February 2, 2006 (Pleasanton, CA) – Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK), a cost & productivity management software and consulting services company, announced today the election of Michael W. Wright as outside director. This appointment further solidifies WWK’s strategic direction as the world’s preeminent cost modeling resource.
Michael Wright's career is a rare blend of deep knowledge and clarity of vision acquired through multiple leadership roles in semiconductor and related technical industries. He is the former President and COO of Entegris, the acknowledged global leader in materials integrity management. Through Wright's efforts, Entegris grew from $260 million in revenue to $700 million in 2005. Michael has contributed corporate leadership in a broad range of executive management positions at such flagship technology companies as Integrated Air Systems (IAS), General Signal (GCA, Ultratech), IDC, Integrated Solutions and Empak.
During his close association with SEMATECH, he founded Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. (WWK), which today has become the largest privately-owned provider of cost-of-ownership software and operational cost modeling tools for the semiconductor and other technology-intensive industries. He is an experienced international executive who, over the last two decades, has built relationships, joint ventures, partnerships and facilities from Asia to Eastern Europe.
Michael recently co-authored the book, "The New Business Normal", an acclaimed exploration of the perspectives and practices required for business vitality in the accelerated, globalized conditions of our new century. Currently he serves as senior advisor to the CEO at Entegris, is on the board of August Technologies (NASDAQ: AUGT), Starview Technologies and the Minnesota High Technology Association (MHTA).
“I am pleased to accept this appointment,” stated Michael Wright, “and look forward to assisting WWK in formulating its next generation strategic vision to address the needs of its expanding market presence. I am confident that their cost management expertise and software solutions will provide great benefit to any industry seeking to improve its gross margins.”
“We are pleased to have Michael rejoin the organization on a more active basis,” stated David W. Jimenez, WWK President and Chairman. “Michael’s proven leadership and broad industrial networking will help lead WWK into the next phase of our aggressive growth. His expertise in developing a world class marketing strategy will be highly leveraged at WWK and he was recently recognized through the EXCEL Minnesota award for his significant role in nearly tripling the revenues of Entegris in the last five years.”
With more than 3,000 users worldwide, Wright Williams & Kelly, Inc. is the largest privately held operational cost management software and consulting company serving technology-dependent and technology-driven organizations. WWK maintains long-term relationships with prominent industry resources including International SEMATECH, SELETE, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), and national labs and universities. Its client base includes nearly all of the top 20 semiconductor manufacturers and equipment and materials suppliers as well as leaders in nano-technology, MEMS, thin film record heads, magnetic media, flat panel displays, and solar panels.
WWK’s product line includes TWO COOL® for detailed process step level cost of ownership (COO) and overall equipment efficiency (OEE), PRO COOL® for process flow and test cell costing, Factory Commander® for full factory capacity analysis and activity based costing, and Factory Explorer® for cycle time reduction and WIP planning. Additionally, WWK offers a highly flexible product management software package that helps sales forces eliminate errors in product configuration and quotation processes.
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