Former Nortel President, Optical Internet Solutions, rejoins his old firm

April 19, 2001

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OTTAWA -- Mitel Networks, a leading-edge provider of next-generation IP telephony solutions focused on voice and data convergence for broadband networks, today announced that Don Smith has joined the company as its chief executive officer. Smith joins the company after leaving his most recent position with Nortel Networks as president, Optical Internet Solutions.

"We’re thrilled to have Don head our management team,” said Terry Matthews, Mitel Networks chairman. "Don’s track record, strategic vision, and knowledge of communications and broadband solutions are invaluable to our success as we continue to establish a leadership position in this rapidly developing market for converged solutions targeted at real-world business needs."

Mitel Networks was created in February 2001 after Mitel Corporation sold its Communications Systems division to Matthews in a deal valued at $350 M CDN. Under the direction of Mitel Networks chief operating officer Paul Butcher, the company has been actively developing partnerships with key market leaders and market makers including Hewlett Packard, Ericsson, Symbol Technologies and Nuance as well as Matthews’ broadband IP applications start-up, March Networks. Butcher is continuing in his current role reporting to Smith.

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