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May 22, 2006
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Whaleback Systems™ announced that Rubin Gruber has joined Whaleback’s Board of Directors. He is an experienced and successful entrepreneur and most recently served as the co-founder and chairman of Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS), a leading supplier of Voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure.
Mark Galvin, co-founder, president and CEO of Whaleback said, “Whaleback is capitalizing on the opportunity to bring managed broadband VoIP services to small-and-medium businesses, and Rubin Gruber’s tremendous success at Sonus and his history of founding and growing innovative companies provides Whaleback with insights that can help fuel our business growth. Rubin is a ‘serial entrepreneur’ and he has practical, real-world experience in building an innovative and highly successful VoIP company.”
Gruber recently retired from the Sonus Networks Board of Directors after serving as its Chairman Emeritus. Co-founded by Gruber in 1997, Sonus Networks is a leading provider of wireless and wireline VoIP and multimedia infrastructure solutions for carriers, PTTs, ISPs, cable companies, CLECs and next-generation service providers.
According to Gruber, “Whaleback has a great opportunity to bring broadband VoIP services to small and medium businesses. I’m pleased to join Whaleback’s Board of Directors to help guide the company’s growth. Whaleback has a strong Board and has a management team in place that can quickly capitalize on the opportunity to offer managed voice services that remove the complexity of business communications and simplify the delivery of VoIP over cable and DSL broadband connections.”
Gruber is a well-known and highly successful entrepreneur, having founded many other companies including VideoServer, Inc. (now ezenia!), a leading provider of multimedia communications servers. Before VideoServer, Gruber served as senior vice president at BBN Communications Corporation, where he introduced a new generation of packet-switching equipment in support of mission-critical applications. Gruber also founded Davox (now called Concerto), a leading supplier of call-center systems, and Cambridge Telecommunications (CTX), which was the first company to incorporate microprocessors in communications equipment and an early supplier of packet network access equipment. CTX was acquired by GTE and remains part of Sprint.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Brix Networks, Net Devices and the IMS Forum (formerly the International Packet Communications Consortium). Gruber holds a B.Sc. from McGill University and an MA in mathematics from Wayne State University.
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