Overture Networks Appoints John Gerdelman as Chairman of the Board

Seasoned Industry Veteran and Entrepreneur Brings Executive Leadership Background and Extensive Industry Insight to Carrier Ethernet Solutions Provider

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--()--Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today announced the appointment of John Gerdelman as a non-executive chairman of the board. With an extensive background in the networking industry and over 20 years of experience, Gerdelman’s experience in both executive and board member roles makes him the best-fit choice to help direct the company.

“John brings a wealth of experience in guiding high-growth companies in the networking space with a strong track record at both service provider and equipment companies,” said Jeff Reedy, CEO of Overture. “He is well-respected in the service provider and investor communities, and Overture will benefit from his experience and insight as we take the company to the next level.”

Gerdelman has vast experience in top-level positions. He served as CEO for Metromedia Fiber Networks, now AboveNet, from April 2002 to Dec. 2003, and also chaired Looking Glass Networks, which was acquired by Level 3 Communications. He co-founded and served as chairman of Intelliden, a software solutions company for carriers which was acquired by IBM. From 1986 until 1999, Gerdelman held various positions with MCI Communications Corp., including president of the Network and Information Technology Division, and has served as CEO of Long Lines Limited, a regional telecommunications company.

Currently, Gerdelman is also a director of Brocade Communications, Sycamore Networks, Long Lines Limited and US Inspect, and also serves on the board of visitors for the College of William and Mary, where he received his B.S. in Chemistry.

“Overture Networks is one of the emerging leaders in the industry with a solid reputation for developing high-value Carrier Ethernet equipment and helping their customers build winning services,” said Gerdelman. “As chairman, I look forward to taking a significant role in expanding Overture’s leadership as the source for innovative Carrier Ethernet solutions for service provider and carrier customers.”

About Overture Networks

Overture Networks is the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to more than 245 service providers and enterprise customers in 34 countries worldwide, including 10 of the top 15 US Carrier Ethernet service providers. Its innovative solutions have proven to be integral to a service provider’s ability to fully leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply service revenues and streamline operational costs. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with a technology center in Richardson, TX, Overture Networks is relentlessly focused on providing solutions at the ever-expanding edge of the network. With its patent-protected, award-winning family of products for both business services and cell site backhaul, Overture Networks uniquely combines the packet-switched and circuit-switched worlds into a single architecture—at cost points that make it extremely attractive to offer Carrier Ethernet services to any size location—over optical fiber or copper transport. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.

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Richard M. Williams, 919-435-9110, rmwilliams@connect2comm.com

Release Summary

Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today announced the appointment of John Gerdelman as a non-executive chairman of the board.

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Connect2 Communications
Richard M. Williams, 919-435-9110, rmwilliams@connect2comm.com