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Tom Legere is a collaborative leader who has commercialized products in aerospace & defense, life sciences, medical devices, MEMS, OEM, semiconductor and renewable energy markets for 25 years. He has led startup and mature operations, and his teams have accelerated time-to-market and improved gross margins through lean manufacturing, six sigma, strategic contract manufacturing and customer partnership. He is an industry expert who has presented at Semicon and to CAM-I.

Previously as VP of Operations and Engineering Services, he led multisite operations in the transition to a consultative engineering and specialty production business model.  As Managing Director of a subsidiary he created a semi-custom foundry business that improved spin-out valuation by $10 million. As VP of Operations he launched the first production of fingerprint sensors at a fabless biometric company. As GM he built a state-of-the-art wafer fab on time and within budget.

Tom received a Sherman Fairchild scholarship grant, studied economics and mathematics at Amherst College, and holds an MBA from the University of Colorado where he continued his graduate studies as a M.ENG degree candidate.

Work experience

May 2012Present

Director, Supply Chain


Utility-scale, solar thermal electricity generation technology

Consulted in 2010 and then recruited after the company received funding from General Electric.

Dec 2010May 2012

VP Operations & Engineering Services

SVTC Technologies

Multisite R&D and specialty production foundry business

Led operations including two ISO-13485 (medical device) certified wafer fabs and an ITAR registered site.  Responsible for 175 people in engineering, manufacturing, quality systems, IT, SCM, EHS and facilities. Commercialized products for semiconductor, MEMS, life sciences and A&D clients.

* Grew revenue from consultative engineering services from $2 to $3 million per quarter

* Turned around the Texas operation from - $1M to + $1.6M operating income per quarter

Nov 2008Dec 2010

General Partner

Why Not Solutions, LP

Boutique new venture and management consulting partnership

Director, Supply Chain (contract), eSolar - concentrated solar power, 2010:

* Hands-on transitioned the supply chain from consignment to contract manufacturing

COO (contract), Aurora Semiconductor - niche wafer fab foundry startup, 2008-2009:

* Developed a business plan and pro formas, engaged in fundraising and partnered with 3 PE firms

Oct 2006Oct 2008

Managing Director of Cypress-Texas Inc

Cypress Semiconductor

$1B semiconductor and solar energy firm

Recruited to guide this subsidiary through spin-out or asset sale. With 300 people and an annual budget of $45 million, this TS-16949 (automotive) certified fab and test facility produced optical MEMS, BiCMOS and mixed signal devices and supplied unique PV sensors to SunPower.

* Launched a semi-custom foundry business that improved spin-out valuation by $10 million

May 2004Sep 2006

Vice President of Operations

Validity Sensors

Privately held, fabless fingerprint sensor firm

Responsible for test engineering, quality systems and contract manufacturing. Co-developed a custom coloring process for COF (chip-on-flex) and wear testing standards that enabled commercialization.

* Launched the first volume production to the first customer.

Apr 2003May 2004


Legere Consulting

Independent consultancy

Marketing Consultant, Applied Materials - top tier semiconductor equipment manufacturer, 2003-2004:

* Contributed to a new services model, a strategic initiative cited in the client’s 10k report.

Manufacturing Consultant, Clarisay - SAW (surface acoustic wave) filter technology firm, 2003:

* Drafted a factory startup pro forma for a Series C funding round.

Oct 1994Mar 2003

General Manager, Atmel-Texas


$350 million to $2.3 billion semiconductor manufacturer

General Manager, Atmel-Texas (2000-2003)

Led the ‘brown field’ construction and startup of a SMIF automated, state-of-the-art, 200 mm wafer fab. Qualified this 620K ft² plant for production on time and under budget.

Director of Fab Operations, Atmel-Colorado (1994-1999)

Deployed six sigma and lean manufacturing in a 150mm wafer fab and probe operation with an annual budget of $120 million. This fab continues to operate profitably in 2013

Jun 1988Sep 1994

Operations Manager

Xicor (acquired by Intersil)

$100M EEPROM manufacturer for military, automotive and OEM markets

Operations Manager, Worldwide Assembly & Test (1991-1994)

Led a global outsourcing initiative. Managed assembly engineering and multisite operations - internal (USA), captive line (Taiwan) and contract A&T (Korea, Thailand).

Manufacturing Engineering Manager (1988-1991)

Responsible for frontend and backend ME/IE. Ramped fab capacity from 2,000 to 4,000 wafers/week and cut test cycle time with cellular manufacturing and Toyota Production System methodology.



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Six sigma
Lean Manufacturing