SOURCE: Socket Communications, Inc.

October 10, 2006 09:00 ET

Socket Communications Strengthens Presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Appointments Add Proven Leadership in Key European Regions

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity products, today announced the appointment of three new regional sales managers in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). The expanded team supports Socket Communications' rapidly growing global presence, enabling the company to continue building relationships with customers and partners and develop new opportunities.

--  Phillippe Vazquez, based in Paris, is responsible for Spain, Portugal,
    France and Belgium. Phillippe joins Socket Communications with over ten
    years of experience in management and sales. He has served as a marketing
    executive for Every Com and as a product manager for Noblet. Phillipe holds
    degrees in computer programming and communications management.
--  Holger Sponholz, based in Dortmund, is responsible for Austria,
    Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands.
    Holger comes to Socket Communications from Targus Deutschland GmbH, where
    he served as corporate director and had previously functioned as an area
    sales manager. Prior to that, Holger managed sales and marketing for both
    TDK Systems Europe Ltd., and eNC Systems NRW / PSB GmbH in Germany.
--  Gennaro Giachetta, based in Milan, is responsible for Italy, Russia,
    Turkey, Greece, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, as well as the Arab
    Nations, Israel, Lebanon and Africa. Gennaro joins the Socket
    Communications team with over three decades of sales and managerial
    experience for a variety of technology and telecommunication firms. Most
    recently, Gennaro served as the EMEA regional vice president of USRobotics
    and 3COM and previously held executive positions at Servgate Technologies,
    Fiberlink Inc., Fujitsu Telecommunications and Stratus Computer.
The three regional managers join Anna Meens in rounding out the EMEA sales team:
--  Anna Meens, based in London, has been responsible for regional sales
    in the UK and Ireland for the past two years. Previous to this appointment,
    she held sales and product management positions at Portix Group Ltd.
"These appointments introduce seasoned and talented individuals to our management team," said Kevin Mills, president and CEO at Socket Communications. "As we continue to expand distribution and introduce even more exciting new products, their understanding of the marketing and technology behind Socket products will significantly strengthen our sales initiatives in these regions and will be instrumental in communicating the many benefits offered by Socket Communications to business professionals."

"Our commitment to EMEA and our confidence in the market opportunities that are present is underscored by these appointments," said Martin Croome, vice president of business development. "With the new regional sales managers, we will be even better positioned to bring the benefits of data collection and mobile productivity products to customers in the region."

About Socket Communications

Socket Communications (NASDAQ: SCKT) develops and distributes a broad range of data collection and network connectivity products for mobile devices such as PDAs, Smartphones and tablet PCs. Working collaboratively with mobile solutions from leading Strategic Vertical Integrators, world-class 3rd party software developers and OEMs, Socket Mobility Friendly® products are proven to drive operational efficiencies, increase mobile workforce productivity, boost corporate performance and improve customer satisfaction. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or

Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, Increasing Mobile Productivity, and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. © 2006 Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact Information

  • Socket Communications Contact:
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    Nadel Phelan
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    Investor Relations Contact:
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    European Editorial Contact:
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    Open2Europe for Socket Communications
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