Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon Join VoiceXML Forum Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, SPEECHTEK WEST 2005, Feb. 22, 2005 — Today, at the SpeechTEK West 2005 Conference and Exposition, the VoiceXML Forum announced that it has expanded its Board of Directors. Representatives from Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon will join existing Board members AT&T, HP, IBM, Lucent, Motorola, Nuance, Oracle, Vocalocity, VoiceGenie Technologies and West Corporation in providing strategic direction and leadership to the organization. With the expanded leadership team in place, the VoiceXML Forum also announced its strategic agenda for the year.

“We are pleased to welcome these industry leaders to our Board of Directors,” said Bruce Pollock, chairman of the VoiceXML Forum. “Intel, Loquendo, ScanSoft, Tellme and Verizon have committed to VoiceXML, and their service on the Board will greatly benefit the entire VoiceXML community. The decision by companies of this caliber to participate at this level demonstrates the tremendous industry support behind the Forum and the importance of VoiceXML.”

With the new appointments, the VoiceXML Forum’s Board of Directors consists of:

  • AT&T: Mario Persico
  • HP: Scott McGlashan
  • IBM: Igor Jablokov
  • Intel: Tim Moynihan
  • Loquendo: Paolo Baggia
  • Lucent: Mark Disbrow
  • Motorola: Mark Randolph
  • Nuance: Doug Sharp
  • Oracle: Curtis Tuckey (Treasurer)
  • ScanSoft: Brian Eberman
  • Tellme: Brad Porter
  • Verizon: Kamil Hajji
  • Vocalocity: Ken Rehor (Vice Chairman)
  • VoiceGenie Technologies: Rob Marchand
  • West Corporation: Bruce Pollock (Chairman)

Expanded Leadership Team Sets Agenda for 2005

The VoiceXML Forum’s expanded leadership team also announced its agenda for the year. In 2005, the Forum will seek to promote and expand its developer and platform certification programs; continue to provide technical guidance to the Forum’s membership regarding VoiceXML, X+V and related technologies; advocate new technical initiatives; maintain a diverse membership community; maintain and enhance its cooperative relationships with the W3C and industry consortia; and support educational programs such as the 2005 Webinar Series (see today’s separate announcement “VoiceXML Forum Launches 2005 Webinar Series”) and the continued publication of the VoiceXML Review, (www.voicexmlreview.org) the online magazine dedicated to VoiceXML.

About the VoiceXML Forum

Founded in 1999, the VoiceXML Forum is an industry organization whose mission is to promote and to accelerate the worldwide adoption of VoiceXML-based applications.  To this end, the Forum serves as an educational and technical resource, a certification authority and a contributor and liaison to the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C) standards organization.  The VoiceXML Forum is organized as a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). Membership in the Forum is open to any interested company.  For more information, please visit the Website at www.voicexml.org.

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