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ATS makes executive appointments; Broader responsibilities for four company veterans

November 05, 2002 | General
TSX: ATA

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., the world leader in industrial automation, today announced four executive management appointments in a move to support long-term future growth and business expansion.

"These appointments reflect two key facts, "said Klaus Woerner, President and Chief Executive Officer. "First, ATS is a global company with expanding opportunities and it's important that the management structure is in place now to fully support our future growth in a controlled and responsible way. Second, ATS has made a point of nurturing the management talents of its people and the individuals I've appointed deserve to be given more responsibilities. They are all capable, motivated professionals who have displayed a clear understanding of our strategies to build customer and shareholder value. I'm proud that we are able to promote from within and I look forward to working with this team over the long-term to extend ATS's industry leadership around the world."

The four appointments:

- Ron Jutras becomes Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Company. Mr. Jutras has held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since 1985. A Chartered Accountant, Mr. Jutras is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University.

- Mike Cybulski becomes Vice President of Automation Systems Operations, Eastern USA and Canada, which includes the Company's automation systems facilities in Ontario, Ohio, Michigan and Carolina. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Conestoga College, Mr. Cybulski has served the Company in various progressive roles since 1986 and since 1997 has been the general manager of the ATS Cambridge Systems Division.

- William Robinson becomes Vice President of Automation Systems Operations, Western USA and Asia-Pacific. This encompasses the Company's operations in California, Oregon, Arizona, China, Malaysia and Singapore as well as Eco-Snow Systems. As general manager, Mr. Robinson co-founded ATS California in 1991 (formerly Accu-Fab Systems California Inc.), which was acquired by ATS in 1996. He has subsequently served in the roles of general manager of Eco-Snow and most recently ATS Oregon. Mr. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Leeds, England.

- Uwe Geissinger becomes Director of Automation Systems Operations Europe, with responsibility for facilities in Switzerland, Germany and France. Mr. Geissinger joined ATS in 1998 as an applications engineer and was most recently was manager, International Sales and Marketing. He is a Diploma Mechanical Engineer having graduated from University Aalen, Germany and completed his thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Techniques and Automation.

Executive Committee Formed
These four executives, along with Bruce Seeley, Vice President ATS Precision Components and Marilyn Wolfe, Vice President of Human Resources - also two long-serving executives - will form a newly created executive committee reporting to Mr. Woerner.

"This new structure formalizes the approach we've been following for some time which has ensured that all key aspects of our business are operated in a well-coordinated fashion," said Mr. Woerner. "So certainly, this is an evolutionary move. By formalizing this structure and tasking these executives with more responsibilities, we will see long-term benefits as ATS grows and expands. For me personally, this structure offers several advantages, including the ability to spend more time on the strategic development of our business and technical capabilities, which I see as my primary, long-term role. I'd like to congratulate the four executives who have received promotions and commend both Bruce Seeley and Marilyn Wolfe for contributions they've made in the past and will make as part of the executive committee."

About ATS Automation Tooling Systems
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (www.atsautomation.com ) is the industry's leading designer and producer of turn-key automation manufacturing and test systems, which are used in a variety of industries including: automotive, computer/electronics, healthcare, and consumer products. The company also makes precision components, sub- and assemblies using its own customer-built manufacturing systems, process knowledge and automation technology. Through Photowatt International S.A., and Spheral Solar(TM) Power Inc., ATS is an emerging leader in the rapidly growing market for solar energy. ATS employs approximately 3,200 people at 26 facilities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ATA.

Certain forward looking statements are made in this news release, including statements regarding possible future business. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of ATS's products, technologies, customer requirements and other risks detailed from time to time in ATS's periodic reports filed with Canadian regulatory authorities.

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For further information:
Ron Jutras, Chief Financial Officer
(519) 653 6500