Electro Scientific Industries Inc.

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ESI Announces the Hire of James Latham as Chief Marketing Officer

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: ESIO), a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced that James Latham has been hired as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Mr. Latham is a 20-year marketing leader and digital marketing strategist with extensive experience in growth companies such as IBM, Lotus Development Corporation, McCann WorldGroup, and Atlas Telecom. Most recently he was Chief Marketing Officer for OpenText Corporation. James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from State University of New York and a Master’s Degree in International Marketing Management from Boston University.

“ESI’s growth strategy centers on applying our technology to large, near-adjacent markets where we can demonstrate a cost of ownership advantage,” stated Edward C. Grady, CEO of ESI. “James’ experience and strategic marketing process understanding will help guide both our product development and our go-to-market strategy. I am excited to work with James as we transform ESI into a market-driven growth company.”

About ESI, Inc.

ESI is a leading supplier of innovative, laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry. Our systems enable precise structuring and testing of micron to submicron features in smart consumer electronics, semiconductors, LEDs and other high-value components. We partner with our customers to make breakthrough technologies possible in the microelectronics, semiconductor and other emerging industries. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland, Ore., with global operations from the Pacific Northwest to the Pacific Rim. More information is available at www.esi.com.

ESI

Brian Smith, 503-672-5760

smithb@esi.com

Source: Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.

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