Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation

January 07, 2005 13:29 ET

Zi Corporation Names Richard D. Tingle to Board of Directors


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: ZI CORPORATION

TSX SYMBOL: ZIC
NASDAQ SYMBOL: ZICA

JANUARY 7, 2005 - 13:29 ET

Zi Corporation Names Richard D. Tingle to Board of
Directors

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 7, 2005) - Zi Corporation
(TSX:ZIC)(Nasdaq:ZICA), a leading provider of intelligent interface
solutions, announced today that corporate attorney Richard D. Tingle,
Q.C. has been named to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Tingle replaces Rod Love, who has been a member of the Board since 2001,
and who has resigned due to new assumed responsibilities with the
Alberta Government. The size of the Board remains unchanged at eight
Directors.

Tingle, is the senior partner of Calgary-based Tingle Merrett, LLP. A
resident of Calgary, he has been a long-time advisor to companies on
transactional and general corporate matters, and he is a member of the
boards of directors of several public companies.

"Richard brings highly-regarded business and legal experience to our
board, particularly in the area of corporate law," said Zi Chairman,
Michael Lobsinger. "He has many years of expertise in corporate
governance, which is a primary focus of our board, as well as direct
experience gained from being a member of the boards of several public
companies. His considerable experience in corporate and legal matters
will be very valuable to us as we work toward reaching our goals of
increased growth and sustained profitability."

Tingle is a medalist graduate of the law faculty at the University of
Alberta, where he served on the editorial board of the Alberta Law
Review and was the recipient of several scholarships, and he did
graduate work at the London School of Economics. He has served on the
executive boards of a number of community organizations, taught several
sessions in the bar admission course and lectured in the Business
Associations course at the University of Calgary law school for several
years. In 1981, Richard was granted the designation of "Queen's Counsel".

About Zi Corporation

Zi Corporation is a technology company that delivers intelligent
interface solutions to enhance the user experience of wireless and
consumer technologies. Zi supports its strategic partners and customers
from offices in Asia, Europe and North America. A publicly traded
company, Zi Corporation is listed on the Nasdaq National Market (ZICA)
and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ZIC).

Zi Corporation's world is the evolving world of human connection. A
world of electronic communication devices - mobile phones, personal
digital assistants, hand-held computers and television set-top boxes
designed for modern communications like short messaging, e-mail,
e-commerce and Web browsing. Zi provides customers with a full range of
intuitive and easy to use software applications, including eZiText and
eZiTap™, designed to simplify the way we enter data on communications
devices, in 41 different language databases for use around the world. In
other words, Zi offers usability in the palm of your hand.

This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which
are subject to the safe harbour provisions of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking
statements include, among other things, statements regarding future
events and the future financial performance of Zi Corporation that
involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these
forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ
materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of
factors, including: the growth trends in the input technology industry;
new product development; global economic conditions and uncertainties in
the geopolitical environment; financial and operating performance of
Zi's OEM customers and variations in their customer demand for products
and services; the ability to successfully acquire businesses and
technologies and to successfully integrate and operate these acquired
businesses and technologies; dependence on the introduction and market
acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological
and market change; matters affecting Zi Corporation's principal
shareholder; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, and
other matters; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; Zi
Corporation's ability to manage financial risk; currency fluctuations
and other international factors; potential volatility in operating
results and other factors listed in Zi Corporation's filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission. Any projections in this release are
based on limited information currently available to Zi Corporation,
which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the
factors influencing them will likely change, except to the extent
required by law, Zi Corporation will not necessarily update the
information. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Zi, eZiTap and eZiText are either trademarks or registered trademarks of
Zi Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective owners.

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Contact Information

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