SOURCE: Verilink Corporation

September 28, 2005 07:00 ET

Verilink Appoints Abernathy Vice President of Operations

Verilink Veteran Brings Broad Operational Experience as Head of Manufacturing

CENTENNIAL, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 28, 2005 -- Verilink Corporation (NASDAQ: VRLK), a leading provider of broadband access solutions, today announced the promotion and appointment of Thomas E. Abernathy Jr. to Vice President of Operations.

Mr. Abernathy has over twenty-eight years of operations and manufacturing experience within the telecommunications and electronics industries, with increasing roles and management responsibilities. Mr. Abernathy joined Verilink in 1987 and was previously Director of Materials with responsibilities across operations, manufacturing, MRP/ERP systems, including purchasing, inventory control, and master scheduling. His experience includes supply chain strategy and implementation, as well as onshore and offshore manufacturing. Prior to Verilink, Mr. Abernathy was with Avco Electronics, a contract manufacturer of electronic products and assemblies for the telecommunications industry. Mr. Abernathy held production management and supervisory positions at Gray Telephone Supply from 1978 - 1984, and at GTE, where he began his career in 1977. Mr. Abernathy served in the U.S. Army in Mainz, Germany, in a battalion operations role and studied Business Administration at John C. Calhoun College in Decatur, Alabama.

"Tom has made many significant contributions in operational and management roles over the course of his nineteen years at Verilink, particularly related to the integration of acquired businesses and product lines into the Verilink operation," said Leigh S. Belden, President and CEO of Verilink. "Having played an instrumental role over the years in the establishment and evolution of Verilink's ISO-compliant manufacturing process, combined with his knowledge and experience in internal and outsourced manufacturing and quality systems, Tom is extremely well-qualified to lead our operations function. We look forward to Tom's leadership as we continue our product line cost improvements and improve efficiencies of our manufacturing and business operations, further positioning Verilink to serve a growing global base of customers with world-class products that enable a new generation of communications services."

About Verilink Corporation

Verilink Corporation (NASDAQ: VRLK) is a leading provider of next-generation broadband access solutions for today's and tomorrow's networks. The company develops, manufactures and markets a broad suite of products that enable carriers (ILECs, CLECs, IXCs, and IOCs) and enterprises to build converged access networks to cost-effectively deliver next-generation communications services to their end customers. The company's products include a complete line of VoIP, VoATM, VoDSL and TDM-based integrated access devices (IADs), optical access products, wire-speed routers, and bandwidth aggregation solutions including CSU/DSUs, multiplexers and DACS. The company also provides turnkey professional services to help carriers plan, manage and accelerate the deployment of new services. Verilink is headquartered in Centennial, CO (metro Denver area), with operations in Madison, AL, and Newark, CA, and sales offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. To learn more about Verilink, visit the company's website at

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

The matters set forth in this press release, including statements as to cost improvements, efficiencies and growth, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including, but not limited to, the ability of the Company to successfully execute its plans. A discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from such forward-looking statements are included in Verilink's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. Verilink disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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