Ronald C. Foster

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

Ronald C. Foster

Ronald C. Foster

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

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Micron Technology, Inc.
FormFactor Inc.
Viavi Solutions, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at EverSpin Technologies, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & President at Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Grabit, Inc.

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Advisor at Clear Metals, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer at ChargePoint, Inc.

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Director at NeoPhotonics Corp.

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Chief Executive Officer at Oclaro Technology, Inc.

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Founder & Managing Partner at GC3 & Associates International LLC

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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at Micron Electronics, Inc.

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Ronald C. Foster
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Bachelor's, Economics

Whitman College is renowned for combining academic excellence, an unpretentious Northwest culture, and an engaging community. We are honored to attract students who represent the Whitman mosaic – down-to-earth, high achievers with diverse interests. We are proud of our campus and the diversity and accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty. A Whitman education liberates minds, inspires spirit and unleashes imagination. It fosters relationships that last a lifetime. We value community – on campus and off. Whitman holds dear the traditions and value of a liberal arts education, yet the college continually evolves itself to ensure that graduates are prepared for futures that offer limitless possibilities.


The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.


The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.

Career History

Advanced Energy is a global leader in reliable power conversion solutions used in thin-film plasma manufacturing processes and solar energy generation. Thin films are an important part of many of the products we encounter every day, such as cell phones, computers, cars, window glass, and solar panels. Building thin films requires highly specialized power conversion, control, and delivery. These same requirements are also critical in reducing the levelized cost of energy for solar PV sites. Our systems help thin-film manufacturing and solar energy companies worldwide propel their growth and innovation. We leverage our 30-year heritage of power focus and technology leadership to help our customers gain marketplace advantage. Founded in 1981, AE continually pursues profitable positions in new markets through strategic relationships as well as through proprietary development of core technologies that further strengthen the company’s position in process-critical, highly scalable, patented technologies. AE operates in regional centers in North America, Asia, and Europe and offers global sales and support through direct offices, representatives, and distributors. We are committed to quality and operational excellence at our global manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada, China, and Korea. AE is publicly held and traded on NASDAQ as AEIS. Quality and environmental stewardship are core values. AE’s commitment to customer satisfaction, product performance, and continuous improvement is embodied by ISO 9001:2008 certification at locations worldwide. Environmental stewardship is integrated into new product design and technology development as well as managed throughout our business operations.

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President-Finance
2004 - 2015

Micron Technology, Inc. engages in the provision of innovative memory and storage solutions. It operates through the following segments: Compute and Networking Business Unit (CNBU); Mobile Business Unit (MBU); Storage Business Unit (SBU); and Embedded Business Unit (EBU). The Compute and Networking Business Unit segment includes memory products sold into cloud server, enterprise, client, graphics, and networking markets. The Mobile Business Unit segment offers memory products sold into smartphone, and other mobile-device markets. The Storage Business Unit segment comprises of SSDs and component-level solutions sold into enterprise and cloud, client, and consumer solid-state drive (SSD) markets, other discrete storage products sold in component and wafer forms to the removable storage markets, and sales of 3D XPoint memory. The Embedded Business Unit segment consists of memory and storage products sold into automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. The company was founded by Ward D. Parkinson, Joseph L. Parkinson, Dennis Wilson, and Doug Pitman in October 1978 and is headquartered in Boise, ID.

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President
2005 - 2008

FormFactor, Inc. engages in the provision of test and measurement solutions. It operates through the following segments: Probe Cards and Systems. The Probe Cards segment consists of technologies and product architectures, including micro-electromechanical systems technologies. The Systems segment comprises of analytical probe solutions for on-wafer probing, board test, and package test. FormFactor was founded by Igor Khandros on April 15, 1993 and is headquartered in Livermore, CA.

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Prior - 2009

IESI Corp. provides non-hazardous waste management services. The firm offers collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services to the communities, residential and commercial and industrial customers. The company was founded by Charles F. Flood in 1995 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, TX.

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Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney


Principal at Coast Equity Partners

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