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ESI Adds New Board Member

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESIO), a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for the microtechnology industry, today announced that Richard H. Wills, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tektronix, Inc., was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Wills was President and CEO of Tektronix from 2000 until 2008, and its Chairman from 2001 through 2008. He joined Tektronix in 1979 and served in a range of marketing, product development and management roles, including President of the Measurement Business and President of Regional Operations for both Europe and the Americas. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in computer systems from Linfield College.

“Rick brings a wealth of technology and management experience, and his marketing background will be of great benefit as we transform ESI into a more market-focused organization. We look forward to benefiting from Rick’s insight and leadership,” said Edward C. Grady, Chief Executive Officer of ESI.

“I am honored to join the ESI board and to work with this excellent team,” Wills said. “ESI has been a leader in laser technology for many years, and I look forward to contributing to the future direction and growth of this global leader.”

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.

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