MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

September 21, 2010 08:00 ET

MKS Appoints New CTO to Further Extend Technology Leadership

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2010) - MKS Inc., (MKS) (TSX:MKX) today announced the appointment of Andrew Wertkin to the new role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Wertkin will lead MKS's global research & development organization, continuing the company's drive to extend its technology leadership in the growing market for software driven engineering change management. Wertkin reports directly to Michael Harris, President and CEO.

Wertkin brings a rich track record spanning more than 15 years of successful leadership in product development, consistently delivering enterprise software to the world's leading product manufacturers. Among other achievements, Wertkin was the co-founder and CTO at Synapsis Technology, where he drove the vision, spearheaded the development, and was the key evangelist for software that offered end-to-end product environmental compliance and sustainability measures. Other key positions Wertkin has held include serving as VP Products & Technology at PTC, and Manager Engineering Enterprise Systems at General Instrument (Motorola).

"Software is the key competitive differentiator for today's products. MKS understands that successful management of software driven engineering change is foundational to strategic business advantage for product companies," Wertkin said. "By conquering the complexity associated with the proliferation of software on a wide range of devices, MKS delivers massive value to leading product companies. I look forward to building on this success as we drive ever greater value for MKS and for our customers through our world-class technology."

"We're thrilled to have such a respected and accomplished technology leader on the MKS team," noted Michael Harris, President and CEO. "Andrew's experience in applying technology to solve complex engineering challenges for some of the largest companies in the world is aligned perfectly with our vision; he truly understands the drivers for product development within our customers. Andrew also brings extensive experience in Agile development practices, which he will apply to unlock new levels of capacity and innovation within our own engineering teams."

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our web site at

About MKS Integrity

MKS Integrity unites the stakeholders of software development through a single source of truth for all processes, activities and assets, to manage complexity and solve the most challenging business problems. MKS Integrity provides a complete range of software product development competence, delivered in a platform that offers coherence across the application lifecycle while rapidly adapting to meet unique enterprise needs.

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