SOURCE: BlueShift Technologies, Inc.

March 12, 2008 09:15 ET

BlueShift Technologies Appoints Peter van der Meulen as Chairman and Richard S. Melanson as President & CEO

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - BlueShift™ Technologies, manufacturer of the QuickLink™ wafer processing platform with innovative linkable linear geometry, today announced the appointment of founder Peter van der Meulen as Chairman and Richard S. "Rich" Melanson as President & CEO.

"I am pleased to have Rich aboard at BlueShift. His expertise in growing young companies fits exactly what BlueShift needs in this phase of our growth," says Peter van der Meulen, Founder and Chairman of BlueShift Technologies. "Rich brings the operational and management experience helping BlueShift to capture market share and focus on customer commitment."

"I am impressed with what BlueShift and Peter have been able to achieve to date. The potential of BlueShift lies with bringing the company to its next phase and supporting a rapid ramp-up in customer orders," says Melanson.

Mr. Melanson has over 20 years of President/CEO/COO experience in venture capital financed start-ups and large multinational corporations selling into the semiconductor capital equipment and scientific instrument markets.

Before joining BlueShift, Melanson served as a senior executive at GlenRose Partners a private equity firm. Prior to Glen Rose, he held senior management positions at Thermo Electron, a $4.5B NYSE company. Positions held included President of Neslab Instruments ($68M), COO ThermoSpectra ($180M) a public sub of Thermo, VP Business Development ($800M), Optical Technologies Sector, and Division President of the Industrial and Weighing & Inspection Divisions ($250M). Melanson served as President of Philips ElectroScan after leading the successful acquisition to Philips Electron Optics. ElectroScan was a venture capital financed start-up where he advanced from VP of Manufacturing to COO to President & CEO. He began his career at AMRAY (KLA-Tencor), advancing to become VP of Operations.

Mr. Melanson has a BSBA from Lowell Technological Institute and a Masters in Science from Bentley College.

About BlueShift

BlueShift Technologies, Inc. develops and markets vacuum automation products for semiconductor manufacturing. BlueShift's linkable QuickLink™ wafer handling platform empowers semiconductor OEMs to cost-effectively adapt existing wafer processing tools to new process requirements while reducing equipment cost. For more information visit or email

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