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Dr. Gerald Z. Yin

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Dr. Gerald (Zheyao) Yin has served as AMEC's chairman and CEO since the company was founded in 2004. He brings more than 28 years of product development and executive management experience in the semiconductor equipment industry.

Prior to AMEC, Dr. Yin spent 13 years at Applied Materials. While there, he held a variety of executive positions, including corporate vice president and general manager of the Etch product business group, vice president of Asia sourcing and procurement, and chief technology officer of Applied Materials Asia.

Dr. Yin joined Intel central technology development when he first arrived in Silicon Valley in 1984. In 1986, he moved to Lam Research, where he led the Etch technology development and introduction initiatives for several key products.

Dr. Yin received his Bachelor of Science in chemical physics from the University of Science and Technology, China. He pursued his graduate studies at Beijing University, Department of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to his U.S. experience, he served the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a research group leader where he received two national science team awards. He holds 74 U.S. patents, with more pending.

Dr. Zhiyou Du

Senior VP

Dr. Du serves as Senior VP of AMEC. Since the company's inception, he has charted the course for all operational tasks, including oversight of the company's manufacturing operations strategy and global materials operations infrastructure, as well as information technology systems and ERP project implementation.

Prior to AMEC, Dr. Du was general manager of Mettler-Toledo Instrument (Shanghai) Co. He was also general manager of Praxair-Baosteel Inc., a joint venture between Praxair and Baosteel. While there, he held a variety of engineering and management positions in multiple areas, including general management, business development, supply chain management, project/program management and technology licensing in multinational companies. Dr. Du received the prestigious Magnolia Silver Award in 1998 by Shanghai Municipal Government for his contributions to Shanghai city development.

Dr. Du received his bachelor degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds three U.S. patents.

Michael Chu

VP and Greater China GM

As VP and Greater China GM, Michael drives AMEC's sales, service and applications support in the region.

Michael has worked in the semiconductor industry in Asia for almost 20 years. Prior to AMEC, he served as a senior manager at Applied Materials in Taiwan. While there, he held several positions, including technology development, customer support and marketing. Before Applied Materials, he worked at Winbond and WSMC, manufacturers of semiconductors in Taiwan, where he was responsible for process development and yield improvement.

Michael received a bachelor's degree in Engineering Science from Chung-Kung University of Taiwan.

Andrew Chen

VP & Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Andrew drives budgeting, treasury, risk-management, internal audits, compliance and investor relations.

He joined AMEC from Nasdaq-listed Canadian Solar, Inc., one of the world’s largest solar companies. He served as CFO. This followed tenures at other marquee corporations where he steadily broadened his finance responsibilities. At Coca-Cola Co., he was an International Financial Analyst before moving to Honeywell International as a Corporate Auditor. Later, he assumed the role of Financial Controller at Honeywell’s China engines operation. In China, he held CFO positions at Nepstar Drug Stores, Inc. and Sheng Da Technology, Inc., as well as YRC Worldwide China Operations. He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Chen earned Master’s degrees in Accountancy and Business Administration from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xiamen University, China. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the US.

Dr. Tom T. Ni

VP & Etch Product Business Group DGM

Dr. Ni serves as VP & Etch Product Business Group DGM. He manages and conducts the research projects for the development of Primo D-RIE system and Primo AD-RIE which can be used for the leading edge dielectric etch applications. His main focus is currently on process chamber technology, Plasma source and plasma physics and chemistry.

Prior to joining AMEC, he was a principal technologist in New Product Division of Lam Research Corp. He was the co-inventor of Lam 2300 series etch products.

Dr. Ni received his bachelor degree from University of Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Dallas. He holds more than 40 patents in the field of semiconductor processing apparatus and authored or coauthored numerous publications.

James W. Yang

VP & Common Engineering Group GM

As one of company founders and seasoned industry veteran, James leads the Common Engineering group that is responsible for software, electrical, and platform portion of AMEC products development and support.

Prior to joining AMEC in 2004, James was a software engineering director at Applied Material. Since joining Applied in 1995, James held various engineering management positions and was responsible for the software development and support of the most successful PVD products.

James Yang received both MSCS and BSEE degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University. He was teaching and researching in the Artificial Intelligence and Robots Institute of Xi’an Jiaotong University for seven years before working in US.

James holds one U.S. patent.

Matt Ruby

VP & General Legal Counsel

Before AMEC, Matt worked at Sanmina-SCI where he served as corporate counsel. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Foster City, California-based Applied Biosystems, where he served as senior counsel and manager of the legal department international group, leading the company's overseas legal affairs. His career includes senior legal positions at a mix of multi-billion-dollar corporations and emerging, venture-backed entities, including in-house service at semiconductor emulation/simulation leader Quickturn Design Systems and on the original founding team of Napster.

Matt received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Santa Clara University School of Law and a certificate in international and comparative law from Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a member of the California State Bar.