Jeff Webber and Bill Shiebler Join NexTalk Board of Directors, Shiebler Named Chairman

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New company focused on products and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, NexTalk, adds board members most large public companies would be fortunate to have. Prolific angel investor and venture fund manager, Jeff Webber, invests in and joins board of NexTalk, as does former Deutsche Bank CEO of the Americas, Bill Shiebler. Mr. Shiebler also has accepted appointment as Chairman of the Board.

NexTalk, Inc., the leader in deaf-accessible enterprise telecommunication solutions, today announced that Jeffrey T. Webber and William N. Shiebler have joined President and CEO Todd Wakefield on the company's board of directors, and that Mr. Shiebler will serve as non-executive Chairman of the Board.

With more than 25 years of experience as a successful early-stage investor and advisor to emerging technology companies, Mr. Webber is currently a managing director of the general partners operating The Entrepreneurs' Funds, a family of four private equity venture funds in San Mateo, California. An entrepreneur in his own right, he was founding partner of R .B. Webber & Company, Inc., which provided strategic consulting services to high technology companies. Mr. Webber began his professional career in 1977 as a member of the strategic planning team at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles. He is chairman of the board at Vizible Corporation and has served on six public company boards, including Aurum Software, Inc., AvantGo, Inc., Commerce One, Inc., Persistence Software Inc., Sagent Technology and Sybase Inc. He holds a BA from Yale University.

Mr. Shiebler joins NexTalk as non-executive Chairman of the Board after a career as a senior executive in the asset management and finance business. He is now active in a variety of business, community, and charitable organizations. Mr. Shiebler was advisory Vice Chairman of Deutsche Asset Management, the asset management and mutual funds arm of Deutsche Bank where he previously served as CEO of the Americas. He also was Managing Director of Putnam Investments, where he led the business through one of the company's most successful periods of growth. Prior to that, he was President and COO of Dean Witter in its Intercapital Division. He has served on the board of directors of OxiGene (NASDAQ: OXGN) and Attensity Corp. Mr. Shiebler served at the request of President George W. Bush on the Presidential Commission on Medicaid, and was a Trustee of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.

"As we embark on our new growth strategy, we could not ask for more talented and experienced leadership and governance on for its Board of Directors," said CEO Todd Wakefield. "I'm excited for the contributions I know they will make to NexTalk's pursuit of growth and leadership in bringing exciting new products and services that will enable organizations to be more inclusive of deaf and hard-of-hearing customers, partners and employees," Wakefield added.

About NexTalk

NexTalk, Inc. provides enterprise telecommunication solutions that enable government, commercial and non-profit entities to communicate and work seamlessly and effectively with individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. The company is privately held, with corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its patented technology, best-of-breed products and services, and a customer base of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of users worldwide, demonstrate that NexTalk is the clear leader in deaf-accessible telecommunications. Visit for more information.


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