SPTS Promotes Kevin Crofton to Chief Operating Officer

Semiconductor Industry Veteran Promoted to Lead Company Operations into Next Phase of Growth

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Newport, United Kingdom - 15 March, 2011 - SPP Process Technology Systems (SPTS), a leading manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition, and thermal processing equipment for the semiconductor industry today announced the promotion of Kevin Crofton as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Crofton was serving as the company's executive vice president in charge of global customer operations and as managing director of SPTS' Single Wafer Division before his promotion to this newly created role. Mr. Crofton will continue to report to William Johnson, President and CEO, and will provide operational direction to facilitate the company's continued expansion.

" Kevin has been instrumental in the formation and subsequent rapid growth of SPTS, especially in the expansion of our global sales and service network," said William Johnson, president and CEO of SPTS. " In the past 16 months, he has steered our global field operations to much success, both in gaining new customers and increasing the number of technology applications. In his new role, Kevin will continue to lead our field operations and the U.K. Single Wafer Division to further growth, while in addition, providing operational direction to the Thermal Products Division in San Jose, California."

Mr. Crofton has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and a master's degree in international business from American University, and is an 18 year veteran of the semiconductor equipment industry. Currently he resides in Newport, Wales UK, he is a keen runner and enjoys participating in marathons in the U.K. and his native U.S. His next personal challenge is running the upcoming London Marathon to be held in April 2011.


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