Surface Technology Systems plc (STS) Announces Board & Management Changes

Nov 16, 2006, 00:00 ET from Surface Technology Systems plc

    NEWPORT, Wales, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Surface Technology Systems plc
 (STS), a leader in plasma process technologies required in the
 manufacturing and packaging of MEMS and advanced electronic devices, today
 announced that Dr. Robin Johnson has agreed to join the board of STS plc as
 Chief Operating Officer (COO) with immediate effect. Robin joined STS in
 July 2006 as interim COO to lead the manufacturing improvement process and
 his appointment, with responsibility for all the manufacturing operations
 at STS, provides the Company with a strengthened capability. Robin has
 brought a wealth of manufacturing and operational experience and has
 already made some significant improvements at STS. The company is extremely
 pleased that Robin has accepted this full time appointment and the Board
 welcomes him as a full member of the Company.
     Richard Rees, the Company Secretary, has been promoted to Deputy Chief
 Financial Officer. Richard joined the Company in August 2005 as Group
 Financial Controller and has made a significant contribution since his
     In the United States, Andrew Tucker, currently Vice President of Sales
 at ST Systems (USA) Inc., has been promoted to General Manager of the
 Company's US subsidiary. Andrew, who joined STS' US Sales team in 2000, has
 a wealth of experience in both STS products and the US marketplace.
     Andrew Chambers, Customer Support Director, has tendered his
 resignation effective 31st December 2006 and will leave the Company during
 January 2007. He leaves STS to return to a career in technology development
 and the Board thanks him for the contribution he has made to the Company
 and wishes him well in his new appointment.
     The Board and other Senior Management changes announced today will
 continue the process of strengthening STS and enable the Company to meet
 market demands.
     About Surface Technology Systems plc
     STS designs and manufactures a range of highly specialized systems
 incorporating innovative technology used in the production of
 semiconductors and related devices and is a leader in plasma based etch and
 deposition technologies for processing non 'mainstream' semiconductor
 devices. STS serves a range of applications in several emerging sectors
 within the telecommunications, data storage, advanced packaging, MEMS and
     STS is the market leader in deep silicon etching for the growing MEMS
 market, offering patent-protected technology. In addition, STS has a strong
 presence in each of its other served markets and distributes its process
 solutions worldwide through an experienced sales and service operation. The
 Group currently markets in over 30 countries and has an installed base of
 over 900 systems. For more information about STS please see .

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