Billerica, MA--March 27, 1997--PRI Automation Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it has added two senior executives to its management team Stephen D. Allison as CFO, and Robert L. Klimm as vice president, Operations. Both have extensive experience in the technology sector. Allison was previously CFO at Helix Corp., and Klimm joins PRI from Eaton Corp. Klimm replaces Steve Avedikian, who left PRI to pursue other interests.
Reporting directly to PRI Automation's CEO, Mord Wiesler, Allison will be responsible for all aspects of PRI's financial and administrative functions. He was most recently at Helix Corp., a producer of cryogenic and vacuum technology serving the global electronics marketplace. As vice president and CFO, Allison directed all financial operations, information systems operations, human resources, and investor relations.
Prior to joining Helix, Allison was vice president, Finance for Behring Diagnostics Inc., a supplier of biomedical testing and analysis systems. He also spent 15 years at Teradyne Inc., a worldwide manufacturer of test and measurement systems for the electronics industry. While at Teradyne, he served in a variety of positions.
Allison began his career as a senior accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. A former U.S. Army Reserve Major, Allison holds a B.A. in economics from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College.
Robert Klimm will be responsible for engineering, manufacturing, customer support, and project management at PRI, reporting to Mitch Tyson. Klimm joins PRI from Eaton Corp.'s Semiconductor Equipment Operations, where he was general manager of the Implant Systems Division. While at Eaton, he had profit and loss responsibility for a $450 million business with 1,600 employees. He also helped to establish and direct the Division's efforts in Korea. Prior to becoming general manager, Klimm served as operations manager, plant manager, and director of Marketing, Sales, and Service.
From 1982 through 1990, Klimm was employed by BTU International, which supplies thermal processing equipment to the semiconductor industry. While at BTU, Klimm held positions of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Systems Development, and Marketing. Klimm has also worked for the Microelectronics and Wafer Fabrication Divisions of Analog Devices. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and an M.S. in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
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