SkyWater Appoints Steve Manko as CFO, Steve Wold as Chief Administrative Officer

SkyWater Technology reported that Steve Manko has joined SkyWater as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Steve Wold, former CFO has been appointed as the company's first Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

According to a media release, Manko has an extensive finance background through his work as a consultant with both private and public companies, in various industries and stages of the business lifecycle. He has been consulting with SkyWater since early 2019 working with the company's finance and accounting team on a number of initiatives and projects.

Wold will move into the CAO role and will oversee several organizations within SkyWater including: Quality/Operational Excellence, Human Resource Management, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management.

"As we continue to grow and scale SkyWater as the only U.S. owned and operated semiconductor foundry, it is critical that we streamline our business processes and drive efficiencies across all aspects of our company. In order to accelerate this focus, we are creating a new leadership role to be held by Steve Wold as CAO. Steve has done an outstanding job standing up our CFO function, positioning him as the ideal fit," said Thomas Sonderman, SkyWater President.

According to Wold, "We are entering a new stage of growth and preparing to capitalize on favorable market conditions to scale and meet the growing demand we anticipate. I'm looking forward to bringing increased emphasis on the critical business operating functions needed to support our growth plan."

Manko joins SkyWater as CFO from Riveron Consulting, where he was a Managing Director and led the Financial Advisory Services practice in Minneapolis. He and his team assisted companies through various change events such as acquisitions and internal process changes and optimizations.

Sonderman continued, "Steve Manko has been working closely with our finance department for more than a year now, and along with his extensive and proven experience in elevating companies' profiles and enhancing business operations, he will smoothly transition into the CFO role."

"I have been impressed with SkyWater's business model and growth drivers. I'm excited about the company's market potential at a time when the tech sector is poised for significant growth and there is increasing demand for reshoring of the semiconductor industry's supply chain," said Manko. "This is a pivotal time in the company's evolution and I'm looking forward to being an integral part of its continued growth."

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  • Alexandra Scarborough
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    Sarah Jessica Parker, in partnership with Gilt, kicked off the exclusive launch of SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal, Gilt’s first foray into bridal ready-to-wear that would have Carrie Bradshaw swooning.

    The collection includes dresses, skirts, bodysuits and other pieces, ranging in price from $295 to $2,395 and from sizes 0 to 14.

    "Collaborating with Gilt on my first bridal ready-to-wear collection was an opportunity I couldn't pass up," said Sarah Jessica Parker. "The team there is brilliant and allowed me to be imaginative and take risks as I was designing for the non-traditional bride. It has been quite fun to play around with colors, fabrics and details to create unique pieces for all kinds of brides." The collection, comprised of ten styles, is inspired by Parker's vision of a modern, non-traditional bride, and is designed to dress a woman for a variety of wedding milestone moments; from her bridal shower through her wedding reception. Styles offered are a unique mix of classic dresses and gowns, modern bodysuits, full skirts, and a jumpsuit. The color palette includes traditional bridal white, sleek black, plus pops of blush, poppy, light gray and blue.

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Expedia.com has released a year-end look at U.S. traveler behavior and trends for 2017, analyzing data to identify the most in-demand destinations, hotels, activities and more.

Among other insights, the roundup revealed:

  1. Labor Day was the busiest weekend for car rental
  2. Disney Theme Parks topped the list of things to do
  3. The average hotel stay was two nights
  4. Top destinations based on 2017 air travel included major global cities like New York, London and Bangkok
  5. Popular tourist destinations included Orlando, Cancun and Las Vegas