November 11, 2008 10:00 ET

AVST Promotes Tom Minifie to Chief Technology Officer

Company Further Bolsters Executive Team by Adding Martin McKendry as Senior Vice President of Research & Development

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) today announced the promotion of Tom Minifie to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As AVST's CTO, Mr. Minifie's primary responsibility will be defining and driving the strategic direction of AVST's world class CallXpress® product line.

"AVST's executive team is comprised of experienced industry leaders committed to developing and delivering best-in-class communications solutions for enterprises worldwide," noted Hardy Myers, President & CEO of AVST. "Tom's extensive industry experience and vast product knowledge, as well as his unique ability to align with end users to define their next generation communications requirements, will prove valuable in his new position."

Additionally, AVST today announced that Martin McKendry has joined AVST's executive team as Senior Vice President of Research & Development (R&D). Martin brings a wealth of engineering experience and technical and strategic relationships to AVST, which will be leveraged to extend the core competitive advantages of AVST's products as well as accelerate the development of next generation Unified Communications capabilities. Martin's short term focus will be on managing the next release of CallXpress in 2009, as well as delivering expanded platform capabilities in the areas of mobility, presence and communications-enabled business processes.

Mr. McKendry has over two decades of experience in technology related organizations, most recently with Avaya, where in his position as Vice President, R&D, Unified Communications Division, he was responsible for the development functions associated with Avaya's Unified Communications product portfolio. Prior to Avaya, McKendry held senior Engineering positions at Siebel Systems, Inc. including Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance and Vice President, Applications. Early in his career, Mr. McKendry held senior Engineering positions at Resumix, Inc. and FileNet Corporation. Mr. McKendry has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.Sc. in Information Science from Victoria University of New Zealand.

About AVST

Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) is a leading developer of communications solutions for businesses of all sizes. Through its world-class unified communications platform, CallXpress®, AVST offers the industry's most powerful suite of second generation communications solutions including advanced call processing, voice messaging, unified messaging, fax, notification, and speech-enabled personal assistant (including automated attendant and hands-free mobile worker access).

The CallXpress unified communications platform is designed to facilitate the enterprise migration from legacy TDM call processing and voicemail solutions to IP-enabled unified communications by delivering the interoperability, scalability, feature depth and flexibility, and administrative capabilities that enterprise IT and Telecom teams are demanding.

Headquartered in Orange County, Calif., AVST maintains facilities in Seattle, Wash. and the United Kingdom and has remote sales offices across the United States. With more than 40,000 systems installed worldwide, AVST's unified communications solutions are sold and supported internationally by an extensive network of resellers and OEM partners. For more information contact Denny Michael, Vice President of Marketing, at 949-699-2300 or access the company's website at

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