Leadership

Meet the team that’s Revolutionizing Technology Realization.

SkyWater is led by an accomplished group of semiconductor professionals experienced in technology development and volume manufacturing foundry services. This team is managing a Technology Foundry strategy around key capabilities, expertise, flexibility and quality for customers that value a forward thinking foundry partner.

President

Thomas Sonderman

Mr. Sonderman joined SkyWater in 2017 as the lead executive, driving the company’s successful business transformation from an IDM to a pure play foundry. He has effectively diversified SkyWater’s customer base by defining new product markets and target customers while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies. Mr. Sonderman has leveraged SkyWater as the only U.S.-based and U.S.-owned semiconductor foundry to expand the company’s government business and to focus on reinstating a strong commercial manufacturing presence in the U.S. He has built a world class leadership team that inspires 500 employees to deliver process R&D innovation and operational excellence.

Mr. Sonderman’s extensive industry experience in all aspects of fab operations has delivered market leadership and increased shareholder value to high-technology industry leaders Rudolph Technologies, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and AMD. Notably, he played a critical role serving as part of an executive team at AMD that spun-off manufacturing operations to form GLOBALFOUNDRIES.

Mr. Sonderman is a widely recognized subject matter expert, author of 47 patents and highly sought-after industry speaker. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering from National Technological University.

Chief Finance Officer

Steve Wold

With more than 25 years of leadership experience in senior corporate finance roles, Mr. Wold provides key insight and strategy on both short-term and long-term growth of the company. He most recently served as a key member of the leadership team of Arctic Cat Inc. (formerly NASDAQ:ACAT), where he was instrumental in completing the sale of the company to Textron Inc. in 2017. Previously, he served with Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), for 18 years where he was focused on transforming processes, change management, and driving operational efficiencies as the company grew from approximately $1B to over $5B in revenue. Mr. Wold began his career as a CPA with Deloitte Audit and Assurance focusing on providing services to both publicly traded and privately held manufacturing entities. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of North Dakota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Minnesota Society of CPAs.

Chief Revenue Officer

Mark Litecky

Mr. Litecky is responsible for growing and expanding SkyWater’s revenue strategies, systems and programs needed to drive profitable and predictable growth for the company. He is focused on building and aligning revenue generating teams to meet the needs of targeted markets and further expanding SkyWater’s diversified customer relationships. Mr. Litecky’s 30 plus years of industry expertise includes sales, marketing and business development roles, with leadership skills in organizational development, technology development, engineering and operations. His previous experience includes executive level leadership roles with GCM, Interlink Electronics, Soligie (Molex), Starkey Labs, August Technology (Rudolph Technologies), NT International (Entegris), and Rosemount Inc. (Emerson Process Controls). Mr. Litecky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Chief Technical Officer

Brad Ferguson

Dr. Ferguson is responsible for developing the company’s technology roadmap and IP strategy by identifying high growth markets for SkyWater’s Technology Foundry business along with continuing to lead SkyWater’s government relations efforts. Previously, he served as Sr. Director of Sales in the custom foundry line of business at SkyWater and was responsible for the government relations strategy. He started his career in photolithography process development at Cypress Semiconductor. In 2008, Dr. Ferguson started up the Cypress custom foundry business to provide differentiated solutions to technology innovators. He also drove the accreditation process to achieve Trusted Foundry status which launched the site’s entry into the aerospace and defense market, a key component of SkyWater’s market strategy. Dr. Ferguson received a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Senior Vice President of Operations

Tom Legere

Mr. Legere focuses on evolving and enhancing SkyWater’s operations and driving foundry efficiency to support its customer partnerships and the company’s long-term growth objectives. He brings more than 30 years of expertise in operational excellence across a diverse array of industries and technology segments. He has held senior operational roles at various companies, most notably Aurora Semiconductor, Sonavation, eSolar, SVTC, Cypress Semiconductor and Atmel. Mr. Legere brings an ideal combination of leadership and operational talent to SkyWater with extensive industry experience in aerospace and defense, life sciences, security, MEMS, renewable energy and semiconductors. He has led both mature and start-up companies with extensive implementation experience in Design for Manufacturability (DFM), lean and six sigma principles, supply chain management and customer engagement. Mr. Legere began his career at Fairchild Semiconductor where he received a Sherman Fairchild scholarship grant. He studied economics and mathematics at Amherst College and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Vice President of Technology Development

Gregg Damminga

Mr. Damminga leads specialty process development and integration, design enablement, technology transfer, and site yield for the company. He was part of the original Cypress Semiconductor team which spun-off to form SkyWater. Drawing from more than 30 years of experience in the semiconductor chip industry, his expertise and contributions have been instrumental in the formation and expansion of SkyWater as an independent foundry. Mr. Damminga has previously held positions with Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, TSMC, and Cypress in individual contributor and management positions in process engineering and development, equipment maintenance, manufacturing, planning and production control, purchasing, and human resources, managing organizations as large as 500+ people. Mr. Damminga holds M.S. and B.S. degrees with highest distinction in Materials Science from Northwestern University.

Vice President of Design Enablement and Client Solutions

Rick Harding

Mr. Harding is responsible for building and driving the company’s overall sales and marketing efforts as it continues its technology transformation and serves a broader base of customers worldwide. He brings more than 20 years of technical sales experience to SkyWater, holding senior roles in sales, account development, technical design, operations and business development. Prior to joining SkyWater, Mr. Harding played key leadership roles in building and driving profitability for a series of private companies across a range of technology segments. He also spent 16 years at Cypress Semiconductor focused on technical sales and support of high tech semiconductor products and is on the board of directors at Red Team Alliance, a security education company. Mr. Harding holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from DeVry University.

Vice President of Human Resource Management

Casey Sarver

Mr. Sarver has more than 20 years of progressive human resources experience acquired through opportunities with SkyWater, Cypress Semiconductor and UW-Hospital & Clinics. In his current role, he is chartered with directing and delivering on all aspects of corporate human resources, focused on people and culture. At Cypress, he led global human resources teams supporting worldwide manufacturing locations as well as numerous domestic and international non-manufacturing locations. Mr. Sarver has held HR leadership roles with responsibility for the delivery of talent management, human capital planning, change management, employee engagement, employee relations, and total rewards programs. Mr. Sarver holds an M.A. degree in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.


 

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