SOURCE: Credence Systems Corporation

December 05, 2007 01:45 ET

Credence Taps Industry Veteran Toshi Yamanouchi to Head Its Japanese Operations

CHIBA, JAPAN--(Marketwire - December 5, 2007) - SEMICON JAPAN - As part of its strategy to expand the company's presence in the consumer electronics market and better support its customers in Japan, Credence Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: CMOS) today appointed Toshi Yamanouchi, a 25-year semiconductor industry veteran, country manager of Credence Japan. Yamanouchi joins Credence from Agilent Technologies, where he served as Japan country manager for the Measurement Systems Organization.

"Japan is a very important market to Credence as it is at the forefront of consumer electronics innovation," stated Amir Aghdaei, senior vice president and general manager of Field Marketing and Operations at Credence. "Yamanouchi-san's extensive ATE and semiconductor industry knowledge, combined with key customer relationships developed over the past two decades, will be a tremendous asset as we partner with our Japanese customers to help them rapidly and profitably bring high quality, innovative products to market."

"In this highly competitive business environment, missing your market entry point by only a few months due to quality issues can cost device manufacturers millions of dollars -- not to mention their competitive edge in the fast-paced consumer electronics arena," stated Yamanouchi. "My number one priority will be to ensure that our customers have ready access to our latest and most cost-effective test solutions and strategies."

Prior to serving for one year as Japan country manager of the Measurement Systems Organization at Agilent Technologies, Yamanouchi spent more than five years in various senior management positions within Agilent. Earlier in his career, Yamanouchi spent more than 17 years in various management positions within Hewlett-Packard. Yamanouchi holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Tokyo Science University.

About Credence

Credence Systems Corporation is a leading provider of debug, characterization & ATE solutions for the global semiconductor industry. With a commitment to applying innovative technology to lower the cost-of-test, Credence delivers competitive cost & performance advantages to integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), wafer foundries, outsource assembly & test (OSAT) suppliers & fabless chip companies worldwide. A global, ISO 9001-certified company with a presence in 20 countries, Credence is headquartered in Milpitas, California. More information is available at

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