Management Team

  • Morris S. Young Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer
    Dr. Morris S. Young is the founder and Chief Executive Office of AXT. Dr. Young co-founded AXT in 1986 and served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Chief Technology Officer and CEO of AXT China Operations. In 2007, Dr. Young retired from AXT management, but continued to serve on the Board of Directors. In July 2009, Dr. Young was reappointed as the CEO of AXT. Prior to founding AXT, Dr. Young served as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Prior to that, Dr. Young served as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs. Dr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Chengkung University , Taiwan, a Master of Science degree in Metallurgy from Syracuse University and 1975 a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Metallurgy from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
    • Gary Fischer

      Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
      Gary Fischer joined AXT as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2014 with responsibility for AXT's global finance and accounting organization. He is a Silicon Valley veteran, with extensive experience working in Asia and Europe. In 1993, Mr. Fischer joined ISSI, a leader in advanced memory solutions, as chief financial officer. He took the company public in 1995 and later became its president and chief operating officer. In 2005, he joined eRide, a fabless semiconductor company that develops both GPS devices and software for location-based services. The company was acquired in 2009. Mr. Fischer continued with eRide as a consultant into 2014 and expanded his consulting practice to assist a number of growth companies on a variety of finance and M&A projects. He holds a Master's degree in business from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
      • Robert G. Ochrym

        Vice President, Business Development, Strategic Sales, & Marketing
        Robert G. Ochrym was appointed as our Vice President, Business Development, Strategic Sales and Marketing in October 2009. Mr. Ochrym joined AXT as Vice President, Business Development in June 2005. Prior to AXT from 2003 to May 2005, Mr. Ochrym was national sales manager at Aixtron, Inc., where he was responsible for North American sales and marketing functions. From 1973 to 2003, Mr. Ochrym held various positions in sales and marketing, business development and product management at Uniroyal Optoelectronics, Northrop Grumman and Rhone-Poulenc, and had extensive involvement with rare earths and gallium businesses. Mr. Ochrym has a B.A. degree in Biology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.