Trapeze Networks Strengthens Its Executive Team By Hiring New Leadership In Engineering, Marketing And Technology

PLEASANTON, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2005 – Trapeze Networksâ„?, maker of award-winning wireless local area networking (WLAN) systems, today showed that it intends to step up efforts to remain a dominant player in the WLAN market by announcing the hiring of a new vice president of engineering, vice president of marketing and chief technical officer.

“We have an excellent talent pool at Trapeze and continue to grow as the demand for enterprise wireless systems increases worldwide,” said Jim Vogt, president and CEO of Trapeze. “Since I joined Trapeze last year, we’ve signed a major OEM agreement with 3Com, expanded our product line, and built an executive team that will take us to the next level.”

James Reeves, a 20-year network-industry veteran, joined Trapeze as vice president of engineering. Before Trapeze, Reeves was vice president of engineering at Nortel Networks, where he led the development of routing, Layer 2-7 switching, VPN, IPSec, SSL, firewalls, WLANs, content caching and IDS/IPS products. He began his career at AMD and then continued on to SynOptics Communications, which became Bay Networks and later Nortel Networks.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Trapeze,” said Reeves. “This company has phenomenal products and a formidable presence in the wireless LAN space. Of all the wireless vendors today, I believe that Trapeze has the most potential to succeed and meet the growing demands of enterprise customers.”

Another key addition to the company is Bruce Van Nice, who joined Trapeze as vice president of worldwide marketing. Van Nice has over 18 years of network industry experience in carrier and enterprise markets. He led global marketing efforts at SynOptics Communications, Bay Networks, Adaptive, Redback Networks and most recently Procket Networks.

“Bruce brings a highly creative marketing perspective to Trapeze and is a superb addition to the executive team,” said Vogt. “With in-depth experience in corporate and product marketing, Bruce will oversee the development of corporate messaging and communicate our technology vision to the media and customers.”

The new CTO at Trapeze is company co-founder Dan Simone, who has served as vice president of product management and vice president of worldwide marketing during the past year. With over two decades of experience in networking and communications, Simone has held leadership roles in engineering, product management, marketing and IT at Redback Networks, SynOptics Communications, Bay Networks and Motorola.

“Dan has been a key contributor from the start,” said Vogt. “He helped start Trapeze, developed the product line, raised multiple rounds of funding, and educated the media and customers about our core capabilities. His wonderfully innovative technology vision, business expertise, detailed product knowledge and history with Trapeze make him the ideal CTO.”

About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks delivers the power of business applications and services to the mobile enterprise workforce. The company’s wireless LAN Mobility System enhances productivity, introduces new efficiencies and accelerates business response time by delivering secure mobility for roaming users and sophisticated services for both users and IT, all while offering the lowest total cost of ownership of any WLAN infrastructure provider. Trapeze announced a partnership with 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) in August, 2004 and has been the recipient of eight industry awards, including InfoWorld’s Technology of the Year award for 2004, in recognition of its product and technology strength. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze raised $50 million in venture funding to date and is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A. For more information, please visit

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