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News | 08/21/2001 4:00 am EDT

Norsat International Inc has made sweeping changes to its senior management ranks. Walter Buller has been named CFO, joining the company from a global technology-based public company. He has more than 30 years experience in senior executive positions and management consulting roles. He was president at Gendis Business Services Inc, VP finance at Sony Canada and Camgard Supply and senior auditor of forensic accounting at KPMG in Europe. Michael Heaven becomes Norsat’s COO. He joined Norsat back in October 2000 from Honeywell Inc, where he had spent 15 years and was most recently VP and GM of operations for the company’s manufacturing facility in Vancouver. In this new role, he will be responsible for moving technology from the prototype stage to commercialization and will be charged with overseeing all product development and delivery operations across the entire company. Ian McEachern has taken over as CTO. He has had a close relationship with Norsat, as the company acquired two companies that he had worked for in the past. He has more than 15 years of experience in the satellite communications industry including nine years with Telesat Canada. Lindsay Ryerson becomes VP sales and network engineering. Previously, he was VP and GM at Aurora Distributing, a division of Norsat. He will be responsible for new business development and worldwide field operations including sales, network engineering, system integration and customer support. Frank Franczyk has been promoted to VP product marketing. He joined Norsat in Arpil 2000, following the acquisition of SpectraWorks. He has more than 15 years experience in the satellite communications industry and spent eight years at Telesat. Marieke Wijtkamp becomes director of corporate branding. She joined the company this July and brings solid experience in branding and communications, having served as VP marketing and communications at a global technology firm. Sharon Batchelor, director of human resources, has more than 20 years experience in the field, having served in similar positions with several firms. Prior to joining Norsat, she was manager of HR at Information Systems Management-BC, MPR Teltech and was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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