Pac-West Telecomm, Inc.

Pac-West Telecomm, Inc.

January 09, 2008 10:00 ET

Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. Names Robert H. Turner Chief Executive Officer

Telecommunications Industry Veteran Drives Pac-West's Expansion

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2008) - Pac-West Telecomm, Inc. ("Pac-West"), a wholesale provider of advanced telecommunications services, announced Robert "Hal" Turner has joined the company's leadership as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the company's Board of Directors. Pac-West Telecomm is a private company, wholly owned by Columbia Ventures Corporation (CVC).

Turner brings extensive telecommunications-industry experience to the company and as CEO, will lead the company's strategic initiatives. Turner is also responsible for providing leadership to the company's management team to ensure effectiveness in setting and implementing corporate direction, product strategy and meeting fiscal goals as the company continues deploying advanced communications platforms that empower enhanced service providers, cable operators and carriers to efficiently design, deploy, and deliver integrated communication solutions.

"Hal is a seasoned veteran in global telecomm with a proven track record in growing successful companies," says Jim Hensel, Senior Vice President, Columbia Ventures. "We are poised for growth as more and more resellers and service providers discover the benefits of converged telecommunications services. Hal's more than two decades of expertise and leadership will be invaluable to our team. We believe in Pac-West's products and services and in the opportunity that its business represents. Columbia Ventures supports Pac-West's new business plan and continuing commitment to their valuable customers."

"I am delighted to come aboard at such a pivotal time in the company's evolution", says Hal Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Pac-West. "The company's challenges are laced with tremendous opportunity and I look forward to not only growing the business, but also hiring the industry's finest leaders to help in the mission ahead."

A telecommunications industry veteran with almost three decades experience, Turner founded and oversees Turner Telecom Holdings Group, LLC, an executive management and board services consultancy, where he utilizes his international management experience to accelerate the growth of his clients, which have included global technology and telecom companies, startups, turnarounds, high-growth ventures and multinational corporations.

Concurrent with his position at Pac-West, Turner serves as Chairman of the Board at PanTerra Networks. Prior to his appointment at Pac-West, Turner was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Catcher Holdings, Inc. Turner has also served as Executive Chairman of LastMile Communications, Chairman and Group Chief Executive, of Davnet Limited, and has held executive positions with EON Corp, TeleZone Inc., PTT Telecom Netherlands, US, Inc., and BellSouth Communications, Inc., where he was President and Chief Operating Officer. Turner began his career at AT&T Corporation, where he held senior roles in sales and marketing.

Turner earned a BS and an MBA from University of South Carolina.

About Pac-West Telecomm

Pac-West provides advanced telecommunications and data services, enabling traditional and next-generation providers to efficiently design, deploy, and deliver integrated communication solutions. Pac-West Telecomm is entering its twenty-eighth year of operation. For more information about Pac-West, visit http://www.pacwest.com.

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