Wificom Technologies Appoints Mr. Franck Bernard

28th Jun 2004

Wificom Technologies today announced that Mr. Franck Bernard has started as the company?s new Sales and Marketing Director. Mr. Bernard brings several years of channel and direct sales experience in the telecom industry, specifically with OSS (Operations Support Systems) and BSS (Business Support Systems) sales, which is exactly the domain where Wificom was looking for sales talent. He will be responsible for further developing Wificom?s sales operations worldwide, taking the company to the next level of success. Mr. Bernard will lead a team responsible for executing the corporate sales strategy and implementing marketing activities.

Mr. Bernard was previously the European Sales Manager at Trendium, who provide service assurance solutions for telecoms. He was responsible for developing sales in Europe, developing a customer base virtually from zero and opening key accounts such as T-Mobile and France Telecom. Prior to Trendium, Mr. Bernard was responsible for sales and presales activities at Objective Systems Integrator (OSI) and was in charge of southern Europe and Benelux, managing key accounts such as KPN Belgium, Siris and France Telecom. Following OSI?s rapid growth and leading position in the OSS area, the company was acquired by Agilent Technologies. Before OSI, Mr. Bernard held various managerial and engineering positions at France Telecom in their IP service management division.

Mikko Riepula, CEO of Wificom Technologies, said: ?I am very proud to have Franck joining the Wificom team. We have already demonstrated a nice growth in our turnover but have suffered from lack of sales resources. We decided to start strengthening the sales force from the top, as this allows us to scale up our sales organization more easily if things develop in the direction we see they are now developing. Franck brings extensive experience in selling high-value software solutions to the telecom industry, and will help us leverage our growing success and accelerate our development.?

?I am excited to be joining Wificom at a time when the WLAN industry experiences unprecedented growth?, Franck Bernard himself commented and continues, ?Wificom already achieved many successes and has an outstanding team and product line. I look forward to applying my experience in global sales and product management to extend the global reach of Wificom?s SAB Server in the public WLAN area and IP service management in general.?


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