|About Us Overview
Directors & Advisors
Michel Villemain, Ph.D.Founder &
Michel Villemain has more than 15 years of experience in the
semiconductor test and failure analysis equipment business.
Most recently, Michel was Vice President Marketing for the
Circuit Edit and Mask Repair Division at FEI. Prior to that, he
was General Manager of the CD-SEM Business Unit at KLA-Tencor.
Michel started his career with Schlumberger (later NPTest),
where he served in various technical and managerial capacities
over 19 years, in Europe, Texas and California. He has served
as General Manager for Schlumberger ATE Europe, Vice President
Marketing of the Test Division, and for five years General
Manager of the Probe Systems (IDS) Division.
Michel graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in France, and
holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Orsay University.
Frank SaukCo-founder & VP
Frank Sauk has over 25 years experience in the semiconductor
test and failure analysis industry.
Most recently, he was Director of Diagnostic Services and
Member of Technical Staff at Credence. Frank was a founding
member of SABER at Schlumberger where he initiated worldwide
failure analysis services. In this groundbreaking division, he
was key in establishing alliances and delivering results to
foundries, design service providers and design houses.
Previously, Frank has contributed in technical and
management roles in Massachusetts, Texas and California.
Frank has published a number of papers on electrical failure
analysis and has been awarded two patents. He graduated from
MIT with a MS and BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer
Jack Sexton has over 25 years of financial leadership
experience in technology, including 10 years with Silicon
Valley based technology companies and 15 years with the
leading oilfield services provider Schlumberger.
Mr. Sexton was CFO of SVTC Technologies; prior to that, he was
Chief Financial Officer of Ultra Clean Technology where he was
instrumental in driving dramatic top and bottom line growth,
both organically and through acquisition. Prior to that
Mr. Sexton was Chief Accounting Officer of NPTest where he
managed the financial aspects of the company's spin off from
Schlumberger, through a successful IPO and subsequent merger
with Credence Systems, where he later served as Corporate
Jack is a certified public accountant, holds two Bachelor
of Science degrees, in finance and accounting, from the Carroll
School of Management at Boston College, where he graduated
magna cum laude.
Egil CastelVP/GM - Silicon Valley Hub
Egil Castel has over 20 years experience in semiconductor
fab management and silicon process equipment development and
Most recently he was managing development and market
introduction of Ebeam-based tools at KLA-Tencor. In this
position, he secured long-term cooperative relationships with
top 20 semiconductor companies with resulted in timely
introduction of state-of-the-art equipment to the
Egil has authored more than 40 papers and has been awarded
several US patents. He graduated from the University of Paris,
France, with the M.S. degree in Chemistry and Ph.D. in
Moshe ZalcbergVP/GM - Israel &
VP WW Business Development
Moshe has more than 20 years of experience in the
semiconductor and design automation industries, having spent
the past 12 years of his career at Cadence Design Systems –
most recently as General Manager of Israeli
operations. Prior to that position, Moshe was European
Director for Professional Services at Cadence.
Moshe has performed various management, sales, business
development and technical roles, having started his career as
an ASIC designer. He is an electrical engineering
graduate of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and
holds an MSc in Electronics and an MBA from Tel Aviv
Philippe LabanVP/GM - Europe
Philippe has more than 15 years of experience in the
semiconductor industry, mainly in operations.
Most recently, he was Director of Test & Product
Engineering Director at ST-Ericsson. Prior to that position, he
served at STMicroelectronics as Manager of Quality &
Reliability for industrial & cellular applications and
other quality- and engineering-related capacities.
Philippe graduated from Institut National des Sciences
Appliquées (INSA, Toulouse) with a MS in Physics and an
advanced degree (“DEA”) in Solid-state Physics; he is the
author of one patent.
Cédric MayorVP Marketing
Cédric Mayor has more than 9 years of experience in the
semiconductor product design and industrialization.
Most recently in the Netherlands and in France, he was in
charge of new product bring up and debug activitiy for NXP
Semiconductors, especially on advanced process nodes in Asian
foundries. Cedric also held product transfer and ramp-up
positons supporting the NXP Corporate Operation sourcing. Prior
to that, he was R&D memory design architect in charge of
innovative SRAM/ROM compilers in a start up which became the
SOI hard IP department of ARM Ltd.
Cédric graduated from Ecole Centrale Marseille in France,
and holds a MS of Physics and Electrical Engineering and four
patents in the area of chip design.
Jean-Pascal MalletVP R&D
Jean-Pascal Mallet has more than 19 years of experience in
the Automatic Test Equipment industry.
Most recently, he was engineering manager at Credence.
Previously he held senior engineering positions at
Schlumberger; Jean-Pascal was instrumental in various
developments for ITS 9000, Deft and Sapphire high-end test
systems platforms, serving computing, wireless, consumer, and
linear semiconductors markets.
Jean-Pascal has published a technical paper at ITC and he is
the author of three patents. He graduated from INT (Institut
National des Telecommunications) with a MS in Electronic