iDirect Technologies Hires Rock Arkie as Vice President of Operations to Respond to Significant Growth

iDirect Technologies Hires Rock Arkie as Vice President of Operations to Respond to Significant Growth
Former TANBERG Executive To Also Oversee Professional Services Business

11.17.2003

RESTON, Va. -- "iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite-based broadband access solutions, today announced the appointment of Rock Arkie, a veteran with more than 20 years in sales, operations and marketing of technology, as its vice president of operations, reporting to John Kealey, president and CEO.

In this new position, Arkie will be responsible for all operations as well as the company's professional services business.

"We have enjoyed significant growth, especially in the past two years, and we're glad to have Rock come on board to oversee the many operational challenges that come with a growing customer base and an expanded operation," said Kealey. iDirect Technologies was named this year to the Inc. 500 list of the country's fastest growing entrepreneurial firms, as well as to the list of the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing technology companies in America.

Arkie most recently served as vice president at TANBERG, a global videoconferencing equipment supplier, where he was in charge of the customer advocacy group, accountable for order intake, order processing, logistics, manufacturing of key applications products, education, technical services and information technologies. Additionally, he was president of the company's service provisioning business.

Previous to TANBERG, Arkie served as the executive vice president and general manager of Marconi Services - Americas. In this role, he managed all aspects of the $400 million organization, which consisted of 1,300 direct employees providing business consulting, technical consulting, system implementation, services marketing, field support services, technical education, and program management. As vice president of global services marketing, his responsibilities entailed services product management, marketing communications, marketing intelligence, vertical marketing programs, and marketing support services.

Arkie was vice president operations for the Service Provider Business Unit at Fore Systems, managing product marketing and creating service offerings and deployment methodologies for its service provider customer segment. At Fore, he also held the position of vice president of professional services organization. In that role, he spearheaded the creation of Professional Services and Certified Training Partner Programs, and created innovative education methodologies including media-based technical training."

About iDirect Technologies

iDirect Technologies, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems Inc., designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was awarded the 2005 World Teleport Association Teleport Technology of the year, the Innovation & Technology of the Year by The ISCe Advisory Board, and named number one in the Deloitte & Touche Virginia Technology Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Herndon, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and covering Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

Contact:

iDirect
Warren Brown
+1 703 648 8155
wbrown@idirect.net