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 appointment. 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 Nanotechnology. 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 http://www.stsystems.com .
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