FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HELSINKI, FINLAND, April 22, 1999 - Cook Inlet/VoiceStream PCS LLC President James J. Healy, was elected Deputy Chairman of the GSM Association at its 41st Plenary Meeting in Helsinki, Finland this week. The GSM Association is the principle body responsible for promoting and evolving the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) digital wireless standard worldwide. Healy becomes Deputy Chairman to incoming GSM Association Chairman, Michael Stocks of MTN South Africa on May1, 1999. As the Deputy Chairman, Healy is Chairman-Elect for the year 2000/2001 of the global organization, which includes members from all continents of the world, including Europe, Middle East & Africa, North America, South America and Asia/Asia Pacific.
Current GSM Chairman Richard Midgett of HongKong Telecom (who relinquishes the Chairman's seat at the end of April 1999) said: "On behalf of all members of the GSM Association, I congratulate Jim Healy on his election to Deputy Chairman. He has an exceptional track record of success in the competitive US wireless industry.
"His experience will be of immense value, both to the Association and to our incoming Chairman Michael Stocks. Together they make a formidable team to take the GSM Association into the new millennium."
GSM is the world's leading mobile communications standard. Currently, there are 347 members of the GSM Association, with operators providing GSM services to more than 160 million customers of the world or 65 percent of the world's total market for digital wireless communications. There are 328 GSM networks operating commercial services in 120 countries/areas at present (counting one network per license per license area).
Healy was elected the Chairman of GSM North America, the North American Interest Group of the GSM Association, in April 1998. In North America, there are 17 companies providing GSM service to more than 3 million customers in nearly 3,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.
Last week in the Federal Communications Commission's C-Block re-auction, GSM companies in the United States expanded their national footprint with the addition of more than 70 new Personal Communications Services (PCS) licenses. Healy's company, Cook Inlet/VoiceStream PCS LLC acquired 28 of the licenses, including the Chicago and Dallas markets.
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. He also serves on the Management Committee of the North American GSM Alliance LLC.
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