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Board of Directors

VITAL's Board of Directors consists of an accomplished group of industry leaders with a good mix of investment, operational and strategic experience in the technology industry.

Arrow Paul Ferri, Venture Capitalist
  Paul Ferri, a venture capitalist for more than 30 years, was the founding partner of Matrix Partners in 1982. Prior to Matrix, he founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982) and was a general partner of WestVen Management (1970 to 1978).

The family of Matrix Partnerships has achieved industry record-setting returns over the last decade. In February 2001, Forbes magazine selected Ferri as one of the Top 20 Venture Investors of all time and the "Best VC in Boston." Also, among other honors, Ferri recently received the 2001 Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Award for "Venture Capitalist of the Year."

Paul serves or previously served as a director of Applix, Inc., ArrowPoint Communications, Inc., Ascend Communications, Inc., Atria Software, Inc. Banctec, Inc., Bytex Corp., Cascade Communications Corporation, Codex Corporation, Equipe Communications Corp., Paradyne Corporation, Redstone Communications, Inc., Sonus Networks, Inc., Stratus Computer, Inc., Sycamore Networks, Inc., VideoServer, Inc., Xyplex Inc. and numerous other private companies.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University.
Arrow John Koehler, President & CEO, VITAL Network Services

John Koehler is President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of VITAL Network Services' Board of Directors. Prior to joining VITAL in January 2002, John led Paradyne Network's DSL product development and worldwide service teams as Senior Vice President and General Manager - DSL Products and Worldwide Service. From 1993 until 1999, Koehler served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director for TechForce Corporation, a publicly-traded data networking service company. During his tenure at TechForce, John grew the company's customer base from two primary customers to over 1000, producing an increase in revenues from $9 million in 1993 to annual revenues of over $90 million in 1999.

During his 35 years in the networking industry, John Koehler has also served in various management and executive management positions with BT Syncordia, Paradyne Corporation, and IBM Corporation.

John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri and has attended the IBM Program for Executives at Colgate University, IBM Systems Research Institute in New York City, the Financial Management Program at The Wharton School, the Harvard/MIT Executive Negotiations Program, and the Crosby Quality College.

Arrow Carl Russo, President & CEO, Calix

With over 20 years experience in the communications industry, Carl Russo is President and CEO of Calix a privately-funded supplier of telecommunications infrastructure platforms designed to facilitate all aspects of voice, data, and video service delivery to business and residential subscribers for local exchange carriers of all sizes.

Prior to joining Calix, Russo was the Vice President of Optical Strategy and the Group Vice President of Optical Networking for Cisco Systems. Russo joined Cisco in 1999 via the acquisition of Cerent Corporation where he was President and Chief Executive Officer.

Russo has held multiple executive management positions throughout his career. Prior to Cerent, he was the Chief Operating Officer for Xircom responsible for the sales, marketing, development and manufacturing of the entire Xircom line of products. Russo was also the Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Hyperchannel Networking Group at Network Systems and the Vice President and General Manager for the Data Networking Products Division of AT&T Paradyne.

Carl Russo is an alumni of Swarthmore College and serves on its Board of Trustees.


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