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Publication Date: 10/1/2007
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CBA Group: Chairman Jean-Luc Pelissier New Universal CEO
Binghamton, NY — The CBA Group, a group of companies comprised of Universal Instruments Corporation, Vitronics Soltec, Unovis Solutions, and Hover-Davis, announced that Jean-Luc Pelissier, currently Chairman of the group, will also be taking over as Chief Executive Officer, and President of Universal Instruments Corporation.

CEO and Universal President Jeroen Schmits has decided to leave the CBA Group to pursue a different career opportunity in an unrelated field. Jeroen has been involved with Universal Instruments, Vitronics Soltec, and Hover-Davis for over a decade in a variety of roles. He was named President of Universal Instruments in 2005 and took on his executive role at the CBA Group when Francisco Partners acquired the group in November 2006.

Jean-Luc Pelissier has over 20 years of experience in the electronics industry and the capital equipment markets. He has strong international experience in market development, key account and customer relationship management, as well as strategic growth expertise, including mergers and acquisitions. Before joining CBA, Jean-Luc was President of NPTest, a Schlumberger spin-off, purchased by Francisco Partners in 2003. Jean-Luc led a successful IPO of NPTest and subsequently sold the company to Credence Systems Corporation. Prior to NPTest, Jean-Luc spent 15 years with Schlumberger managing the development and sales of semiconductor test equipment platforms in various assignments ranging from marketing, sales, and business development to engineering, manufacturing, professional services and general management.

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