People: FEI Co (FEIC.O)
Dr. Don R. Kania, Ph.D., serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of FEI Co. Prior to coming to FEI, Dr. Kania held successively senior positions at Veeco Instruments Inc., a provider of metrology and process equipment solutions used by manufacturers in the data storage, semiconductor, wireless, lighting and solar industries. From July 2004 to July 2006, Dr. Kania was President and Chief Operating Officer of Veeco. From March 2003 to July 2004, Dr. Kania was President of that company. Prior to that, he was a Vice President and General Manager of Veeco's Metrology Group, and before that, Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Kania was heavily involved in Veeco's operations as well as mergers and acquisitions. In the early 1990's, Dr. Kania was also a Research Director at Crystallume, a manufacturer of thin film diamond coatings and a customer of FEI. Before that, he worked as a researcher in the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Through these activities, Dr. Kania has gained an understanding of the needs of FEI's customers in the research market segment, which allows him to offer unique insights to the Board. Dr. Kania is on the Board of Trustees of the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation; on the Board of Trustees of Pacific University; on the North American Board of Directors of SEMI, a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries; and on the board of directors of American Science & Engineering, Inc., which designs state-of-the-art x-ray imaging tools for security screening. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics and Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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