WALLA WALLA, Wash., June 7, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Key Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTEC) announced today the appointment of Joel S. Bustos as Senior Vice President of Global Operations. Effective June 14, 2010, Bustos will have responsibility for continuing the development of a global operations and manufacturing strategy for the Company that is closely tied to the overall corporate strategy, building shareholder value through asset management, cost containment and flawless implementation, developing a global procurement and supply chain strategy, and managing the operational introduction of new products. David Camp, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented: "We are very pleased with Joel's strong business and operations experience, spanning the critical functions of engineering, supply chain, quality, test, product management, human resources, finance and business development. He has developed both greenfield facilities and integrated acquisitions into an existing business. We are particularly excited about his exceptional experience in establishing global supply chain and operations strategies. He has demonstrated a dynamic ability to manage operations to achieve increased efficiencies and profitability, and we believe that he will be a strong contributor to Key's future growth." The past three years of Bustos' career have been with Aehr Test Systems in Fremont, California, where has served as Vice President of Operations with responsibility for global operations and supply chain. During the prior six years, Bustos was with Celestica Corporation, a Canada-based company, where he served as General Manager of the Consumer Business Unit, and General Manager of the company's San Jose facility. Bustos' previous career experience was with Flextronics International, Ltd., a Singapore-based company, as General Manager of New England Operations in Boston, Massachusetts, and Director of Strategic Accounts in Milpitas, California. Prior to that, Bustos served as Director of Operations for Read-Rite Corporation in Milpitas, California, and Director of Operations for Asyst Technologies, Inc. in Fremont, California.