15 March 2011

SPTS promotes Single Wafer Division’s MD to COO

SPP Process Technology Systems Ltd (SPTS) of Newport, Wales, UK, the plasma etch, deposition and thermal processing equipment subsidiary of Sumitomo Precision Products Co Ltd (SPP), has promoted Kevin Crofton to the newly created role of chief operating officer (COO).

Picture: Kevin Crofton.

Crofton was serving as executive VP in charge of global customer operations and as managing director of SPTS’ Single Wafer Division before his promotion. He will continue to report to president & CEO William Johnson and will provide operational direction to facilitate the firm’s continued expansion.

“Kevin has been instrumental in the formation and subsequent rapid growth of SPTS, especially in the expansion of our global sales and service network,” says Johnson. “In the past 16 months, he has steered our global field operations to much success, both in gaining new customers and increasing the number of technology applications,” he adds. “In his new role, Kevin will continue to lead our field operations and the UK Single Wafer Division to further growth, while in addition, providing operational direction to the Thermal Products Division in San Jose, California.”

Crofton has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in international business from American University. He is an 18 year veteran of the semiconductor equipment industry.

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