Former Assistant Secretary Of Defense John P. Stenbit Joins Groove Networks Board of Directors

BEVERLY, Mass.--()--Nov. 18, 2004--

  Former Defense Dept. CIO who adopted 'power to the edge' mantra in transforming the DoD provides government and defense industry expertise  

Groove Networks Inc. today announced that John P. Stenbit, widely recognized for his 'power to the edge' mantra in transforming the Department of Defense to meet changing, asymmetrical threats throughout the world, has been appointed to the company's board of directors.

Stenbit retired earlier this year as assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration, in which capacity he served as the chief information officer of the Department of Defense. He is expected to contribute to Groove Networks' efforts to expand its public sector business, which currently represents about 40 percent of the company's revenue.

"The majority of our public sector business currently comes from selling Groove Virtual Office software and services into various branches of the federal government, including the Department of Defense," said Ray Ozzie, Groove Networks' CEO. "As our business opportunities within the government segment expand in scope, we can benefit from John's insights and perspectives as we identify new opportunities for applying our network-centric software to the network-centric needs of federal, state and local government agencies."

Government and non-governmental organizations alike deploy Groove Virtual Office for ultra-secure, inter-agency and inter-organizational collaboration, information sharing, project management, and decision-making, particularly in austere and highly variable communications environments.

"My 'power to the edge' mantra within the DoD was based on the belief that coming technological advances will eliminate the constraints of bandwidth, free us from the need to know a lot in order to share a lot, unfetter us from the requirement to be synchronous in time and space, and remove the last remaining technical barriers to information sharing and collaboration," Mr. Stenbit said. "I've been impressed for some time now with Groove Networks' unique, decentralized approach that embraces a 'power to the edge' philosophy, while recognizing the need to integrate with centralized information resources. I'm looking forward to working with Ray to ensure the DoD and other government organizations understand the role Groove can play in helping them become more agile and adaptive, while ensuring continuity of operations."

Mr. Stenbit, whose career spans more than 30 years of public and private service in the telecommunications and command and control fields, joined the DoD in 2001 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I).

Mr. Stenbit's public service includes four years at the Department of Defense from 1973 to 1977, serving two years as principal deputy director of telecommunications and command and control systems, and two years as staff specialist for Worldwide Command and Control Systems in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Stenbit previously was a TRW executive vice president, retiring in May 2001. He joined TRW in 1968, and was responsible for the planning and analysis of advanced satellite surveillance systems. Prior to TRW, he held a position with the Aerospace Corporation involving command and control systems for missiles and satellites, and satellite data compression and pattern recognition. During this time, he was a Fullbright Fellow and Aerospace Corporation Fellow at the Technische Hogeschool, Einhoven, Netherlands, concentrating on coding theory and data compression.

He has chaired the Science and Technology Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence, and served as a member of the Science Advisory Group to the directors of Naval Intelligence and the Defense Communications Agency. He also chaired the Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee for the Federal Aviation Administration's Administrator. He has served on the Defense Science Advisory Board, the Navy Studies Board, and the National Research Council Manufacturing Board.

Mr. Stenbit earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. Mr. Stenbit was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 1999, an honor conferred upon Mr. Ozzie in 2004.

Mr. Stenbit, who joins Jim Breyer of Accel Partners and Mr. Ozzie on Groove Networks' board, also sits on the boards of ViaSat Inc., Cogent, SM&A and SI International, Inc.

About Groove Networks

Founded in October 1997 and headquartered in Beverly, Mass., Groove Networks Inc. delivers the "virtual office" through software that allows teams of people to work together over a network as if they were in the same physical location. Groove software helps organizations, large and small, save money, time and eliminate travel by offering both a desktop application for instant joint work, and a set of customizable, open collaboration capabilities that enhance the utility and value of existing solutions. For more information about Groove Networks, visit

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