SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

June 04, 2007 08:00 ET

Wachovia Chooses to Innovate With Cisco TelePresence

Initial Deployment Aims to Support Wachovia's Key Business Drivers, Including Business Growth, Higher Productivity, Employee Engagement and Competitive Advantage

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) - Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that Wachovia Corporation (NYSE: WB), the parent company of the nation's fourth-largest bank and third-largest brokerage firm, has completed its first deployment of Cisco TelePresence. The company launched the pilot to enable virtual face-to-face meetings across multiple locations as an innovative approach to address Wachovia's increasing geographic presence.

"We are using Cisco TelePresence to help our people be more productive with their time," said Jim Ditmore, Wachovia's chief technology officer. "We continue to grow geographically, and while there will always be the need for in-person meetings in our business, our employees now have a viable alternative to getting on a plane and being away from their families. We think this kind of flexibility further improves our differentiated customer service and overall competitiveness."

Wachovia is deploying Cisco TelePresence to enhance collaboration and productivity within critical business functions. The first deployment includes two fully operational Cisco TelePresence 3000 systems connecting Wachovia's Charlotte, NC, headquarters with the company's Richmond, VA, location, which also serves as headquarters for Wachovia Securities. Wachovia envisions multi-site meetings between additional domestic and international sites and within executive offices, following its successful pilot.

"We are proud of the fact that through implementing TelePresence technology and reducing travel needs, we can support our goal of expense reduction while also furthering our corporate commitment to environmental responsibility," said Jim Kittridge, Wachovia Senior IT Leader and Telepresence product manager. "This technology will substantially change the way Wachovia employees communicate and collaborate across large distances."

"Wachovia is very innovative in its approach to translating productivity gains into competitive advantage," said Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager, TelePresence Systems Business Unit, Cisco. "We are very excited to be working with Wachovia while they blend Cisco TelePresence into their business as a critical tool for better collaboration between employees, customers and partners."

The Cisco TelePresence system creates unique, "in-person" experiences between people, places and events in their work and personal lives. It delivers life-size images, ultra-high-definition video (1080p), spatial audio and a specially designed environment to create a "room within a room" meeting space.

About Wachovia Corporation

Wachovia Corporation (NYSE: WB) is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services companies, providing a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services. Wachovia has retail and commercial banking operations in 21 states with 3,400 retail banking offices from Connecticut to Florida and west to Texas and California. In addition, two core businesses operate under the Wachovia Securities brand name: retail brokerage with 768 offices in 48 states and service affiliate offices in Latin America, and corporate and investment banking serving clients in selected corporate and institutional sectors globally. Other nationwide businesses include mortgage lending in all 50 states and auto finance covering 46 states. Globally, Wachovia serves clients through more than 40 international offices. Online banking is available at wachovia.com; online brokerage products and services at wachoviasec.com; and investment products and services at evergreeninvestments.com. At March 31, 2007, Wachovia had assets of $706.4 billion and market capitalization of $105.3 billion

About Wachovia Securities

The nation's third largest brokerage group, Wachovia Securities provides financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services through approximately 10,700 registered representatives in more than 2,600 locations nationwide. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Wachovia Securities is a non-bank subsidiary of Wachovia Corporation.

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