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Dr. Stephen S. Schwartz

Dr. Stephen S. Schwartz

President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Schwartz joined Brooks Automation in April 2010 as President and was elected to the Brooks board of directors in August 2010. On October 1, 2010, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and continues to serve in this capacity. Dr. Schwartz provides the strategic vision and execution to assure Brooks continued growth in semiconductor and life science markets.

Dr. Schwartz began his career at Applied Materials, Inc. in Santa Clara, California, and over the course of fourteen years held a number of senior leadership roles including head of Applied's High Temperature Films Division and Vice President and General Manager of the Services Division. He was also President of the Company's first software business unit. Following his tenure at Applied, Dr. Schwartz was the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Asyst Technologies, Inc. for eight years. Since November 2018, Dr. Schwartz has served on the board of directors of Spire Inc., a publicly traded natural gas company.

Dr. Schwartz received his BSEE, MSEE, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.
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Lindon G. Robertson

Lindon G. Robertson

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Robertson joined Brooks on October 1, 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Robertson is responsible for leading and managing Brooks' global financial strategy including establishing long range financial planning and policies while maintaining positive relationships with our shareholders and the financial community.

Prior to joining Brooks, Mr. Robertson was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Graftech International, a $1.3 billion global provider of carbon and graphite products for industrial applications. Prior to Graftech International, he worked for the IBM Corporation for over 25 years in various senior financial management roles, including CFO of IBM's global hardware business and CFO of IBM's Japan and China operations.

Mr. Robertson holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Texas, Austin. He also holds a CPA license from the state of North Carolina.
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David Jarzynka

David Jarzynka

President, SemiConductor Solutions Group
Mr. Jarzynka was appointed President Semiconductor Solutions Group in October 2018. Prior to that he held various executive leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president of the semiconductor solutions group.

A 30 year veteran of the semiconductor industry Mr. Jarzynka has held business leadership roles at numerous companies including Intel and IBM. He began his career as an Applications Engineer for Brooks.

Mr. Jarzynka holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
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Dr. Guojuan (Amy) Liao

Dr. Guojuan (Amy) Liao

President Life Sciences Services
Dr. Amy Liao was appointed President, Life Sciences Services in April 2020. She joined Brooks in November 2018 following its acquisition of GENEWIZ, a global provider of genomics services, which she co-founded in 1999. Dr. Liao held various leadership positions during her tenure at GENEWIZ culminating in her appointment as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. 

Dr. Liao received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from SUNY Stony Brook. She did her post doctorate studies at Columbia University before leaving to found GENEWIZ. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Nankai University, China and an M.S. in Biochemistry from Tsinghua University, China.
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Mr. Robin Vacha

Mr. Robin Vacha

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Life Sciences Products
Mr. Vacha was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Brooks Life Sciences Products division in April 2020. He holds primary responsibility for driving innovation that supports complete sample management solutions for research and drug discovery including compound management, biologics, and gene and cell therapies. Mr. Vacha joined Brooks in 2014 and has held a series of senior leadership positions at Brooks including SVP of Global Manufacturing prior to his current role. 

Mr. Vacha has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from MIT, and a BSME from Kettering University.
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Ms. Linda De Jesus

Ms. Linda De Jesus

Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Brooks Life Sciences
Ms. Linda De Jesus joined Brooks on January 4, 2021 as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Brooks Life Sciences. Ms. De Jesus is responsible for leading and managing Brooks Life Sciences’ global commercial function including establishing go-to-market strategy and integrated organization capabilities.

Prior to joining Brooks, Ms. De Jesus worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific over 8 years in various executive roles, including Vice President & General Manager and Vice President of Global Commercial Operations ($2.6B of sales revenue).Prior to Thermo Fisher Scientific, she worked for Agilent Technologies and Waters Corporation in various senior management roles.

Ms. De Jesus holds an Executive MBA from the University of Connecticut and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Columbia University.
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Dr. David C. Gray

Dr. David C. Gray

Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy & New Business Officer
Dr. Gray joined Brooks in July 2014 after having consulted with the Company since November 2013. He leads our next generation product and business initiatives in the Life Sciences business segment and is also responsible for corporate-level initiatives to guide our strategic moves. Prior to Brooks, Dr. Gray held the position of Chief Strategy and New Business Officer at GT Advanced Technologies, Inc., where he held various executive management roles and was responsible for global strategy development and execution as well as internal product development. He spent several years as an M&A and strategic advisor to various companies in the technology industry.

Dr. Gray has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Masters and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering (Semiconductor Processing) from MIT, and an MBA degree from Stanford University.
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Jason W. Joseph

Jason W. Joseph

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Mr. Joseph joined Brooks Automation in March 2011 and is responsible for the Company's legal affairs, including corporate governance, intellectual property, securities, commercial contracts, litigation, compliance and regulatory activities. He also serves as Secretary of the Corporation and to the Board of Directors

Prior to joining Brooks, Mr. Joseph served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Unica Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise marketing management software and services, which was acquired by IBM in October 2010, and as General Counsel and Secretary of MapInfo Corporation, a global provider of location intelligence solutions, which was acquired by Pitney Bowes in April 2007. Mr. Joseph also practiced law at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (formerly Hale and Dorr LLP) in Boston, MA.

Mr. Joseph holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University Chicago.
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William T. Montone

William T. Montone

Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Montone joined Brooks as head of Human Resources in October 2005 when the company acquired Helix Technology Corporation. In this role he has worldwide responsibility for optimizing the Company's human resource talent by establishing and growing a culture of engagement and performance.

Mr. Montone served as Vice President of Human Resources at Helix Technology Corporation from 1998 until its combination with Brooks. Earlier in his career, he spent twelve years at A.T. Cross in Lincoln, Rhode Island in a variety of senior human resource roles. He was formerly head of compensation, benefits and HRIS at Rogers Corporation in Connecticut.

Mr. Montone holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.
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David F. Pietrantoni

David F. Pietrantoni

Vice President, Finance, Principal Accounting Officer & Corporate Controller
Mr. Pietrantoni was appointed Principal Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller in June 2013. This was in addition to his responsibilities as Vice President, Finance, responsible for global financial planning and analysis. He joined Brooks in 2006, initially serving as the Division Chief Financial Officer of the Components and Services businesses.

Prior to joining Brooks, Mr. Pietrantoni spent six years in various financial leadership roles at SPX Corporation and Standex International Corporation. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP.

Mr. Pietrantoni holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Niagara University and an MBA degree from Suffolk University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
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