Newport Corporation Appoints Kevin Crofton General Manager of Fiber Optics & Photonics Division

Irvine, California, UNITED STATES

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 16, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Newport Corporation (Nasdaq:NEWP) today announced the appointment of Kevin T. Crofton to the position of vice president and general manager of Newport's Fiber Optics & Photonics Division. He will report directly to Robert G. Deuster, president and chief executive officer.

Crofton, 40, most recently served as general manager of Fremont, California-based LAM Research Corporation's (Nasdaq:LRCX) Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP)/Clean Products Group, where he managed the market launch and initial customer penetration strategy for the company's entry into the CMP marketplace, and then directed the development and launch of the company's second generation CMP/Clean product line.

Deuster said, "In Kevin Crofton we have an exceptional senior executive who has a strong background and proven track record in semiconductor capital equipment business management, engineering and manufacturing. This expertise has become increasingly important for us as the fiber optic component manufacturers we serve look to learn from the experiences of the semiconductor industry, especially in terms of yield improvement and automation.

"Kevin's background fits in well with our overall strategy as a capital equipment supplier to the fiber optic communications marketplace. He will have full responsibility for all aspects of Newport's global business as it relates to the fiber optic test, measurement and assembly automation markets. We are excited to have Kevin's strong combination of leadership and technical experience and are confident in his ability to fill this critical role for Newport," Deuster said.

Prior to joining LAM, Crofton served as program manager for advanced product development at the Chemical Systems Division of United Technologies, a subsidiary of Pratt & Whitney in San Jose, California. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Defense as a project engineer for tactical systems and progressed to manager of the Design Agent Branch. Crofton received an MBA in International Business from American University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Newport Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high-precision components, instruments and integrated systems to the fiber optic communications, semiconductor equipment, aerospace, research and industrial metrology markets. The company's innovative products are designed to enhance productivity and capabilities in test and measurement and automated assembly for precision manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Customers include Fortune 500 corporations, technology companies and research laboratories in commercial, academic and government sectors worldwide. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's Midcap 400 Index.

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