FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, July 27, 1999 -- The North American GSM Alliance LLC today announced that Bob Stapleton, President of VoiceStream Wireless has been elected as the group's new chairman.
"Bob's unanimous election by the Alliance's Management Committee speaks volumes about his reputation, expertise and leadership skills," said Don Warkentin, President and CEO of Aerial Communications, who has served as Chairman for the past two years. "We are pleased that Bob will chair the Alliance in the year ahead. The interests and vision of the Alliance's 17 member companies are well-served by Bob's election."
Stapleton served as President of Western Wireless Corp. from 1992 to 1999. He has also been President of VoiceStream Wireless since its formation in 1994. From 1989 to 1992, Stapleton held various executive positions with General Cellular Corporation, including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Operations. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Stapleton was employed by mobile communications subsidiaries of Pacific Telesis, Inc., which now are affiliated with AirTouch Communications.
"The GSM Alliance appreciates the outstanding leadership that Don Warkentin has provided," said Stapleton. "His dedication and commitment not only led to the creation of the Alliance, but to its success in promoting GSM and increasing competitive advantage for our member companies. This foundation will help accelerate the continued expansion of GSM in North America and abroad." He added that, "I look forward to working closely with Executive Director Bob Brown, who will also continue to serve as Secretary and Treasurer."
The GSM Alliance's annual elections also included appointments to the Management Committee's task forces. Stapleton will head the Domestic Roaming task force and Warkentin will be responsible for Public Relations & Branding. Other task force appointments include: International Roaming: Andri Tremblay, President and CEO of Microcell Telecommunications; Legislative/Regulatory & 3G: Allen Smith, President & CEO of Powertel, Inc.; Services: Bob Shaner, President of Pacific Bell Wireless; GSM North America (Standards and Interoperability): Jim Murrell, VP- New Business Development, Powertel, Inc.; Technical Operations: George Schmitt, President of Omnipoint Communications; and Benchmarking,: George Benson, Chairman Emeritus of Airadigm Communications.
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The North American GSM Alliance L.L.C. is a group of North America's leading digital wireless Personal Communication Services companies. Using Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications, Alliance companies provide superior voice clarity, unparalleled security and leading-edge wireless voice, data and fax features for customers, whether at home, away or abroad.
GSM Alliance members include: Aerial Communications, Inc., Airadigm Communications, Inc.; BellSouth Mobility DCS; Conestoga Wireless Company; Cook Inlet PCS; DIGIPH PCS; Iowa Wireless Services, LP; Microcell Telecommunications Inc.; NPI Wireless; Omnipoint Communications LLC; Pacific Bell Wireless; Powertel, Inc.; STPCS Joint Venture, LLC; TWS, Inc.; Western Total Communications; 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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