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Richard S. Hill Elected to Cabot Microelectronics' Board of Directors

Richard S. Hill Elected to Cabot Microelectronics' Board of Directors  Aurora, IL, June 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, the leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) polishing slurries and a growing pads supplier to the semiconductor industry, is pleased to announce today the election of Richard S. Hill to the Company's Board of Directors.  Mr. Hill,  60, is  retiring as  the Chairman  and Chief  Executive Officer  of  Novellus Systems, Inc., in the wake of its recent acquisition by Lam  Research  Corporation. Novellus manufactures, markets and services advanced deposition, surface  preparation  and  chemical  mechanical  planarization  equipment  for  advanced integrated circuits. Mr. Hill joined Novellus as its CEO in 1993 and was appointed its Chairman in  1996, serving continuously in these  capacities  until Novellus'  merger. Prior  to leading  Novellus, Mr.  Hill held  various  senior leadership  and  management  positions with  Tektronix,  Inc.,  General  Electric, Inc.,  Motorola, Inc.,  and  Hughes Aircraft,  Inc. Mr.  Hill  also  serves on the Board of Directors of Arrow Electronics, Inc., LSI Logic  Corp.,  and  the  University  of  Illinois   Foundation.  He  received  a  B.Sc.   in  bioengineering from  the University  of Illinois  and a  M.B.A. from  Syracuse  University.  "We are delighted to welcome Rick to  our Board of Directors and look  forward  to  the  extensive  semiconductor  industry,  technology  and  public  company  leadership experience  he  brings  to  us," said  William  P.  Noglows,  Cabot  Microelectronics' Chairman  and Chief  Executive  Officer. "Rick's  vast  and  well-respected background that he has amassed over the past almost 40 years in a variety of companies  with customers, suppliers,  markets and cultures  that  are also essential to our business complements well our existing Board, and we look forward to his guidance and advice in the years to come."  Mr. Hill was elected today by the Board of Directors of the Corporation with a term continuing until the Corporation's  annual meeting of stockholders to  be  held in 2013. He also was appointed  a member of the Audit Committee and  the  Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The Corporation's Board  of  Directors has determined that Mr. Hill  is an independent director as  defined  by relevant  regulations. The  current  size of  the Corporation's  Board  of  Directors is nine.  ABOUT CABOT MICROELECTRONICS CORPORATION  Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the world's leading supplier of CMP polishing slurries and a growing CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. The company's products play a critical role in the production of advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. The company's mission is to create value by developing reliable and innovative solutions, through close customer collaboration, that solve today's challenges and help enable tomorrow's technology. Since becoming an independent public company in 2000, the company has grown to approximately 1,000 employees on a global basis. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics Corporation, visit www.cabotcmp.com or contact Trisha Tuntland, Manager of Investor Relations at 630-499-2600.  CONTACT: Trisha Tuntland          Manager, Investor Relations          630-499-2600  Cabot Microelectronics Corporation Logo  
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