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Deepak Kamlani


New Officers and Board of Directors to Lead Organization Through 1999

SAN RAMON, Calif., November 9, 1998 The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium, Inc. (IMTC), today announced that the membership has completed the election of the organization's Board of Directors who will lead the organization through the next year.

IMTC Board members elected for the 1998-2000 term include: Philippe Alezard, France Telecom; Ami Amir, RADVISION, Ltd.; Gary L. Beckstrom, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Ben Schuurink, KPN Telecom; Istvan Sebestyen, Siemens AG; Neil Starkey, IBM/DataBeam Corporation; and Martin Welt, Lucent Technologies.

The IMTC Board of Directors will also include the following individuals who were elected in 1997 and whose terms conclude in November 1999: Narjala Bhasker, Intel Corporation; Matt Collier, Polycom, Inc.; Toby Nixon, Microsoft Corporation; Ian Parke, BT; Scott Petrack, VocalTec, Inc.; Jim Polizotto, VTEL Corporation; Armin Schubert,, Deutsche Telekom; and Lisa Silverman, MCI Worldcom.

The new IMTC Board of Directors has elected its 1998-99 officers: President, Matt Collier, Polycom, Inc.; Executive Vice President, Ian Parke, BT; Vice President-Americas, Bill Zannini, PictureTel, Inc.; Vice President-Asia, Bill Barton, VideoServer, Inc.; Vice President-Europe, Graham Seabrook, Ridgeway Systems & Software, Ltd.; Treasurer, Jim Polizotto, VTEL Corporation; and Secretary, Deepak Kamlani, Interprise Ventures.

"The IMTC contributes significantly to the development of existing and future multimedia communications products and services, including connectivity, features, Quality of Service (QoS), and functionality," said Matt Collier, re-elected president of the IMTC. "We look forward to continuing to facilitate an effective forum in which multimedia communications products and services providers from around the world work together for the benefit of the entire multimedia communications industry."

The IMTC announced the election results at the start of the organization's Fall Forum event in Miami, Florida (November 10 through 12). This year's Fall Forum, titled "Voice over IP Technologies - Clearing the Confusion," includes updates on Voice over IP initiatives and technology developments from the IMTC, ETSI, IETF and ITU, as well as updates and insights from current VoIP customers. In addition, the Fall Forum provides the latest information on T.120/130, H.320, H.323, H.324, and other relevant standards. For more information on the IMTC Fall Forum or other IMTC activities, please visit the IMTC Web site at:

About IMTC

The IMTC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging and facilitating the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia teleconferencing solutions based on open, international standards. The San Ramon, California-based consortium includes more than 150 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video teleconferencing hardware and software, communications companies, teleconferencing service providers, end users, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Since 1996, the IMTC has hosted more than 30 interoperability events around the globe to test T.120, H.320, H.323 and H.324 products and services for compatibility with each other. The consortium's Web site address is