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SANTIAGO, CHILE, April 27, 2000 - James J. Healy, President of Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS, was elected Chairman of the GSM Association at its 43rd Plenary Meeting in Santiago, Chile, this week. The Association represents the interests of GSM (Global System for Mobile communications), the world's leading and fastest-growing digital wireless system.
Healy is the fourth North American to chair the global organization, which includes members from all continents of the world, including Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. He succeeds Michael Stocks of MTN South Africa as chairman on May 1, 2000.
"Michael has done a tremendous job in representing the interests of GSM operators across the globe and I salute him for his achievements and outstanding leadership as Chairman," said Healy, who served as Deputy-Chair and Chairman-Elect of the GSM Association for the past year. "As a result of his direction, the Association is better prepared to handle the complex challenges facing its members in this fast-changing, highly-competitive, global digital wireless industry."
Outgoing GSM Chairman Michael Stocks said: "Jim Healy has been an exceptional Deputy Chairman during the last year, and on behalf of all members of the GSM Association, I would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Jim on his accession as Chairman. He has an exceptional track record of success in the competitive US wireless industry, and his expert knowledge and more than twenty years experience in the telecommunications industry will be of immense value to the Association in the coming year and beyond."
Healy is a member of the Management Committee of the North American GSM Alliance LLC and prior to being elected Deputy Chairman last April, he had served as the Chairman of GSM North America, the North American Interest Group of the GSM Association.
Prior to joining Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS, which he has managed since its formation in 1995, Healy served as Vice President - Engineering and Operations of McCaw Cellular Communications' Wireless Data Division.
A graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York, Healy earned his MBA degree at Syracuse University and began his career in sales and marketing positions at New York Telephone. In 1982, he joined Northern Telecom Inc. in Dallas, Texas as National Manager for Industry Marketing, and the next year became Director of Sales - Cellular Systems.
In 1984, he became Vice President- Sales and Marketing of Millidyne and was elevated to President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Millicom Incorporated (now Millicom International Cellular, NASDAQ: MICCF) in 1985. From 1987 to 1993, Healy served as President, CEO and Director of O'Neill Communications Inc. a pioneer in wireless LANs, before joining McCaw Cellular Communications in 1993.
Healy is a founding Director of the Wireless Information Networks Forum (WINForum), an early Director of the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), and a Fellow of the Radio Club of America.
About Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS:
Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS is a partnership of Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), VoiceStream Wireless Corp. and other communications investors. Operating under the brand name, VoiceStream® Wireless, Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS currently provides service in Seattle, WA, Phoenix, AZ, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Spokane, Washington. Cook Inlet Region Inc., the general partner, is one of 12 Alaska-based regional corporations established by Congress under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) of 1971. It is owned by approximately 6,900 Alaska Native shareholders. VoiceStream Wireless Corp., the limited partner, is a leading provider of wireless communications services in the United States. The Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS partnership has purchased PCS licenses to serve about 30 million C and F block POPs and recently acquired the rights to provide service in Chicago, Illinois, and Dallas, Texas.
About the North American GSM Alliance: GSM Global Network service is marketed throughout North America under a variety of carrier brand names. North American GSM Alliance member companies include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet VoiceStream PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, LP; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; SOL Communications; Telemetrix Technologies; TWS, Inc.; VoiceStream Wireless Corp.; and Wireless 2000 PCS. The GSM Alliance works in cooperation with North American GSM equipment manufacturers: Siemens, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Nokia and Ericsson.
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