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Former Sprint Executive Joins Aptela

July 11, 2006

Art MacDowell Enhances Team as Vice President of Alternate Channels
Aptela, the leading provider of Internet-based business communications services, announced Art MacDowell, former vice president of wholesale services for Sprint, has joined the firm as vice president of Alternate Channels. In this role, MacDowell assumes responsibility for Aptela’s channel sales including Wholesale, VAR and Master Agent programs and accelerating Aptela’s growth via expanded channel partnerships.
MacDowell joins a seasoned leadership team that includes former information technology and telecommunications executives from companies such as Proxicom and Cable & Wireless.
 “Aptela’s unique application has best-of-breed functionality and is easily adaptable to meet the needs of a wide range of diverse partners,” said MacDowell. “I look forward to working with Aptela’s partners to drive growth as we continue to roll out this cutting-edge communications solution and deliver extraordinary value to enterprises of all types and sizes.”
 “We’re very excited by the deep industry experience and strong leadership that Art brings to Aptela,” said Howard Freidman, Aptela’s chief executive officer. “As we pursue strategic sales and distribution relationships, Art’s knowledge will help expand our reach to new customers and markets, realize our channel support goals and significantly contribute to our industry leading offerings.
A pioneer of hosted communications, Aptela has become a leader in the exploding business VoIP market by delivering unique capabilities for today’s mobile, always-on world with no maintenance hassles, unmatched flexibility and superb ease of use. Aptela’s unique technology delivers a hosted service that integrates business-grade voice, collaboration, group management and CRM, replacing traditional phone systems, enhancing existing on-premise phone hardware and complementing mobile services.
"In light of Aptela’s rapid growth and incredible potential, we are thrilled to have attracted Art to the team," said Alan Peyser, Aptela’s chairman and former CEO of Cable and Wireless. "He has the perfect mix of relevant industry experience and entrepreneurial passion to help us as we build a world-class company that is already changing the rules for business communications."
MacDowell spent more than seventeen years at Sprint, most recently as vice president of the wholesale services group, a $1.6 billion division where he delivered growth that consistently outpaced the marketplace. While with Sprint’s wholesale services, MacDowell held a succession of senior management positions that focused on voice and data service growth for multinational accounts and on revenue growth in the eastern region of the United States. Prior to joining Sprint, MacDowell worked for Northern Telecom (now Nortel) and GTE.
MacDowell received his bachelor’s of business administration from Roanoke College in Virginia.



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