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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., -- November 8, 2001 -- The Wireless Application Protocol Forum(TM), the international industry association that develops and fosters the growth of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), today, announced that it has named former GSMA, North American Interest Group (GSM-NA) Chair, Robert L. (Bob) Brown as its new CEO.

As CEO, Brown will provide worldwide oversight and executive management of the WAP Forum. His primary duties will involve overseeing the growth and development of the WAP specifications and advocating WAP and the wireless industry. Brown will coordinate the efforts of the WAP Forum working groups and committees, made up of representatives from its hundreds of member companies. Brown will also be responsible for the day to day operations of the WAP Forum and its staff and will report to the WAP Forum Board of Directors.

Bobs vast background and accomplishments with the GSMA make him a perfect match with the goals and objectives of the WAP Forum," said Jerry Upton, Chairman of the WAP Forum Board of Directors. "His leadership and innovation will guide the Forum in the continued evolution of the protocol, in fostering collaboration with other standards organizations, and in driving the mobile Internet specifications across all relevant industries."

For the past four years, Brown was the Executive Director, Secretary/Treasurer of the North American GSM Alliance, LLC, a trade association focused on the strategic needs of the North American Operators who utilize the GSM wireless technology platform.
In that time, he also served as Regional Chairman of the GSM-NA, with the responsibility of leading the technical working groups from North America, interfacing with the U.S. and international standards bodies and representing North American interests with the international GSM Association.

Prior to his role at the GSM Association, Brown was President and CEO of a computer software development company specializing in corporate multimedia applications. He also served as Vice President and Director of Client Development of Telaction Corporation where he was responsible for introducing the first interactive electronic mall and information service in the United States.

"I am excited to be involved with the standard that is driving the wireless Internet and I am committed to seeing WAP grow at explosive rates for years to come," said Brown. "The entire industry benefits from WAP, and I am proud to have the opportunity to help foster its growth and success."

About the WAP Forum(TM)
The WAP Forum is the industry association that is responsible for developing and fostering the growth of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), the open global de facto standard that allows mobile users of wireless hand-held devices to securely access and interact with Internet-based content, applications and services. The WAP Forum is comprised of hundreds of members, representing 99 percent of the handsets sold worldwide and more than 450 million global subscribers. Members include worldwide device manufactures, carriers, infrastructure providers, software developers, and other wireless solution providers. For more information about the WAP Forum, including a listing of its members, visit http://www.wapforum.org.


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Press Contact:
Jennifer Goodman
Manager of Communications, WAP Forum
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