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David Sims - TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist[February 17, 2005]

Toshiba�s John Carson to Address Internet Telephony Miami 2005

By David Sims, TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Digital Solutions Division has announced that John Carson, director, business development, will present a lunch keynote on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, titled "Application Structure for IP Success" at TMC's Internet Telephony Conference & Expo Miami 2005 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.

Carson will cover blending voice, data and video systems architecture to support new and secure business applications.

Carson brings more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry to his position. He is responsible for business development for TAIS DSD's VoIP, connectivity, and mobility communications products.

Prior to joining TAIS DSD, Carson was vice president, customer marketing, with Toshiba's Digital Products Division, manufacturers of Toshiba laptops and other hardware devices.

While at Toshiba DPD, Carson was also responsible for the marketing strategy, positioning, promotions, and customer programs for the company's mobile products in the United States, and overseeing the direction of global products for U.S.-based multi-national accounts.

Carson joined Toshiba in 1994.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif. TAIS is comprised of three divisions: Digital Products Division, Digital Solutions Division and the Storage Device Division. Together, the three divisions provide mobile products, telecommunications, imaging and storage products and services. Toshiba has global sales of over $52 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.

Just this week Toshiba announced its personal computer unit is likely to make more profits next business year but that any growth would come from its existing business, making clear it has no interest in buying other PC makers.

Toshiba’s PC unit is set to turn profitable in the current year to March 31 after coping with aggressive pricing by larger rivals Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co., helped by outsourcing to Taiwanese contract PC makers and focusing on high-margin models with advanced audiovisual functions.

“I can’t tell you exact figures as we’re now compiling the budget for next business year. But we at least need to post bigger profits,” Toshiba President Tadashi Okamura told Reuters in an interview.

Toshiba, the world’s third-largest notebook PC maker, last month raised the operating profit target for its PC unit to $57.44 million for the year to March from the previous estimate of break-even. The company launched a series of multimedia notebook PCs last year with sharper displays and easy access to TV and DVD functions, in a bid to regain its footing in a market it once dominated.

Toshiba produced the world’s first laptop computer in 1985 and held top spot in the notebook computer market for seven consecutive years to 2000.

David Sims is contributing editor and CRM Alert columnist for TMCnet.

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