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Aricent Group Appoints Frank Kern As Chief Executive Officer

About Frank Kern

Frank Kern has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Aricent Group, effective October 8, 2012 and will also join the Aricent Group Board of Directors.

Mr. Kern had a long career starting in sales and continuing in positions of increasing responsibility with the IBM Corporation. In his most recent role, he led Global Business Services, a $19 billion business unit with 110,000 employees that encompassed consulting, systems integration, and application capabilities, and supported clients around the world in all major industries. Prior to that position, he served as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution, leading IBM's worldwide sales organization, with responsibility for over $100 billion of corporate revenues as well as client satisfaction in 170 countries.  

Mr. Kern was located in Shanghai, China, and Tokyo, Japan, where he led the Asia Pacific region from 2003 through early 2008. Before his work in Asia, Mr. Kern was located in Paris, France, from 1998 through 2003, and managed the operations of IBM's Global Business Services unit for Europe, Middle East & Africa. From 1995 through 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of IBM Global Services in Australia.

Mr. Kern is a graduate of Bucknell University and received an MBA degree from Syracuse University.  

About the Aricent Group

The Aricent Group is a global innovation and technology services company that helps clients imagine, commercialize, and evolve products and services for the connected world. Bringing together the communications technology expertise of Aricent with the creative vision and user experience prowess of frog, the Aricent Group provides a unique portfolio of innovation capabilities that seamlessly combines consumer insights, strategy, design, software engineering, and systems integration. The client base includes communications service providers, equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, device makers, and many other Fortune 500 brands. The company's roster of clients includes Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Disney, GE, HP, Nokia Siemens Networks, and many others: companies that rely on the deep communications expertise of Aricent, as well as the capabilities of leading design and innovation firm frog, a strategic business unit of the Aricent Group. The company's investors are affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta Partners, and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

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