November 5, 2007 – Charles McKenna, CEO of SOI implant tool vendor Ibis Technology Corp., unexpectedly passed away on Nov. 2. Few details are provided.
McKenna was named CEO a year ago (Nov. 2006), having served more than two years as EVP and COO, after joining Ibis from Brooks Automation (EVP of automation systems and CTO, 2000-2003). Prior to that he was COO/CTO at Varian Semi. Equip. Assoc (1999-2000), and was GM of Varian’s ion implant business for ten years before its spinout.
Martin Reid, who left the CEO position and ascended to chairman with McKenna’s appointment, will continue his role while expanding day-to-day involvement, while the company’s directors evaluate alternatives.