Kyma Technologies, Inc. (Kyma), a leading supplier of advanced crystalline gallium nitride substrates and related materials, today announced the promotions of Dr. Edward Preble to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Mr. Terry Clites to the position of Operations Manager. Also announced is the departure of Mr. Mark Williams, company co-founder and former COO.

Edward Preble, COO

As the new COO, Ed reports directly to the CEO and is responsible for monitoring and improving daily operations of the company and participating in long term strategic planning.

"Ed has demonstrated great leadership qualities and has played a very key role in positioning Kyma for a great future. We are very pleased to promote him to this position which is critical to Kyma's continued growth," said Dr. Keith Evans, President and CEO of Kyma.

Dr. Preble began working at Kyma in 2003 as a Senior Engineer and was promoted to Vice President of Engineering in 2005. He was previously with General Electric Company after he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering under Professor Bob Davis at North Carolina State University. He has authored over 35 scientific journal articles and is an inventor on eight pending patents.

Additionally, Mr. Terry Clites was promoted to the position of Operations Manager and reports directly to the COO.

"Terry has done a great job in driving establishment of a quality-minded culture throughout Kyma's organization," said Dr. Preble.

Mr. Clites began working for Kyma in 2003 as a Crystal Growth Engineer. He was previously a Manufacturing Engineer with Sony Semiconductor where he became a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He has an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Florida and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.