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International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) Elects Officers and Board of Directors During Fall Forum 2001

"Spirited" discussion marks sessions about videoconferencing breaking mass-market barrier

San Ramon, CA - November 5, 2001 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium's (IMTC) Fall Forum 2001 meeting in Seattle brought together industry leaders to review technology updates and discuss ways to bring additional focus about the advantages of videoconferencing and multimedia communications.

The IMTC Fall Forum, which covered a wide range of topics, opened with a keynote speech by Blake Irving, Vice President of Microsoft's Services Platform Division. Featured sessions included Multimedia in 3G Mobile Telephony, led by Bruno Thuillier, Director of R&D, Siemens Mobile Phones, Real World Case Studies by Carriers, led by Martha DeGraw, Group Manager, Collaborative Services, Sprint and Tim Reedy, VP of Finance and Marketing, WorldCom, and Real World Case Studies by Enterprises, led by Vic Ellisor, Director of Business Development, Forgent.

Members enjoyed a "spirited" discussion about strategies and actions needed to bring multimedia communications to the mass market. During a panel discussion titled Breaking the Mass Market Barrier, participants brainstormed diverse tactics to expand the market. Panelists included Andrew Davis, Wainhouse Research; Rich Baker, Glance Networks; Craig Dupler, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Henrique Malvar, Microsoft Research; and Richard Schaphorst, Delta Information Systems.

The IMTC also selected a new slate of executive officers and elected members of the Board of Directors that will serve a two-year term. The IMTC has created new posts, which include two Executive Vice Presidents and the Office of Vice President, Marketing. The new officers are:

President - Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Chief Engineer, Head of Department, Standardization Multimedia and Applications, Siemens AG, Germany;

Executive Vice President - Patrick Luthi, Principal Research Engineer, PictureTel Corporation, USA;

Executive Vice President - Greg Meyer, Senior Program Manager, Intel Corporation, USA;

Treasurer - Vince Meriwether, Senior Programmer, IBM, USA (second term);

Office of the Vice President, Marketing - Carole Hodges, Product Manager, Video Services, WorldCom, USA; Karen Frazier, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Telverse Communications, Inc., USA; and

Secretary - Jim Polizotto, Executive Vice President, Global Inventures, Inc., USA.

"The tragic events of September 11 created an immediate surge in demand for multimedia conferencing, as the President of the United States and business organizations worldwide relied on technology to effectively communicate with employees, customers and partners," said Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, IMTC's new president. "Our members are horrified by those events. The companies in the IMTC responded quickly to help the victim's families and loved ones communicate with one another and the IMTC is also supporting institutions that are helping survivors."

"Against this backdrop of worldwide concern, the IMTC and its work groups continue their efforts to support, promote and expand our industry," Dr. Sebestyen said. "Our work groups are focusing on such Internet related topics as QofS, security, and IPv6. In addition, the IMTC Protocols & Systems Work Group is focusing on packet switched streaming, media processing, data collaboration, SIP interoperability and mobility. We also coordinate and sponsor virtual and on-location interop testing."

Members of the IMTC Board of Directors who have been elected to serve a two-year term ending in November 2003 are:

Raj Bansal, Senior Research Manager, Nokia Research Center, USA;

Robert Berntsen, Chief Technology Officer, TANDBERG, Norway;

Matt Collier, CEO, Telverse Communications, Inc., USA;

Ardy Falaki, Senior VP and General Manager, Polycom, Inc., USA;

Carole Hodges, Product Manager Video Services, WorldCom, USA;

Greg Meyer, Senior Program Manager, Intel Corporation, USA;

Graham Seabrook, Managing Director, Ridgeway Systems & Software, UK; and

Walter Sebastian, Vice President and General Manager, Sony Electronics Inc, USA.

The following individuals continue as IMTC Board members, with terms expiring in November 2002:

Jim Coffman, Director of Definity Solutions Department, Avaya Communications, USA;

Keith Lantz, Senior Manager, Engineering Enterprise Voice & Video Business Unit, Cisco Systems, Inc., USA;

Jean Leclercq, Development Manager, France Telecom, France;

Patrick Luthi, Principal Research Engineer, PictureTel Corporation, USA;

Vince Meriwether, Senior Programmer Collaborative Systems, IBM, USA;

Ben Schuurink, Program Manager Security, KPN Telecom, Netherlands; and

Dr. Istvan Sebestyen, Chief Engineer, Head of Department, Standardization Enterprise Systems, Siemens AG, Germany.

About the IMTC

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote, encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international standards. The IMTC hosts multimedia interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test T.120, H.320, H.323, H.324, SIP and Voice over IP products and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, Cisco Systems, France Telecom, Intel, IBM, KPN Telecom, Siemens AG, Nokia, Polycom, Ridgeway Systems, Sony, TANDBERG, Telverse and Worldcom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises more than 100 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is