About Us Board Of Directors
Don Tran, Co-Founder, President & CEO
Don Tran is a 20 year veteran of the Semiconductor equipment industry with over 15 years of leadership experience managing product development, global sales and marketing operations. Prior to co-founding GES, he had co-founded Twinstar Systems in 2004 and Speedworks Software in 2002 and had been Vice President at Mattson, Semitool, SVG, and Watkins Johnson. Don received his MS in Engineering from San Jose State University and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.
Dr. Dan Maydan – Former president of Applied Materials.
Dr. Maydan is known as the industry visionary with 4 decades of leadership experiences in Semiconductor manufacturing and equipment industry. Under his leadership, Applied Materials became the world's #1 semiconductor equipment manufacturer. He is granted 188 patents, "Life time achievement award" from SEMI, and SV Engineering Hall of Fame. Dr. Maydan is currently on the board of directors of several high tech companies in US and Israel including Ponte Solutions, INNI, Cambrio, Drexter Technology, Infinera, EFI, and Solyndra
Dr. Henry H. Nguyen – Managing General Partner, IDG Ventures Vietnam.
Prior to joining IDG Ventures, Henry held positions at Goldman Sachs and was a co-founder of VITC Telecommunications, Vine Quality Hospitality Group, S2S Medical Publishing, and Medschool.com. Henry is on the Board of the Vietnam Strategic Venture Network and previously was a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. He also serves on the Board of iSphere Software, Punch Entertainment, DreamViet, Vega Technology Group, and VinaPay. Henry received a B.A. in Classics at Harvard University and his M.D. and M.B.A. from Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management.
Julien Nguyen, Chairman - General Partner IT Farm Venture.
Julien has 25 years of operational entrepreneur and early stage information investment experiences. Julien found AMAT venture in 2001 and Concept Venture in 2005. He was a founder or was part of founding team of four successful start-ups. He sits on the board of Envision, Grandis, ZillionTV, Takumi, and Sigma Design (Nasdaq: SIGM). Julien received a MS degree from Ecole Poly Polytechnique Paris, France.
Mr. Robert MacKnight III - CEO - Reno Sub-Systems
Mr. MacKnight's distinguished career in the semiconductor equipment industry has spanned over 30 years. Most recently, he was President & CEO of Crossing Automation, a venture backed company where he managed an impressive turnaround, then successfully sold to Brooks Automation. Prior to Crossing, he was President and COO of Mattson Technology (NASDAQ: MTSN). He also served as 'C' level and senior executive at other public and private companies including Watkins Johnson, Eaton, Cymer, Microbar, Peak Systems and Markem. He has served on the Boards of several companies including Aktis Corporation, Silicon Valley Technology Center, Crossing Automation and Astute Networks.