Zeta Instruments hires former KLA-Tencor exec as new COO

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the headline read “Zeta Instruments hires former KLA-Tencor exec as new CEO.” This information is incorrect – Jeff Donnelly has joined the company as COO. The headline has been changed to reflect this. Solid State Technology regrets the error.

Zeta Instruments, Inc., an optical profiling and inspection company providing solutions for high-tech manufacturing, has announced that Jeff Donnelly has joined the company as its chief operating officer.

Donnelly’s distinguished career spans executive roles at startups and established tech leaders, and is most recently capped by a 15-year tenure at KLA-Tencor. Reporting to the CEO as group vice president of the Growth and Emerging Markets Group, Donnelly was responsible for driving KLA-Tencor’s growth in multiple sectors including the LED and back-end semiconductor markets, and he played a central role in the company’s mergers and acquisitions.

“We are thrilled to have Jeff join the Zeta team. The two of us have a long history of working together developing new products and entering new markets,” said Rusmin Kudinar, CEO and founder of Zeta Instruments. “In addition to being a seasoned public company executive, Jeff is a proven entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of delivering innovative products, launching new companies and leading mergers and acquisitions. He is the right person at the right time to help take Zeta to the next level.”

Commenting on his arrival, Donnelly stated, “I am excited to join the Zeta team. With several industry-leading products under its belt and strong traction among a blue-chip customer base, Zeta is poised for significant growth. These are some of the most talented people I’ve had the privilege to work with, and I look forward to playing an integral role as we deliver on the company’s full potential.”

Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University. He has also served as a nuclear engineering officer in the U.S. Navy.


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