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Cabot Microelectronics Appoints Adam F. Weisman as Vice President, Operations

AURORA, Ill., May 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cabot Microelectronics Corp. (Nasdaq: CCMP), the leading supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries to the semiconductor industry, announced today the appointment of Adam F. Weisman to the position of Vice President, Operations. Mr. Weisman reports directly to William P. Noglows, Cabot Microelectronics' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Weisman joins Cabot Microelectronics after many years in senior operations management roles with the General Electric Company, including having served as the General Manager of Manufacturing for GE Plastics - Superabrasives, and most recently, as the Executive Vice President of Operations for GE Railcar Services. Mr. Weisman's 20 years of experience in plant, operations, and quality management at GE includes the development and application of "six sigma" processes in the operations environment.

"Adam Weisman's demonstrated successes in leading and creating efficiencies and process improvements in world-class, global operations organizations that have a laser-focus on quality make him an ideal addition to our company, and I am delighted that he has joined us," stated Mr. Noglows. "He has extensive experience in large, diverse companies with complex operations environments, and we look forward to his leadership in helping us achieve an even higher level of operations and quality excellence."

"I am thrilled to join Cabot Microelectronics, which has differentiated itself as the leader in a dynamic area of the semiconductor industry through its technology and operations excellence. I am also excited to be able to contribute my experience and skills in world-class, six-sigma operations organizations to creating operations efficiencies and delivering even more value, quality and supply assurance to our customers," stated Mr. Weisman.

Mr. Weisman holds a degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University. Prior to joining GE, he worked as an engineering team leader and pilot plant manager for E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company.

About Cabot Microelectronics

Cabot Microelectronics, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is the leading supplier of CMP slurries for polishing various materials used in semiconductor manufacturing processes. The company's products play a critical role in the production of the most advanced semiconductor devices, enabling the manufacture of smaller, faster and more complex devices by its customers. For more information about Cabot Microelectronics, visit http://www.cabotcmp.com or call 630-499-2600.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release may include statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities regulations. These forward-looking statements include statements related to future sales and operating results, company and industry growth and trends, growth of this market, international events, product performance, new product introductions and development of new products and technologies by Cabot Microelectronics. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those described from time to time in Cabot Microelectronics' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those described by these forward-looking statements. In particular, see "Risks Relating to Our Business" in Management's Discussion and Analysis in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2004, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2003, both filed with the SEC. Cabot Microelectronics Corporation assumes no obligation to update this forward-looking information.

    CONTACT:
    David Li
    Director, Investor Relations
    Cabot Microelectronics Corporation
    630/499-2600
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