Neil Richardson was born in the UK where he attended Bolton School. He went on to the University of Cambridge where he obtained a master’s degree in electrical sciences and a PhD in electron microscopy and spectroscopy.
He joined Fairchild Semiconductor Research Labs in Palo Alto, California in 1982, and went on to lead an electron microscope product development group at Schlumberger Technologies in San Jose, California.
After a brief stint with Schlumberger corporate in New York City Neil returned to California to join KLA where he was general manager of overlay and CD-SEM metrology product divisions and subsequently general manager of KLA’s electron beam inspection product line.
Most recently he was general manager of Gemfire Corporation, a privately held photonics company with operations in Fremont, California and Livingston, Scotland.
Additionally, Neil has been for many years a venture partner at Wellington Partners in Munich, Germany.
Joe Young was appointed Co CEO of Finisar Corporation in August 2019. Prior to becoming CEO Joe served as Finisar’s Executive Vice President, for Global Operations since January 2008. Joe served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Finisar’s Optics Division from June 2005 to August 2008. Joe joined Finisar in October 2004 as Senior Vice President, Operations. Prior to joining Finisar, Joe served as Senior Director of Enterprise Products, Optical Platform Division of Intel Corporation from May 2001 to October 2004. Joe was Vice President Operations at LightLogic, Inc. from September 2000 to May 2001, when LightLogic was acquired by Intel, Joe was Vice President of Operations at Lexar Media Inc. from December 1999 to September 2000. Lexar completed an IPO in August 2000. Joe worked at Raychem/TE from 1983 to December 1999 in various positions, including his last role as Director of Worldwide Operations for the OEM Electronics Division of Raychem Corporation.
Joe holds a M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Operations Research from the University of New Haven and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.