November 9, 2011
Voltaix Names Peter A. Smith Chief Executive Officer
Branchburg, NJ, USA Voltaix, LLC, a leading provider of materials that enhance the performance of
semiconductors and solar cells, has named Peter A. Smith Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of
Directors. Smith is a 20-year high technology industry veteran having served at Motorola, Honeywell and most
recently as Vice President of Corporate Strategy for the Bussmann Division of Cooper Industries in St. Louis, MO.
“Over the last four years Voltaix has embarked on a plan that has increased sales and expanded manufacturing
capacity,” said Peter B. de Neufville, Voltaix’s Chairman. “As we considered the impact of this growth and the
potential for continued expansion, the Board of Directors sought a Chief Executive with vision and distinguished
operating and technical leadership experience. We believe Peter Smith is just such a person and are delighted to
welcome him to Voltaix.”
“Peter is a top notch strategist who has proven himself developing specialty materials at Honeywell, scaling the
MEMS business at Dover and significantly enhancing performance at a Cooper Industries wireless unit,” said
Voltaix Director and former Renewable Energy Corporation CEO Reidar Langmo. “He brings a broad array of
leadership and management talents with a track record of successfully implementing corporate growth in North
America, Asia and Europe.”
Smith, 45, succeeds Mark K. Fine, who served as the company’s Interim CEO since January 2010, and who will
remain at Voltaix, succeeding John P. de Neufville as President. Fine will have responsibility for a number of the
company’s strategic initiatives and will oversee relationships with distributor partners worldwide.
“Mark Fine has played a key role in our development plan from the beginning and as interim CEO for the past 22
months has strengthened the company’s leadership position,” said Peter de Neufville.
John de Neufville will continue as the company’s Chief Scientist overseeing chemical research and end-use
applications development. He will also remain a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive
Peter Smith’s career spans two decades of high technology management. At Cooper Industries, Smith led the
acquisition of Martek, a significant manufacturer of power management devices, and dramatically improved
Cooper’s industrial wireless business. Before joining Cooper he led the consumer electronics product group at
Dover Knowles which he grew from $150M to $240M.
Earlier in his career Smith focused on semiconductor and display manufacturing at Motorola and later worked on
behalf of one of its key suppliers, Three-Five Systems, where he managed M&A activities and also oversaw
manufacturing productivity in the Philippines and China.
Smith has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers, a BS in Materials Engineering, also from
Rutgers, and an MBA from Arizona State University. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of the Society of
Information Display and past President of the Ceramic Association of New Jersey.
Voltaix is the world’s leading producer of diborane, germane, trisilane, and trimethyl boron — specialty chemicals
that enhance the performance and manufacturability of semiconductors and photovoltaics. Voltaix chemicals
enable logic chips to compute more quickly and solar cells to absorb a broader portion of the solar spectrum, and
they improve manufacturability by minimizing defect formation and increasing machine throughput.
Utilizing exceptional expertise in silicon, germanium and boron chemistry, our products are custom designed for
the most demanding applications, including:
- Advanced DRAM computer memory
- Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) transistors for wireless communications chips
- Strained silicon for high speed logic computer chips (CPUs)
- Copper-enabling low-K dielectrics for computer chips
- High efficiency thin film silicon solar cells
We use proprietary synthesis, purification, and packaging technology developed in-house. We also design and
build our own equipment for use in our manufacturing operations. The company, founded in 1986 and privately
held, currently employs approximately 140 people at its sites in Branchburg, NJ and High Springs, FL. Voltaix
investors include Intel Capital, MissionPoint Capital and Novus Energy Partners. Further information about Voltaix
is available at www.voltaix.com