MetaSwitch Names CEO, Adds to Board

John Lazar, formerly President and COO of the company’s Carrier Division, has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer

April 7, 2009

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LAS VEGAS -- MetaSwitch, the leader in reliable, high quality communications software and systems, today announced that John Lazar, formerly President and COO of the company’s Carrier Division, has been promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer, taking over executive responsibility for the entire company from founder Ian Ferguson, who continues as Chairman.

In his new role, Lazar will oversee the company’s Network Protocols and Carrier Divisions, while Phil McConnell and Graeme MacArthur, respectively, continue as General Managers of the two divisions. Over the coming months, the company plans to consolidate all its products and business operations, including the Network Protocols Division, under the MetaSwitch brand. Until that transition is complete, the network protocols business will continue to operate as Data Connection (DCL).

Commenting on the appointment, Lazar said: “It is an honor to lead the organization to which I have dedicated the last 22 years of my career. The opportunities ahead of us are truly exciting, and I am indebted to Ian Ferguson for building the culture, management team and strategy that have put us in such a strong position today.”

In a separate release:

MetaSwitch, the leader in reliable, high-quality carrier IP communications solutions, today announced the appointment of Kevin A. DeNuccio to its Board of Directors. Mr. DeNuccio brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in service provider operations and support to the company.

Currently, Mr. DeNuccio is Vice Chairman of Redback Networks, an Ericsson Company, and he also serves as a director on the board of JDS Uniphase Corp. Formerly, he was President and CEO of Redback for eight years, and oversaw that company’s successful transformation and ultimate acquisition by Ericsson.

“We are honored to have Kevin as part of our team. His knowledge and extensive experience in managing global service provider operations and corporate strategy will be invaluable as we look to continue MetaSwitch’s position as a leader in carrier IP solutions,” said Ian Ferguson, Chairman of the Board for MetaSwitch. “Kevin is a dynamic, results-driven, hands-on executive with a proven track record of managing successful domestic and international service provider solutions companies. We will look to Kevin for advice and guidance as we scale our operations to serve our global customer base.”

Metaswitch Networks

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