Executive Management Team

  • Jean-Luc Pelissier, PhD.
    CEO, Universal Instruments
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    Jean-Luc Pelissier was appointed CEO of Universal Instruments Corporation – a global leader in electronics assembly technology – in October 2007. He has a proven executive management history and decades of experience driving sales growth in the technology sector. Previously, Pelissier was president of NPTest, managing the development and sales of semiconductor test equipment platforms until the company’s acquisition by Credence.

    With demonstrated success in the electronics, semiconductor and semiconductor equipment markets, Pelissier has extensive international experience managing customer relationships, manufacturing, product development, sales, support and professional service organizations across the technology world (Europe, US, Japan, Korea and Asia mostly). Pelissier has a successful track record managing large international organizations, as well as building start-up businesses.

    Prior to NPTest, Pelissier spent 15 years with Schlumberger in various assignments ranging from marketing, sales and business development to manufacturing, service and general management. He served as president and chairman of the board of High Connection Density, a memory module company, and started a consulting, test and product engineering service practice for the semiconductor industry called SABER. Pelissier started his career in engineering, working with companies such as Thomson, Elf Aquitaine and IBM.

    Pelissier holds a Ph.D. in electronics, circuits, and systems and two engineering degrees in electrical engineering, computer-aided design and automation, from the University of Science and Techniques du Languedoc in Montpellier, France.

  • Robert B. Mahoney
    CFO, Universal Instruments
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    Robert B. Mahoney joined the CBA group as Chief Financial Officer in July of 2019. He comes to CBA with extensive experience in technology as well as public and private company governance.

    Mahoney’s career started in the semiconductor world where he worked his way into senior positions at Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor. He spent large amounts of time offshore restructuring and streamlining operations during the typical boom and bust cycles of the industry. Ultimately reaching the position of Corporate Controller at National Semiconductor, he was a key contributor to National’s turnaround. He then joined a passive component manufacturer, Molex Inc., in Chicago, as CFO. Eight years as CFO were then followed by five years outside of the financial function, where he was charged with running the $1B Asian operations.

    The last ten years have been private equity positions which included a public offering of an Apollo portfolio company and the positioning and ultimate sale of numerous mid-market companies.

    Mahoney brings a wealth of knowledge in technology, global operations, M&A and governance. Cost and Supply Chain are two particular areas of expertise, along with the products themselves.

    Mahoney graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and has his MBA from the University of Michigan. He is married and has five children.

  • Glenn Farris
    Vice President, Strategic Marketing
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    Glenn Farris VP, Strategic Marketing develops the company’s global marketing strategy, drives marketing and branding awareness, defines marketing objectives, and identifies market trends and customer requirements.

    In his 30+ year career in the electronics industry, Glenn has transitioned from being a research engineer at NASA to leading marketing organizations for multiple technology companies.  Experienced in advanced simulation technology, semiconductor test and measurement, enterprise hardware and software platforms, and nanoscale MEMS applications, and dealing with clients in consumer, automotive, medical, networking industries, he has a broad vision of market trends and deep understanding of technology challenges.

    Glenn holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Santa Clara University, M.S. in Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Engineering from Purdue University.

  • Joseph Mott
    Chief Human Resources Officer
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    Joe Mott, CHRO directs all functions of our global human resources department.  He supervises and provides consultation to our management team on strategic staffing plans, such as: compensation, benefits, training and personnel development, etc. Throughout his career, Joe has demonstrated exceptional ability as an agent of change and a strategic business partner, helping companies to scale, grow and globalize.

    His background includes many years of providing human resources solutions for L-3 Vertex Logistics Solutions and SOS International Ltd. both companies specializing in aerospace, aviation and defense industries for the US Government and which brought him to countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Dubai, and Columbia.

    Joe is an innovative and resourceful professional with extensive HR management experience and expertise in labor relations, policy, procedure, and best practice implementation. Joe holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science (B.A.Sc) in Human Resources Management and Services from SUNY, Oswego, as well as the following certifications: DDI Certified Trainer, OZ Principle of Accountability Certified Trainer.

  • Brad Bennett
    Vice President, Business Unit General Manager
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    Brad Bennett, VP Business Unit General Manager manages and directs the sales process execution for PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) and solutions business. He is responsible for market and application execution, RFQ (Request for Quote) and DFM (Design for Manufacturability) prioritization and execution.

    Brad has held various management roles with increasing degrees of responsibility at Universal. For the past 15 years he was VP, Global Sales and led the global sales organization and all in-region technical and administrative support functions. He was responsible for profitable growth of 6 geographic areas of operation with diverse product line objectives, each utilizing a combination of resources aligned as a multi-tier team.

    Brad is a results driven sales strategist with more than 25 years of driving profitable revenue growth and securing new customer penetrations in highly competitive capital goods markets. He holds a BSIE in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

  • John North
    Vice President, Sales & Field Operations
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    John North was named Vice President,  Sales & Field Operations in March 2020. John directs our Global Sales team, evaluates sales strategies, recommends adjustments to meet changing market conditions, and streamlines our business processes. His focus also includes managing customer expectations and contributing to a high level of customer satisfaction.

    John has held multiple global positions where he was responsible for direct and cross functional business development and international sales teams.  In his last assignment, John served as VP, Sales for Des-Case Corporation. He has a strong background in growing market share and developing teams throughout Asia.

    John has over 30 years of experience in marketing and sales management related to capital equipment, semiconductor, electronics and chemicals.  He holds an MBA from Drexel University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.  He is fluent in both English and Chinese.

  • Ameet Ravetkar
    Vice President, Global Services
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    Ameet Ravetkar was named Vice President, Global Services in January 2020. He directs our World-Wide Global Services team, ensures customer satisfaction, manages our field engineering teams, establishes and delivers service products and provides oversight to our world-wide spare parts and training divisions.

    Ameet spent the past 17 years at Dell in various senior management roles. For the last four years he was the Global Director of Services driving the $1B account management services business; enabled 8 new services, expanded markets, grew revenue by $73M, improved productivity from 69 to 82% and increased customer experience to 95%.

    He has extensive experience in global leadership, management, strategy, planning and execution and management of local, regional and global teams.  He holds an MBA from the University of Texas and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • Mark Cloud
    Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
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    Mark Cloud, VP Supply Chain drives all aspects of strategic sourcing, manages supplier performance, ensures timely material planning and inventory management, and oversees logistics for the smooth delivery of equipment.

    Mark has extensive experience in China, Taiwan, and Korea where he developed effective cost reduction systems and project management strategies to expand business relationships, boosted productivity and increased profits. Mark spent the previously eight years as the VP, Supply Chain for Winsson Enterprises Co., Ltd; a mid-tier EMS supplier with factories in both China and Taiwan.

    He has broad experience in all aspects of strategic sourcing, as well as extensive business experience dealing with customers throughout Asia.  Mark holds a BA from Texas A & M University and is fluent in both English and Chinese.