SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

February 29, 2008 15:47 ET

TCS Appoints Three Industry Veterans to Lead Corporate Marketing, Sales and Government Affairs Initiatives

Additions Provide Increased Industry Experience to Help Capture Emerging Sales Opportunities, Fortify Regulatory Initiatives and Communicate Value to Customers

ANNAPOLIS, MD--(Marketwire - February 29, 2008) - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced the expansion of its management team with the appointments of three experienced leaders to drive sales, marketing and government affairs initiatives and programs. TCS appointed Sam Collura to Vice President of Sales to lead North America sales for wireless and public safety products, Kim Robert Scovill to Senior Director to lead the company's government affairs efforts, and Meredith Allen to Senior Director of Corporate Communications.

Sam Collura brings more than 30 years of executive and senior management experience in technology market development, sales, channels, operations, and profit and loss management to TCS. Prior to joining TCS, Collura was Vice President, New Business Sales at Agentis Software where he was responsible for the company's expansion of new business revenues and global partnerships. Before Agentis Software, Collura served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Cypress Communications, a leading provider of VoIP hosted communication services; and Executive Vice President for the Voice Division of Convergent Communication Services.

Kim Robert Scovill has over 30 years of experience providing organizations with legal, regulatory affairs and general counsel support. Prior to joining TCS, Scovill served as Vice President at ProCom Services where he was responsible for the development, delivery, installation, and service for state-of-the-art video, data, and telephony services under contract to major broadband network suppliers. Before ProCom Services, Scovill was a Senior Director at Comcast. In this role, he provided essential contributions to the development and launch of the most successful product in the company's history - VoIP / cable telephony. He also supported strategic regulatory relations across all product lines.

Meredith Allen brings two decades of marketing communications experience to TCS. In this role Allen is responsible for marketing and communications activities globally. Prior to joining TCS, Allen founded Calera Marketing Associates, a marketing communications consultancy that provided clients with innovative expansion strategies, brand building, and high-impact communications programs. Before founding her own firm, Allen was Director of Corporate Communications for Renaissance Worldwide (acquired by Aquent) where she was responsible for internal and external communications. In this management role, she played an integral part in helping the company grow from a $60 million privately-held firm into an $800 million, publicly-traded international leader.

"Following another successful year for the company, these appointments underscore our commitment to attracting the best and the brightest in the industry," said Timothy Lorello, Chief Marketing Officer of TCS. "These additions help round out what is already an exceptional management team to capture emerging VoIP and cable telephony opportunities, to fortify our regulatory initiatives, and better communicate our market position. Sam, Kim and Meredith bring a complementary mix of sales, marketing and legislative expertise that will enable us to execute on our aggressive company initiatives, and more importantly, further meet the needs of our carrier, cable and government customers."

About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) produces wireless data communications technology solutions that require proven high levels of reliability. TCS provides wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 network-based services, secure deployable communication systems, engineered satellite-based services, and commercial location applications, like traffic and navigation, using the precise location of a wireless device. Customers include leading wireless, cable MSOs, and VoIP carriers around the world, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security. For more information, visit

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements as defined within Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that if incorrect would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Forward-looking statements within this release include without limitation the prospect of our capturing emerging VoIP and cable telephony opportunities and the plans to execute on our aggressive company initiatives. Other risks include those detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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