Symmetricom Appoints Three New Executives to Senior Management Team

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Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, today announced the appointment of three senior executives in the areas of business development, human resources and quality and process improvement. David Cox joins the company as vice president, corporate business development; Christine Mrena as vice president, quality and process improvement; and William Minor, Jr. as vice president of global human resources.

“By bringing the additional experience that David, Chris and Bill deliver to Symmetricom, we are solidifying our leading position in the precise time and frequency market as well as continuing to support the significant industry changes to next-generation-networks,” commented Bill Slater, chief financial officer at Symmetricom.

David Cox is a 12 year veteran of building and managing growing technology companies. Most recently, Cox served as CEO of Stochasto ASA, a mobile search/software company in Moscow, Russia. Previous to that, Cox co-founded a mobile Internet software company, BlueKite, raising over $50M in venture capital funding and growing to 140+ employees with offices in California, Britain, France and Denmark. He also was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of 2M Invest, a Copenhagen-based venture capital firm focused on emerging technology companies. Before 2M, he was with McKinsey & Company where he advised Fortune 100 companies on issues of corporate strategy and organization, serving clients in the US, Mexico and SE Asia. Mr. Cox previously served as a director for Enable Semiconductor (later acquired by Lucent) as well as on the Board of the Portable Computer and Communications Association. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford.

Bill Minor joins Symmetricom with over 15 years in vice president of human resources roles, with a strong knowledge of business and finance issues, both locally and globally. He joins Symmetricom from Cypress Semiconductor Corporation where he directed the global human resource practices in hiring, developing and retaining the best employees to operate within the company’s demanding culture. Prior to Cypress, Minor directed worldwide human resources strategies and programs for over 4,000 employees at Lam Research Corporation, Fremont, CA. Prior to joining Lam Research, Mr. Minor also held senior-level human resource positions at KLA Instruments and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University.

Chris Mrena brings over 20 years of customer experience leadership, operations and supply management experience to Symmetricom. Most recently, she was an operations and supply management consultant managing a variety of projects for start-up and Fortune 500 companies. From 1995-2003, Mrena served Sun Microsystems in a variety of roles, including director of corporate customer advocacy, director of worldwide operations, product and process assurance as well as director of supply management. Prior to Sun, Mrena established and managed materials for Avex Electronics, Network Peripherals and Goodall Electric. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Science from Duquesne University.

The new executives are located at Symmetricom headquarters, 2300 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, California, 95131, Tel +1 408 433 0910, Fax +1 408 428 7896.

About Symmetricom, Inc.

As a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, Symmetricom provides “Perfect Timing” to customers around the world, including communication service providers, network equipment manufacturers, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), aerospace contractors, enterprises, governments and research facilities. Since 1985, the company’s timing, frequency and synchronization solutions have helped define the world’s standards, delivering precision, reliability and efficiency to wireless and wireline networks, instrumentation and testing applications and network time management. Deployed in more than 90 countries, instrumentation products include atomic clocks, cesium and rubidium standards, VME, VXI, crystal oscillators, Bus Timing, PCI cards and Global Positioning System (GPS) solutions for instrumentation applications, alphanumeric displays, as well as network timeservers for Network Time Protocol (NTP) synchronization and time synchronization solutions. In 2002, Symmetricom acquired TrueTime and Datum, enhancing its position in the world time and frequency markets. Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit


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