CEO of Nikon Research Corporation of America Retires, New President
BELMONT, Calif. -- April 1, 2014
Mr. Thomas Novak, CEO and President of Nikon Research Corporation of American
(NRCA), a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, announced his retirement from the
company. Mr. Novak is succeeded by Dr. Donis Flagello, who will assume the
role of NRCA President, CEO and COO effective April 1, 2014.
Tom Novak has worked at Nikon subsidiaries since 1992, first within Nikon
Precision Inc. (NPI) and later for NRCA in various positions before assuming
the role of President and CEO of NRCA in 2005. For 20 years prior to joining
Nikon, Mr. Novak worked for several companies involved in semiconductor
lithography equipment. In his early years at Texas Instruments, Mr. Novak
headed the engineering team to design and build the first projection alignment
system used in volume integrated circuit production. He currently holds over
85 patents in a variety of fields, mostly for precision optics and mechanical
Under his direction, NRCA grew substantially, expanding the scope of its
development effort and impact on Nikon products. "Tom has been a major
contributor to our success, and was instrumental in expanding NRCA’s
involvement in development of next-generation lithography solutions,” said
Toyohiro Takamine, President and CEO of NPI. "We wish him all the best in his
future endeavors," he continued.
Dr. Donis Flagello has served as an NRCA Fellow for the past five years. He
has over 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, encompassing
manufacturing, development, and research. He has authored over 50 papers, and
holds two dozen patents. Dr. Flagello has a Ph.D. from the University of
Arizona in Optical Science, and is also a member of OSA and a Fellow of SPIE.
"Donis Flagello will be an exceptional leader for NRCA,” Novak remarked. "He
is extremely well-known and respected within the industry, and has the
experience and broad-based knowledge required to drive NRCA," he added.
Mr. Novak will remain with NRCA for three months as a Special Advisor during
the transition period before retiring on June 30, 2014. He plans to pursue his
personal business interests, travel, and consult as time allows.
Nikon has been a pioneer in optical technology markets worldwide since its
inception in 1917. Today the company offers a wide range of products utilizing
advanced technologies, from consumer optics such as digital cameras, camera
related products, and binoculars, to industrial precision equipment including
IC and LCD steppers and scanners, microscopes and measuring instruments.
Although widely known for their excellent cameras, the company is also a
worldwide leader in lithography equipment for the semiconductor manufacturing
industry with more than 8,000 exposure systems installed worldwide. Nikon
offers the most extensive selection of production-class photolithography
systems serving the semiconductor industry. Nikon Precision Inc. provides
service, training, applications and technical support, as well as sales and
marketing for Nikon lithography equipment in North America. NRCA provides
research and development in the United States for Nikon’s worldwide product
portfolio. In addition to the Belmont offices, NRCA also has facilities
located in Tucson, Arizona.
For more information about Nikon, access our website at
Nikon Precision Inc.
Holly Magoon, 802-879-5027
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