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Spansion Appoints Chief Restructuring Officer

Last Updated: March 16, 2009

John Brincko to Spearhead Restructuring Efforts

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 16 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced that it has retained John P. Brincko as Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO). Brincko's firm, Brincko Associates, Inc., has been listed as one of the "Outstanding Turnaround Firms" for ten of the past ten years by Turnarounds and Workouts, a leading publication dedicated to restructuring.

As CRO, Brincko will oversee negotiations with Spansion's creditors, including debt-holders, to restructure the company's approximately $1.5 billion in secured and unsecured debt. On March 1, 2009, Spansion voluntarily filed for reorganization under chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to strengthen its capital structure and focus its business for long-term success.

"The decision to retain John is one more indication of how committed we are to creating a more manageable debt structure so that we can focus on building a sustainable and profitable business," said Spansion President and CEO John Kispert. "John has a tremendous track record and we are expecting him to play a key role in revitalizing Spansion."

Brincko has more than 35 years of executive, financial and operational management experience. His major assignments have included: CEO of CalComp Technology (Lockheed Martin publicly held subsidiary); president and COO of Barneys New York; CEO of Mossimo, Inc.; CEO of Knudsen Foods, Inc. and Foremost Dairies; CEO of Consolidated Freightways; CEO of Strouds, Sun World International, Inc., Globe Security, PCL Industries, Ltd.; and CRO of Franchise Pictures, VANS and many others.

Brincko has also held executive management positions with Max Factor, American Home Products, International Paper Company, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Grey Advertising.

Spansion, Spansion LLC, Spansion Technology LLC, Spansion International, Inc. and Cerium Laboratories LLC filed their voluntary petitions for relief under chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

About Spansion

Spansion (NASDAQ: SPSN - News) is a leading Flash memory solutions provider, dedicated to enabling, storing and protecting digital content in wireless, automotive, networking and consumer electronics applications. Spansion, previously a joint venture of AMD and Fujitsu, is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and licensing Flash memory solutions. For more information, visit

Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM), ORNAND(TM), ORNAND2(TM), HD-SIM(TM), Spansion(R) EcoRAM(TM) and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. The risks and uncertainties related to Chapter 11 filings include: any negative impacts on Spansion's business, results of operations, financial position or cash management arrangements; the inability to freely deploy its cash resources throughout the company; the negative impact on relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and contract manufacturers and other stakeholders; the failure of Spansion to obtain initial court orders substantially on the terms applied for, including the approval of any DIP financing; the ability to successfully negotiate and obtain DIP financing; the adequacy of Spansion's cash on hand and DIP financing to fund its ongoing operations or ability to arrange for sufficient alternate DIP financing during the bankruptcy proceeding; actions or orders taken by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court that may impact Spansion operations; the failure of Spansion to obtain the requisite approvals of affected creditors or the courts for any restructuring plan, or to successfully implement such a plan or obtain sufficient exit financing, if required, within the time granted by any court, leading to the likely liquidation of Spansion's assets; that Spansion's common stock could have no value in and following the approval of a restructuring plan and could be cancelled and the potential that the Nasdaq Stock Market may suspend trading or delist any of Spansion's securities on or from such exchange as a result of the proceeding. In addition, risks and uncertainties relating to the company's ability to restructure successfully include Spansion and Spansion Japan's ability to continue their operations while in their respective Chapter 11 or corporate reorganization proceedings, respectively; the ability to capture anticipated cost savings related to the previously- announced reduction in force and other measures taken by the company; and the implementation and success of Spansion's plan to narrow its focus on profitable business segments. In addition, the instability of the global economy and tight credit markets could continue to adversely impact Spansion's business in several respects, including adversely impacting credit quality and insolvency risk of the company and its customers and business partners, including suppliers and distributors; bookings; and reductions and deferrals of demand for Spansion products. In addition, the company urges investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties discussed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2007 and the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 28, 2008. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.