Board of Directors

Mr. Pond is a founder of Intevac and has served as Chairman of the Board since February 1991. He has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Before joining Intevac, from 1988 to 1990, Mr. Pond served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Varian Associates, Inc. ("Varian"), a publicly held manufacturer of semiconductor, communication, defense and medical products where he was responsible for overall management of Varian's operations. From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Pond was President of Varian's Electron Device and Systems Group and became a Director of Varian in 1986. Prior to joining Varian, Mr. Pond was employed by Teledyne, a diversified electronics company, from 1963 to 1984 where he served in various positions, including Group Executive. Mr. Pond holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a M.S. in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Mr. Blonigan joined Intevac in July 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience and extensive technology expertise that spans the solar, flat panel display and semiconductor capital equipment markets. Prior to joining Intevac, Mr. Blonigan co-founded Orbotech LT Solar in 2009 and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. From 2006 until 2009, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Photon Dynamics, Inc. In 1991, Mr. Blonigan joined Applied Materials’ AKT display subsidiary, a developer and manufacturer of complex front-end deposition machinery for the global LCD industry. During his tenure at AKT, he held various positions of increasing responsibility. In 2003, he was appointed President and served in this role until 2006; from 1999 through 2003 he was Vice President, and prior to that time he was Director of Engineering and New Product Development.  Mr. Blonigan is an inventor who holds 57 patents, and received a B.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology from Missouri Institute of Technology/Devry.

Mr. Benham retired in March of 2013, after 46 years in Defense Electronics. He is now a Technical and Marketing Consultant to the Night Vision and Microwave Industries and serves as a Director of Richardson Electronics Ltd. From 2011 until his retirement, Mr. Benham served as the President of L-3 Communication Holdings’ Narda West Division. From 1995 through 2011, he served as President of the Electron Devices Division of L-3 Communications Holdings, previously Litton Industries. He served as Vice President and General Manager of Electro-Optical Sensors, a subsidiary of Intevac Industries, from 1991 to 1995. From 1980 to 1991, he also worked at Varian Associates’ Electro-Optical Sensors Division, advancing through several positions from methods and processing engineering manager to Vice President and General Manager in 1988. Mr. Benham received his BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York and a Masters in Industrial Administration from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also completed executive development programs at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Business School and Stanford University. Additionally, Mr. Benham holds a patent in the night vision field.

Mr. Drapkin was appointed as a director of Intevac in December 2013. Mr. Drapkin is a founding partner of Northern Right Capital Management, a Connecticut-based investment firm. Before joining Northern Right Capital Management in December 2009, Mr. Drapkin served as head of research, special situations, and private equity at ENSO Capital, a New York-based hedge fund. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Drapkin worked at MacAndrews & Forbes, participating in more than $3 billion of transactions, including Scientific Games, Deluxe Entertainment Services, AM General, and Scantron. Prior to MacAndrews, Mr. Drapkin served as general manager of two of Conde Nast publication’s wholly-owned Internet sites, and, and headed Conde Nast’s internet venture investment effort. Mr. Drapkin started his career at Goldman, Sachs and Co. He received an AB from Princeton University in 1994 and a JD/MBA from Columbia University in 1998. Mr. Drapkin serves on the Board of PRGX Global.

Mr. Drapkin previously served on the Boards of XURA (formerly known as Comverse), Ruby Tuesday (Chairman), Plato Learning, Alloy, Glu Mobile, and Hot Topic (Lead Independent Director).

Mr. Dury joined the Intevac Board of Directors in July 2002.  Mr. Dury served as a co-founder of Mentor Capital Group, a venture capital firm from July 2000 until his retirement in 2009.  From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Dury served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aspect Development, a software development firm.  From 1983 to 1989, Mr. Dury served as Chief Financial Officer and then President for Priam, a disk drive company.  Mr. Dury also served as Chief Financial Officer of NetFrame Systems, Chief Operating Officer of Boole and Babbage, and held management positions at Intel Corporation.

Mr. Dury holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University and an MBA from Cornell University.


Mr. Giles joined the Intevac Board of Directors in May 2014. Mr. Giles served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Scientific, Inc., a manufacturer that provided computerized manufacturing systems, software, supplies and services to a wide variety of industries, from 2001 until February 2012.  Mr. Giles previously served as Senior Vice President and President of Gerber Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of Gerber Scientific. Prior to joining Gerber Technology, Mr. Giles served in several senior positions in business unit management, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and sales and marketing management with FMC Corp., a manufacturer of machinery and chemicals. Mr. Giles has served as a director of Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, since March 2013, where he also serves as a member of the Audit Committee; Lydall, Inc., which produces specialty engineered products, since April 2008, where he also serves as a member of their Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance Committee; and Gerber Scientific, Inc. since 2001.

Mr. Rohrs joined the Intevac Board of Directors in October 2010. Mr. Rohrs has held executive positions at leading Silicon Valley technology companies.  Mr. Rohrs served as the Chief Executive Officer of Skyline Solar from 2010 through 2013, the Chief Executive Officer of Electroglas from 2006 through 2009, Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Applied Materials from 1997 through 2002, and Vice President of Worldwide Operations for Silicon Graphics from 1992 through 1997. Mr. Rohrs currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Ichor Systems, the Chairman of the Board of Vignani Technologies and as a Director of Advanced Energy. Mr. Rohrs was a Director of Magma Design Automation from 2003 to 2012. 

Mr. Rohrs received a MBA from Harvard and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.


Mr. Schaefer joined the Intevac Board of Directors in June 2010. Mr. Schaefer was a Director of Websense from 2001 to 2013. Mr. Schaefer served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phase Metrics from 1994 through 2001, President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of McGaw Incorporated from 1992 to 1994, President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Levolor Corporation from 1989 to 1992, and Corporate Officer and Director of Baker Hughes Incorporated from 1974 to 1988. Mr. Schaefer also served as a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States between 1971 and 1974.

Mr. Schaefer holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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