SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

September 08, 2006 17:41 ET

Norsat Promotes Dr. Chan to President & CEO; Witten to VP Sales

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 8, 2006 -- Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII) (OTCBB: NSATF) announced today that it has promoted Dr. Amiee Chan, who has served as the Vice President of Operations, to the post of President and CEO. She succeeds Bill Coyne in her new capacity. Randy Witten, who has served as the Vice President of the Americas, has also been promoted to the position of Vice President of Sales, succeeding Bill Comerford. Both appointments take effect immediately.

"Both Dr. Amiee Chan and Randy Witten have spearheaded much of the Company's growth over the past two years. Dr. Amiee Chan has turned around the Microwave Business Unit and Randy Witten has been responsible for driving much of the Company's Satellite Systems sales. This move should serve to build shareholder value and streamline the Company's operations," said Ugo Angelo Doninelli, Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Amiee Chan was formerly the Vice President of Operations. In addition to reviving the microwave business unit, Dr. Chan has also been responsible for Norsat's engineering, production, supply chain management and customer service departments. Dr. Chan holds an MBA, PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BA Sc in Electrical Engineering. She is an innovator and leading authority in her field with a number of credited publications and patents.

Randy Witten has over 30 years of telecommunications and satellite communications experience. His experience spans tactical deployable systems, distance learning, wireless broadband, voice over IP and microwave systems. Randy has held progressively senior positions with AT&T, MCI, Loral Skynet, Newpoint Technologies and Telecommunications Systems Inc.

"I have been deeply involved with Norsat for much of my professional life, and like the people who work here, I have a great passion for this company. Over my many years here, Norsat has developed a long and proud tradition of technological excellence. To build shareholder value, we now need to translate our position of product leadership to become a comprehensive and trusted solutions provider in this burgeoning market," said Dr. Amiee Chan, incoming President and CEO.

The Board of Directors announced that Dan Dixon has resigned as a Director of the Company. Mr. Dixon joined the Board of Directors in May 2005.

Forward-Looking Statements

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The information should be read in conjunction with the Company's audited consolidated financial statements, related notes included therein and Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2005. All the Company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Canada (Canadian GAAP). Additional information from the year ended December 31, 2005, and other information related to the Company, may be found on the company's website at

About Norsat International Inc.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. For more than 25 years, Norsat has built a strong reputation in the field of satellite technology by providing its customers with innovative products. Norsat's latest innovations include the Norsat OmniLink™ and GLOBETrekker lines of portable satellite terminal products that provide rapidly deployable broadband satellite data and video connectivity in areas where traditional communications infrastructure is insufficient, damaged, or non-existent. Additional information is available at Additional investor information is available through email at or by phone, 1-604-292-9000 or toll-free in Canada and the U.S., 1-888-667-7281.

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