Thomas Sonderman is the president and CEO of SkyWater Technology, a U.S.-owned and operated pure-play semiconductor manufacturer and a DOD-accredited Trusted supplier. He joined SkyWater in 2017 as the lead executive, driving the company’s successful business transformation from an IDM to a pure play foundry. He has effectively diversified SkyWater’s customer base by defining new product markets and target customers while simultaneously improving operational efficiencies. Mr. Sonderman has leveraged SkyWater’s U.S-based manufacturing operations to expand the company’s government business and to focus on reinstating a strong domestic commercial manufacturing presence. He has built a world class leadership team that inspires over 500 employees to deliver process R&D innovation and operational excellence.
Mr. Sonderman’s extensive industry experience in all aspects of fab operations has delivered market leadership and increased shareholder value to high-technology industry leaders Rudolph Technologies, Globalfoundries and AMD. Notably, he played a critical role serving as part of an executive team at AMD that spun-off manufacturing operations to form Globalfoundries.
A widely recognized subject matter expert, Mr. Sonderman is the author of 50 patents and a highly sought-after industry speaker. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri University of Science Technology and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from National Technological University.