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Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Sass Somekh Announces Retirement as President of Novellus Systems.

SciTech21-22 December 2006-Semiconductor Industry Pioneer Sass Somekh Announces Retirement as President of Novellus Systems(C)2006 JeraOne -

Novellus Systems Inc. today announced that effective January 29, 2007, Sass Somekh will retire as president of the company and transition to a part-time role.

Somekh, 60, will continue to work with Novellus as chairman of the Novellus Technical Advisory Board, as well as serving as advisor to the CEO. He will also continue on behalf of Novellus to rally Silicon Valley business leaders behind energy initiatives through and as the Novellus representative to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

"Sass has been a great asset to Novellus over the past three years, bringing a process-oriented, cross-functional, and engineering-focused approach that has helped us streamline product development processes and grow our organization," said Rick Hill, chairman and CEO of Novellus. "Sass' continued position with the company will ensure that the transition to his full-time retirement can be made without missing a beat."

Somekh joined Novellus as company president in January of 2004 after a 23-year career at Applied Materials, where he played a pivotal role in the development of products that have revolutionized the manufacturing of semiconductor devices, including the Precision 5000 CVD system, the first semiconductor manufacturing tool to be placed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Somekh received the SEMI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and in 2006 was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.

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