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New CEO named at Micromanipulator

Staff report

A Carson City manufacturing company has hired a new president and chief executive officer.

Bill Hartman joined Micromanipulator, which makes probing equipment for the semi-conductor industry, after the retirement of former CEO, Kenneth Hollman.

According to the company, Hollman left Micromanipulator after about 26 years to pursue other interests.

Hartman was previously president of MesoSystems Technology, an Albuquerque, N.M., company that develops biological aerosol threat-detection products for the homeland security, defense and commercial markets.

“I am excited to join Micromanipulator and help guide the beginning of our second 50 years of providing the best probing solutions to our customers,” he said, according to a company press release. “With the ongoing challenges of changing semiconductor, nanotechnology and microsystems packaging, production and associated testing, we see tremendous opportunity to improve our product offering and expand the markets we serve.”

Micromanipulator, 1555 Forrest Way, celebrated its 50th year in business last year. Twenty-seven of those years have been in Carson City, after moving from Escondido, Calif. It employs about 64 people.

Hartman has more than 20 years of sales, business development and executive leadership experience in test equipment, telecommunications and other technology-related markets. He has worked in start-up companies to Fortune 200 businesses. He commanded several units in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Hartman received his master’s degree in business administration from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester in New York, and his bachelor’s from the U.S. Naval Academy.