic products. From 1975 to 1985, he held engineering and marketing management positions at General Electric Company's Medical Systems Division. He also serves as a director of Ondax, Inc., a private optical components company. He was also a director of Symmetry Medical Inc., a publicly traded provider of medical devices and solutions to the global orthopedic market, until that company was sold in June 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. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Seams was the Chief Executive Officer of Deca Technologies 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 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 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. 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. 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. 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.