James Millerd Retires, Erik Novak Is New General Manager

Founder James Millerd retires

February 25, 2021, Tucson, Arizona— 4D Technology Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE:ONTO), announces that Erik Novak, Ph.D., has been appointed as its general manager. Dr. Novak succeeds James Millerd, Ph.D., co-founder and past CTO and president of 4D Technology, who is retiring after eighteen years with 4D.

Dr. Novak served as the director of business development of 4D Technology for the past eight years. He brings decades of expertise in engineering, product innovation, team building and industry insight from senior roles at some of the world’s leading optical metrology companies–including WYKO, Veeko, and Bruker.

On Dr. Novak’s appointment, Dr. Millerd remarked, “Erik is a recognized expert in optical metrology and since joining 4D has made a significant positive impact, propelling our market strategy and product innovation in new directions. I fully endorse his appointment as general manager and am confident he will continue 4D’s history of employee engagement, collaboration with business partners, and technical leadership in optical metrology.”

4D Technology is a world leader in dynamic interferometry, offering break-through products for optical manufacturers and industrial parts measurement. Onto Innovation is a leader in process control, combining global scale with an expanded portfolio of leading-edge technologies that include: un-patterned wafer quality; 3D metrology that spans chip features from nanometer scale transistors to large die interconnects; macro defect inspection of wafers and packages; metal interconnect composition; factory analytics; and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging.

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