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New CEO Announced For CLEAR Communications

Mr Richard Slogrove, President, Operations of BT Ignite, today announced the appointment of Peter Kaliaropoulos as Chief Executive of CLEAR Communications.

Mr Kaliaropoulos, who will assume responsibility for CLEAR during September, is a BT executive who is currently Senior VP Commercial Operations / COO for StarHub, Singapore's new operator for both fixed and mobile telecommunications services, internet and broadband solutions. CLEAR's owner, BT, is an 18 percent shareholder in StarHub.

"Peter takes the reins of CLEAR at a very exciting stage of its development," said Mr Slogrove. "Both the company and the market in which it operates are undergoing significant change. CLEAR itself is delivering on its eBusiness strategy, is investing significantly in its infrastructure, and is enjoying significant growth in customer numbers and revenues.

"Peter is charged with leading the company into sustained growth in a market that we believe may well offer fresh opportunities for competition. He brings with him a blend of sales, marketing, operational and general management experience. Along with his expertise in the fast-developing fields of broadband and Internet services, this background equips him ideally for his new role."

Mr Slogrove thanked current Chief Executive Tim Cullinane, who leaves the role at the end of August. "Tim has guided the company through a tremendous period of transition, including the integration of CLEAR into BT, a major restructure, and a strategic review that has fundamentally re-oriented the company. The company that Tim leaves is vastly different from the one he took over, and the results of his leadership are now becoming apparent," said Mr Slogrove.



ENDS


Peter Kaliaropoulos: Bio August 2000 Since July 1999, Peter Kaliaropoulos has been Senior VP Commercial Operations / COO for StarHub, Singapore's new operator for both fixed and mobile telecommunications services, internet and broadband solutions. CLEAR's owner, BT, is an 18 percent shareholder in StarHub.

StarHub has led the market in introducing innovative internet, mobile, international and broadband solutions. StarHub has aggressively grown its internet customer base from 50,000 customers in Dec 99 to over 260,000 in June 2000 and has won over 100,000 mobile customers and registered over 420,000 customers for its IDD 008 service since the company launch in April 2000.

Peter is responsible for StarHub's commercial initiatives and is accountable for achievement of financial targets, market share, brand awareness, customer satisfaction and employee motivation. The Commercial team is responsible for all product development, marketing, sales, customer service and business development initiatives for both fixed and mobile networks.

Previously Peter was Director of Sales for BT Worldwide Strategic Markets. His responsibilities included the development and execution of sales strategies, channel management programs and customer care initiatives, to address voice and data networking needs of multinational customers and international medium enterprises across Asia Pacific, India, Middle East and Africa. Peter managed a multi-cultural sales, service, engineering and marketing support organisation across 17 cities.

Whilst with BT (March 1996 to June 1999), Peter has also held various roles including General Manager, BT Syncordia Services, where his focus was to grow BT's professional services, facilities management and outsourcing business across Asia Pacific. Peter has been predominantly involved in senior sales and service management roles, including General Manager for Concert's business in Australasia and was a Board director for First State Computing Pty Limited, a leading Australian Systems Integration company.

Peter joined BT from Telstra, where he was General Manager, MNC Sales and Service for Asia Pacific. Other appointments with Telstra included, VP Sales and Marketing, North America based in the USA; a Board director Digitran Corp, USA and Board director Pacrim Financial Networks, Pty Limited. Peter was also involved in the establishment of Telstra UK and Telstra NZ.

Peter has been involved with the IT&T industry in Australia, USA, UK and Asia Pacific. Over the last 19 years, he has worked with a number of companies in a range of sales, service, marketing and business development roles and has served on the boards of a number of small IT&T companies and start-up operations.

He is 41 years old, married with one daughter and his academic qualifications include a MBA and Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degrees.


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