June 27, 2005 06:00 ET

WCC Expands Government Division With Addition of Industry Veterans

Iridium Satellite Phones Provide Reliable Satellite Communications and Backup Systems to Government Entities

CHANDLER, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 27, 2005 -- World Communication Center (WCC), a leading provider of global satellite voice and data communications, announced today the expansion of its Government Division with the addition of two industry veterans, John D. Kilian and Robert C. Den Hartog. Kilian and Den Hartog will supercharge WCC's government initiatives to provide reliable satellite communications disaster recovery initiatives, backup communication systems, military docking systems, and more to government entities worldwide.

Welcoming Kilian and Den Hartog, WCC CEO, Weldon Knape, says, "Our solutions deliver critical satellite voice and data services at all levels: subterranean, on-ground, within buildings and above-ground -- as well as 24x7 live customer support -- to users in areas that would normally be deemed inaccessible for communications. Our solutions are ideal for government entities and we are confident that Kilian and Den Hartog's in-depth experience in this sector will help us maximize business expansion."

Kilian brings over 26 years of government procurement and contacting management expertise. From 1999 to 2003, Kilian served as Area Manager for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Minnesota Project Innovation (MPI) where he collaborated with over 150 area local companies to secure business from federal, state and local governments. From 1994 to 1999 he was responsible for strategic development, standardization and management of government procurement processes for Northeast Computer Supply, Inc. He also worked for Motorola and Control Data Corporation. Kilian earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is an active member in the National Contract Management Association, National Association of State Procurement Officials and Association of Procurement Technical Assistant Centers.

Den Hartog's expertise includes sales, marketing and business development management. Den Hartog previously served as the Director of Sales and Marketing/Director of Business Development for the global R.C. Smith Company of Burnsville, Minnesota. He produced 20 to 35 percent of growth annually on government sales, reaching a record level for the company and expanded business into the United Kingdom, the Middle East and U.S. overseas military facilities. Den Hartog has also held sales and marketing positions in the medical arena including surgical and rehabilitation products, and founded the Savage, Minn. Chapter of Rotary International.

WCC earned a proven track record by working with numerous government agencies. The company was awarded a five-year U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract as an approved supplier of Iridium satellite phones services and accessories to all U.S. federal government agencies. Additionally, WCC helps supply the U.S. government in their efforts in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. A sampling of U.S. government agencies that WCC has worked with include: The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, The Marine Corps, NASA and the Environmental Protection Agency. WCC is also the sole provider of backup communications for the Oahu Civil Defense office in Honolulu, Hawaii.

During 2004, WCC donated satellite phones to aid in the Indian Ocean Tsunami relief efforts and continues to donate satellite phones to soldiers serving overseas.

About WCC

World Communication Center (WCC) is a leading provider of global satellite solutions, including Iridium telephones, pagers, data capabilities, satellite broadband and service. The company provides leased and for purchase satellite communications solutions for maritime, aviation, commercial trucking and other ground transportation. WCC serves government agencies, leisure travelers, and corporate entities including the State of Alaska, NASA, The Peace Corps and Boeing. Contact: or 800-211-2575.

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