Novellus Promotes Hoang Hoang to Vice President of Asia Region Business Management
July 12, 2006

San Jose, CA, July 12, 2006 -- Novellus Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVLS) the productivity and technology leader in advanced process equipment for the global semiconductor industry, today announced that Hoang Hoang has been promoted to vice president for Asia Region Business Management. In his new role, Hoang, 46, will be responsible for developing and growing the company's business across Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Reporting directly to Dr. Tom Caulfield, executive vice president of worldwide sales, marketing, and customer satisfaction, Hoang will work with each of the region's presidents for sales and service to increase the company's market share across all product lines.

Hoang joined Novellus in November 2004 as senior director for Asia-Pacific strategic business development. A 20-year veteran of the semiconductor and semiconductor equipment industries, he has held various sales and technical management positions at Applied Materials, SGS-Thompson Microelectronics, and Texas Instruments during his career. Hoang holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a master's degree in Materials Engineering from Wayne State University in Michigan, and has completed his Ph.D. coursework in Materials Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

"Hoang brings an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the Asian semiconductor markets to this new position, a factor that is critical given the ever-increasing importance of the region to Novellus," said Caulfield. "He has contributed significantly over the past couple of years to the company's success with our Asian customers, and we look forward to even more success going forward." <

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