Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

February 24, 2005 16:21 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Executive Changes: William Dunbar Appointed CEO Effective Immediately; Hatim Zaghloul Resigns Executive Responsibilities but Retains Chairman Role


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FOR: WI-LAN INC.

TSX SYMBOL: WIN

FEBRUARY 24, 2005 - 16:21 ET

Wi-LAN Announces Executive Changes: William Dunbar
Appointed CEO Effective Immediately; Hatim Zaghloul
Resigns Executive Responsibilities but Retains
Chairman Role

CALGARY, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 24, 2005) - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN),
a global provider of broadband wireless communications products and
technologies, today announced that Mr. William (Bill) Dunbar, C.M., has
been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dunbar,
Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Wi-LAN's Board replaces Dr.
Sayed-Amr (Sisso) El-Hamamsy as President and CEO. Dr. Hatim Zaghloul
will remain as Chairman of the Board, but will no longer have any
executive responsibilities at Wi-LAN.

"The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Sisso for his
dedicated service to Wi-LAN over the past four years," said Bill Hews,
Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of Wi-LAN's Board. "Sisso
led Wi-LAN through some very challenging times. During his tenure the
company has made major strides forward in supply chain operations and
product design, and, more recently, sales and marketing capability. The
Board felt it was appropriate to make a change as we move into the next
phase of Wi-LAN's development, with WiMAX and all the challenges that it
will bring. We are confident that Wi-LAN's talented and seasoned team,
under Bill Dunbar's guidance, will continue to advance the best
interests of Wi-LAN's customers, employees and shareholders."

"Wi-LAN has been a very exciting experience for the past thirteen years,
and I look forward to seeing the company prosper and grow under Bill
Dunbar's leadership," said Dr. Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman of the Board of
Wi-LAN. "Bill has been a Director on the Board for six years and has a
strong understanding of the business and the Company."

"I have great confidence in the employees of Wi-LAN, and I look forward
to leading them through this transition," said William Dunbar.

William Dunbar has forty years of experience in the Canadian and
International telecommunications industry. Mr. Dunbar has previously
held the office of President and CEO of Northwestel Inc. and WIC
Connexus Inc. Under his guidance, Northwestel purchased the
telecommunications operations for the eastern Northwest Territories from
Bell Canada in 1992. WIC ConneXus was the Local Multipoint Distribution
System (LMDS) license holder for 33 city markets in Canada including
Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton. Mr. Dunbar led this startup company
through its early stages arranging investors, vendor selection, vendor
financing, and supply agreement to enable the company to enter the
Competitive Local Exchange market in its licensed cities. This plan did
not proceed due to a change in control of the parent company. In
addition, Mr. Dunbar was the Chief Operating Officer of Vesper S.A., a
Bell Canada International investment and a major Brazilian
telecommunications company, during its critical startup phase,
implementing telecommunications systems in 29 cities over 16 states, and
growing the company from startup to over 2,000 employees.

In 1995 Mr. Dunbar became a member of the Order of Canada.

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications
products and technologies, offering businesses, including telecom
service providers, and government enterprises effective, economic and
secure wireless high-speed communications solutions. Wi-LAN specializes
in high-speed Internet access, data network extension, wireless
Voice-over-IP, and wireless data and telephony backhaul, utilizing its
high quality products and industry-leading technologies. Wi-LAN's
broadband wireless solutions feature an all-inclusive 2-year parts and
labor warranty and are supported by 24/7 customer service.

Wi-LAN believes its portfolio of patents, including its core W-OFDM
patents and 17 patents and patent applications acquired from Ensemble
Communications in May 2004, are necessary for the implementation of
devices using the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN Standard (1) and the ETSI BRAN
HiperMAN(1) standard (the WiMAX Forum(1) standards). As well, Wi-LAN's
W-OFDM patents are believed to be required for the implementation of
devices using the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation
Wi-Fi Alliance(1) standards), and the ETSI BRAN HiperLAN/2(1) standard.
Wi-LAN licenses its patented technology and has executed non-exclusive
W-OFDM license agreements with semiconductor and broadband wireless
equipment companies.

Wi-LAN is the chair company of the OFDM Forum and a charter member of
the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). Wi-LAN's common shares trade on
The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "WIN." Detailed information
on Wi-LAN can be found at www.wi-lan.com.

(1) All trademarks and brands mentioned in this release are the property
of their respective owners.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Wi-LAN Inc.
    Ken Wetherell
    Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
    (403) 207-6329
    Email: kwetherell@wi-lan.com