Brian Trafas, KLA Tencor - Biography

Brian Trafas, Ph.D.
Chief Marketing Officer
KLA Tencor

Brian Trafas serves as the chief marketing officer, where he is responsible for overseeing marketing initiatives, product development, marketing communications, market research, and the development of marketing talent.  During his tenure, he has led the company’s introduction of Laser Scattering Patterned Wafer Inspection products, Scatterometry-based critical dimension (CD) products, and developed a company-wide program of marketing best practices and talent forums. Prior to this appointment, he served as vice president and general manager of KLA-Tencor’s CD metrology division.

With two decades of experience in the semiconductor capital equipment industry, with an emphasis on process control, Trafas is a sought-after author having contributed more than 30 technical papers. He has written extensively about CD process control, advanced patterned wafer inspection methodologies and the application of scanning probe microscopes. Currently, Trafas is the chairman of the SEMI North America Advisory Board, leading multiple constituencies in the advancement of semiconductor technology.

Trafas holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. John’s University and a doctorate in materials science from the University of Minnesota. He has earned several industry honors including the R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine.