Robert Klimm is a leader in high tech product development, manufacturing and business management. Since forming Strategic Edge, LLC in 2007, Mr. Klimm has worked with technology based companies in the areas of (1) strategy development and execution, (2) acquisition analysis and integration and (3) product differentiation and pricing. Prior to forming Strategic Edge, Mr. Klimm was Vice President and General Manager of Power and Reactive Gas Products at MKS Instruments. He was responsible for the strategic direction, product development and profitability of plasma sources and power supplies sold to Semiconductor Equipment, Flat Panel and Medical Electronics manufacturers. While at MKS, he led the analysis of several acquisition candidates and successfully integrated the two largest acquisitions (ASTeX and ENI). During his tenure the business grew annual revenues from $120M to over $300M – establishing itself as the world leader in remote plasma sources for the semiconductor industry.
Prior to MKS, Mr. Klimm served as Vice President and General Manager of the Factory Systems Division at PRI Automation. He was responsible for the development and manufacture of wafer transport hardware and logistics software used by major Semiconductor manufacturers. Prior to PRI, Mr. Klimm served as General Manager of the Implant Systems Division at Eaton Corporation (now Axcelis Technologies). As a member of the board of directors for SEN Corporation (joint venture with Sumitomo Heavy Industries), he forged a strong international partnership leading to collaborative product development and market leadership. Prior to Eaton, Mr. Klimm held Marketing, Engineering and Operations leadership positions at BTU International, Analog Devices and in the US Air Force. Mr. Klimm is a 1973 graduate of Lehigh University where he gained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He was awarded an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 1975 and received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1981.