Vimicro Appoints Richard P. Wu as Chief Financial Officer

Oct 03, 2011, 09:00 ET from Vimicro International Corporation

BEIJING, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ: VIMC) ("Vimicro" or the "Company"), a leading multimedia semiconductor and IP-based surveillance solution provider, today announced the appointment of Mr. Richard Peidong Wu as Chief Financial Officer, effective October 8, 2011.

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Mr. Wu is an experienced corporate finance and management professional, with nearly 20 years' experience working with leading multinational and local Chinese companies in China in technology and other sectors.  Before joining Vimicro, he worked as China Managing Director at Dragon Bay Capital, a China-focused management consulting firm.  He had also served as CFO positions in several companies, including China Natural Gas, China Medicine Corporation and AlliancePharm US LLC, as well as a Senior Finance Manager at Motorola, Inc. He earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Indiana University.

"I am pleased to join such a visionary technology leader as Vimicro at such an important time, when the company is transitioning from being primarily a provider of multimedia semiconductors to a more diversified supplier of semiconductors and surveillance solutions.  I look forward to leveraging my experience and energy in the CFO role, which includes communicating Vimicro's transformation and future plans to investors," said Mr. Wu.

"We are pleased to have been able to hire such an experienced professional as Mr. Wu, who I expect to be an outstanding chief financial officer.  We look forward to taking full advantage of Richard's substantial financial and business expertise. We also thank Ms. Yang for her service as Acting CFO during the interim," commented Vimicro's Chairman and CEO, Dr. John Deng.

About Vimicro International Corporation

Vimicro International Corporation is a leading multimedia semiconductor and solution provider that designs, develops and markets mixed-signal semiconductor products and system-level solutions that enable multimedia capabilities in a variety of products for the consumer electronics and communications markets. Vimicro is also expanding business into the surveillance market with system-level solutions and semiconductor products. Vimicro's ADSs, each of which represents four ordinary shares, are currently trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker symbol "VIMC."

Forward-Looking Statements

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Company Contact:

Vimicro International Corporation

Mr. Anan Liu, Investor Relations Manager

Phone: +86 (10) 6894 8888 ext. 7453


Ms. Sandy Song, IR Associate Manager

Phone: +86 (10) 6894 8888 ext. 7401


Investor Contact:

CCG Investor Relations

Mr. John Harmon, CFA, Sr. Account Manager

Phone: +86 (10) 6561-6886 ext. 807 (Beijing)


Mr. Roger Ellis, Senior Partner & SVP for M.I.

Phone: +1 (310) 954-1332 (Los Angeles)


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