June 29, 2021 – Executive search firm ON Partners has assisted in the placement of Amanda Daniel as the first chief human resources officer (CHRO) of SkyWater Technology, a technology realization firm. Baillie Parker and Alex Pelak led the assignment. “We are focused on optimizing our performance-driven culture as we aggressively expand and scale our technology as a service (TaaS) business model across the semiconductor industry,” said Thomas Sonderman, president and CEO of SkyWater. “Amanda has the right expertise to help SkyWater rapidly adopt and integrate best in class human resource practices. By implementing the right programs, systems and processes, SkyWater will continue to create an environment that inspires the best talent to co-create the future with our customers.”
SkyWater’s growth strategy depends on attracting and retaining top talent. Ms. Daniel has a track record of working in complex high-tech organizations, driving all aspects of human resource strategy and execution. In the CHRO role at SkyWater, she will craft talent acquisition strategies to build strong pipelines for future hiring needs while maximizing the effectiveness of the company’s existing human capital. An immediate priority will be defining and applying comprehensive organizational and leadership development solutions that embody SkyWater’s culture and business practices to further enable the execution of SkyWater’s business growth objectives.
With over 20 years of experience in the high-tech manufacturing space, Ms. Daniel has gained knowledge leading high performance global HR teams. Her background includes talent acquisition and the creation of organizational development programs that are derived from a culture based on diversity, equity and inclusion. These experiences encompass the entire talent optimization spectrum, spanning organic growth as well as that tied to mergers and acquisitions.
Ms. Daniel’s previous experience includes most recently serving as senior vice president and CHRO at MTS Systems Corporation, a global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. Her prior positions include roles as vice president of human resources at Twin City Fan Companies Ltd., Equus Holdings Inc. and Stratasys Ltd.
“I am thrilled to join the impressive executive team that has been assembled to lead SkyWater’s strategic and operational initiatives,” said Ms. Daniel. “I look forward to executing the company’s human resource strategy that will be integral to our fast-paced growth plans. My passion around the total employee experience and helping each employee reach their full potential is well aligned with the high-performance culture at SkyWater.”
SkyWater is a U.S.-owned and U.S.-based pure-play semiconductor foundry and is a DOD-accredited trusted supplier, specializing in custom technology development services, volume manufacturing and advanced packaging capabilities. Through its Technology Foundry model, SkyWater’s operations in Bloomington, MN, and Kissimmee, FL, provide unique processing capabilities to enable quality production and advanced packaging for mixed-signal CMOS, power, rad-hard and ROIC solutions.
With a primary focus on technology, consumer, industrial and the life science sectors, ON Partners recruits C-level and board talent for public and private companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms. In 2020, ON Partners was named for the seventh consecutive year named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing U.S. companies. Founded in 2006, the firm’s consultants work from offices in Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Dallas; Menlo Park, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and San Francisco and New York. ON Partners was also named of the one fastest growing search firms this year by Hunt Scanlon Media. The firm is now ranked as one of the 20 largest search firms in the nation.
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Mr. Parker, a partner with ON Partners, focuses on board, C-level and VP-level placements for leading private equity and venture backed companies. His search experience spans over a decade of work across a range of functions and disciplines for both private and multi-billion-dollar public companies. Mr. Parker has completed over 300 completed searches for C-level, board, and high-level executive leaders across a range of functions.
As a consultant, Mr. Pelak has a strong focus in technology, aerospace and defense, and industrial. His recent work includes senior-level placements for lidar, photonics, semiconductor, advanced materials, and consumer electronics clients.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media