Thomas St. Dennis
Thomas St. Dennis has served as a director since September 2010. Mr. St. Dennis served as our Executive Chairperson of the Board of Directors from October 23, 2013 until February 2016, after which he has served as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Mr. St. Dennis served as our Chief Executive Officer from September 2010 through December 2014. Mr. St. Dennis has served as a director of Axcelis Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor company, since May 2015. Mr. St. Dennis has served as a director of Veeco Instruments Inc. since May 2016, including as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. St. Dennis also served on the Board of Directors of Mattson Technology, Inc., a semiconductor manufacturing company, from September 2013 to May 2016. Mr. St. Dennis previously held various positions at Applied Materials, Inc. from 1992 to 1999 and again from 2005 to 2009, most recently as its Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Silicon Systems Group. He also served at Novellus Systems, Inc. as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2003 to 2005. From 1999 to 2003 Mr. St. Dennis was President and Chief Executive Officer of Wind River Systems, Inc. Mr. St. Dennis holds an M.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. St. Dennis provides extensive semiconductor industry and leadership experience as the past Chief Executive Officer of the company, as well as from having served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Silicon Systems Group at Applied Materials, and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wind River Systems, Inc. He maintains a valuable network of customer and industry relationships, and vital perspectives on corporate governance from his service on several public company boards. Mr. St. Dennis’s top three skills identified in our Board skills assessment are Sales and Marketing, Board Practices of Public Companies, and International Business Operations.
Jorge Titinger has served as a director since June 2021. Mr. Titinger is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Titinger Consulting, a firm he founded in November 2016, focused on providing strategy, corporate transformation, and culture advice to its clients. He also serves as a director of CalAmp Corp., a position he has held since June 2015, and as a director of Axcelis Technologies, Inc., a position he has held since August 2019. Mr. Titinger served as a director of Xcerra Corporation from October 2012 until it was acquired by Cohu in 2018 where he served as a director until May 2021. He also served as a director of Hercules Capital, Inc., from October 2017 to June 2020. Mr. Titinger was President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Silicon Graphics, Inc. from February 2012 to November 2016. Mr. Titinger also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of Verigy Ltd. in 2011 and held other senior executive roles from 2008 to 2011. Prior to Verigy, he held senior executive positions with FormFactor, Inc., KLA-Tencor Corporation and Applied Materials.
Mr. Titinger brings to the Board over 30 years of experience in the high-tech industry and has held various executive positions in the semiconductor equipment and computer industries. Mr. Titinger is also a published author of the book, “Differences That Make A Difference,” which focuses on the impact of inclusion and diversity on the success of companies. Mr. Titinger brings an innovative perspective to FormFactor with his extensive board level experience in public companies, significant industry knowledge, and ability to develop strategic initiatives.
All Board members and nominees are expected to fully participate in Board activities, including preparation for, attendance at and active participation in meetings of our Board of Directors, and to have a high degree of personal integrity and interpersonal skills. Each is also expected to represent the best interests of all of our stockholders.
We have determined that Messrs. Link, Maier, St. Dennis, and Titinger, and Mses. Steven-Waiss, Obregon-Jimenez and Rhodes are currently independent directors under applicable Nasdaq Stock Market and SEC rules. Edward Rogas, Jr. qualified as independent during the period he served on the Board. Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Slessor, is a member of our Board and is not independent. There are no family relationships among any of the director nominees, directors or any of our executive officers. In addition, no nominee has an arrangement or understanding with another person under which he or she was or is to be selected as a director or nominee.