President & CEO
Cascade Microtech’s Board of Directors appointed Michael D. Burger as the company’s president, chief executive officer, and a member of the company’s board of directors effective July 6, 2010. Prior to joining Cascade Microtech, Mr. Burger served as the president and chief executive officer of Merix Corporation, a printed circuit board manufacturer and currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Viasystems Group, Inc. where he continues to serve on the board of directors. Before joining Merix, Mr. Burger served as president of the Components Business of Flextronics Corporation, an electronics manufacturing services provider. Prior to Flextronics, he was president and member of the board of directors of ZILOG Corporation. For more than 20 years, Burger has successfully grown high technology businesses both domestically and in China. Burger holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the New Mexico State University and a certificate from the Stanford University International Executive Management Program
Executive Vice President
Steve joins Cascade Microtech after having spent nearly five years as vice president of research, development and engineering at Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. When Mr. Harris joined ESI in November 1997, he first led the Central Engineering group and later served as General Manager of the Semiconductor Link Processing business unit. Prior to joining ESI, Steve was employed at Tektronix, where he began his career and spent thirteen years in a variety of product development and engineering management positions. Mr. Harris holds a BSEE from the University of Idaho.
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Killian joined Cascade Microtech in June 2008 as the Director of Finance and was promoted to Vice President, Finance and CFO in April 2010. Prior to joining Cascade Microtech, Jeff spent over 11 years at TriQuint Semiconductor, a leader in high-performance RF components for wireless communications. While at TriQuint from 1997 to 2008, he held positions of increasing responsibility including treasurer, corporate controller, and director of financial planning and analysis. He holds a BS in Finance from Oregon State University and an MBA from University of Oregon.
Vice President, Human Resources
Ellen has twenty-five years of experience helping organizations succeed by aligning their strategy with their culture. She began her career as a labor and employment attorney for a large multinational law firm. After transferring her skills to the Legal Department at Intel Corporation, she moved into Human Resources in order to have a greater impact on the link between business strategy and people. Her final position at Intel was as Director of World Wide Talent Acquisition. From Intel, Ellen joined Electro Scientific Industries as their vice president of Human Resources. There she developed and deployed cultural change programs to complement the business direction. She moved her professional focus to consulting in 2007 to concentrate on integrating business strategy, large scale change management, and organizational development. Ellen holds a B.A. in Economics from Brown University, an M.A. in Organizational Design from Seattle University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
Vice President, Operations
Steve has over 30 years of experience in a broad array of positions in micro-fabrication operations, engineering management and semiconductor process engineering. Prior to Cascade Microtech, he spent over 16 years at TriQuint Semiconductor as the director of process engineering and for the most recent five years as general manager of military bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and surface acoustic wave (SAW) products as well as BAW production. Steve began his career at Hewlett Packard as a process development engineer, and then moved to Electronic Decisions, Inc. of Illinois where he served as wafer fabrication manager. Mr. Mahon holds a BSEE from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MSEE from Stanford University.
Vice President, Marketing
Debbora brings a wealth of experience to the Cascade Microtech management team, having spent many years helping companies navigate a rapidly changing design and manufacturing landscape. Her specialties include competitive analysis, product positioning, portfolio planning, strategic planning and development, as well as mergers and acquisitions. She believes strongly in mentoring and leadership to build strong teams that deliver results, and frequently speaks on the subject of Corporate Leadership. Debbora most recently served as vice president of marketing for The CBA Group, comprised of Universal Instruments Corporation and Hover-Davis. Before joining The CBA Group, Debbora held the position of senior vice president of sales and marketing for OptimalTest, Inc. Prior to OptimalTest, she served as chief marketing officer for Verigy, where she drove the portfolio strategic plan and corporate development activities including development of the company's product, marketing and brand strategies. Additionally, Debbora held leadership positions in marketing and business development for Agilent Technologies, KLA-Tencor, and Schlumberger. Ms. Ahlgren holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY at Stony Brook. She studied technology management at the Harriman School at the same institution. Her passion for leadership was fueled by studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.