Michael Woelk Joins Picarro as President and CEO

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 13 /CNW/ -- Picarro, a leading manufacturer of
high-performance trace gas analyzers, today announced that Michael Woelk has
joined the company as president and chief executive officer.  Previously, he
served as vice president of marketing at Varian, Inc., overseeing the
company's scientific instrument business.  Mr. Woelk will replace Bill Gignac,
who will remain with the company.
    "I am extremely excited to join Picarro as I believe the company has a
tremendous opportunity for growth in the vast scientific instruments and
process control markets," said Mr. Woelk.  "Picarro has developed a series of
ultra-high performance analyzers based on technology that has the potential to
solve many real-world problems for customers around the globe.  I look forward
to working with the talented team of professionals at Picarro to continue to
build upon the company's success and to extend its leadership position in the
    "Picarro is experiencing significant growth as its groundbreaking
technology is rapidly gaining acceptance in the industry," said Alex
Balkanski, general partner at Benchmark Capital and a member of Picarro's
Board of Directors.  "The Board is extremely pleased to have someone of
Michael's caliber join the company.  With his proven record in building,
growing and leading companies in the scientific instrument industry, Michael
will be able to guide the company through its next stage."
    About Picarro
    Picarro's instruments set new standards for sensitivity, speed,
selectivity and ease-of-use in trace gas detection, which enables customers to
achieve dramatic improvements in measurement precision, reliability and cost
of ownership.  The company serves the needs of customers across a diverse
range of markets.  For more information, contact info@picarro.com or visit

     Contacts:  Picarro
                Luc Ceuppens
                +1 (408) 962-3965

For further information:

For further information: Luc Ceuppens of Picarro, +1-408-962-3965, 
lceuppens@picarro.com Web Site: http://www.picarro.com

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