MKS Instruments (MKSI) Appoints New COO

October 31, 2016 9:05 AM EDT

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MKS Instruments, Inc. (Nasdaq: MKSI) announced the promotion of Dr. John T.C. Lee to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective November 1, 2016.

Dr. Lee has 25 years of experience in technology industries including semiconductor and solar as well as plasma processing research, at leading technology companies including Applied Materials, Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. Dr. Lee joined MKS in 2007, and has served in leadership roles of increasing responsibility and impact within the company. Most recently, he directed the Company’s Vacuum and Analysis Division as Sr. Vice President of Business Units. He previously managed various MKS business units, including those relating to automation and control, integrated process solutions, pressure measurement and control, flow measurement and control, and valve solutions. Dr. Lee holds a B.S. from Princeton University and both an M.S.C.E.P. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Lee will report to Gerald G. Colella, Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Colella said, “The role of Chief Operating Officer is critical for the company, especially as we continue to integrate the recent acquisition of Newport Corporation. I have worked closely with John during his nearly 10 years with MKS and know him to be an effective leader. I look forward to seeing his continuing contribution to the growth of the company.”

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