Don R. Kania, Ph.D. was the Chief Executive Officer and President of FEI Company (FEIC) from August 2006 until the company was sold to Thermo-Fisher (TMO) for $4.2 billion in 2016. During his tenure, revenue doubled while profitability and share price increased by 5x. Strategically, the company expanded into new markets with particular success in Life Sciences while making significant improvements in its global operations.
Prior to FEI, Dr. Kania served as the President and COO of Veeco Instruments Inc (VECO) which provides manufacturing and development tools for the semiconductor, disk drive, LED, and academic research. Before Veeco, he served as a Senior Manager of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Don also served as Research Director of Crystallume, a venture-funded thin film diamond company.
He has been a Director of Leupold & Stevens, Inc., a family-owned, sporting optics company, since 2012-2019 and FEI Company (2006-2016). He served as a Director and Audit Chair of American Science & Engineering Inc. (Nasdaq: ASEI) from February 2010 until the company was sold to OSI in 2016. He was on the board of Aldevron, a privately held manufacturer of plasmid DNA, RNA, and proteins for immunotherapy, until its sale in 2018.
Currently, he is on the board of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG, surgical robots), Nanostring (NSTG, life science tools), Lumicks BV (private, life science tools), and also advises several start-ups in the life sciences.
Dr. Kania received his Ph.D. in engineering and MS in physics from the University of Michigan and currently serves on the advisory board of Michigan’s College of Engineering.