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Hitachi High-Technologies Director Hidehito Obayashi Appointed Chairman of Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan



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May 20, 2011

Hitachi High-Technologies Director Hidehito Obayashi Appointed
Chairman of Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan

On May 19, 2011, the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ) announced at its general meeting the selection and immediate appointment of Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation (TOKYO: 8036, Hitachi High-Tech) Director Hidehito Obayashi as the association's chairman.

SEAJ was established in March 1985 by major manufactures of semiconductor production equipment in Japan. The organization's membership today consists mainly of manufacturers of equipment used in the production of semiconductors and flat-panel displays (FPDs). SEAJ is involved in a wide range of activities designed to promote the sound development of the industry.

For Hitachi High-Tech, the selection of Dr. Obayashi as chairman is an acknowledgement of its contribution to the industry and expectations for further contributions in the future. Hitachi High-Tech would like to express its gratitude to everyone involved for this accolade, and is committed to contributing to the further development of SEAJ going forward.

   <Personal History>
   1. Name:  Hidehito Obayashi
   2. Date of Birth:  April 22, 1944
   3. Place of Birth:  Fukui, Japan
   4. Education:    
      March 1969  Master in Science, Major in Applied Chemistry,
    School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
      February 1980  Ph.D. (Doctor of Engineering), Waseda University
   5. Business Experience:    
      April 1969  Joined Hitachi, Ltd.
      August 1988  General Manager for 4th Div., CRL, Hitachi, Ltd.
      June 1995  General Manager, Science Systems Div.,
 Instruments  Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
      April 1999  General Manager, Instruments Group
      April 2001  General Manager, Naka Div., Instruments Group, Hitachi,  Ltd.
      October 2001  Director, Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
      June 2003  Vice President and Executive Officer
      April 2004  General Manager of Nanotechnology Products
 Business Group and CTO
      April 2006  Representative Executive Officer, Senior Vice President
 and Executive Officer,
 General Manager Life Science Business Group and
 CSR Promotion Div., CRO and CPO
      June 2006  Director
      April 2007  President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
      April 2011  Director
      June 2011  Chairman of the Board (schedule)
   6. Brief History of Dr. Obayashi's Posts at SEAJ:
      May 2008  Executive Director
      May 2009  Vice Chairman
      May 2011  Chairman

  1. Dr. Hidehito Obayashi

Media Inquiry:

Corporate Communications Dept., CSR Div.
Aiko Matsumoto / Reiko Takeuchi Tel: +81-3-3504-3258



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