TEL AVIV, Israel, April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvarion® Ltd. (Nasdaq:ALVR), a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, today announced the appointment of Assaf Katan as Acting Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective immediately.
Mr. Katan joined Alvarion in 2010 as part of the corporate development team and was subsequently appointed Corporate Vice President, Strategy & Business Development and a member of the company's senior management. In this role, Mr. Katan has been involved in the company's major strategic initiatives, including the acquisition of Wavion Ltd. in November 2011, which expanded Alvarion's technology portfolio to include carrier Wi-Fi, and the turnaround plan launched in mid-2012, which included a comprehensive review of Alvarion's sales and marketing efforts and a decision to focus the business on vertical and carrier-grade Wi-Fi markets.
"We are pleased that Assaf accepted the Board's request to lead Alvarion as we believe he is the right person for the job at this time. Assaf brings to the role extensive industry experience, and as part of the management team, he knows the company, its corporate culture and the challenges it faces very well," said Amnon Yacoby, Chairman of the Board. "Assaf has been intimately involved with formulating and executing the company's turnaround plan over the past year. We are confident that under his leadership, the company will continue with the execution of the turnaround plan, focusing attention and resources on the company's core target markets – vertical and Wi-Fi markets."
Mr. Yacoby added, "2012 was a challenging year for Alvarion. Nonetheless, we believe that we have made progress over the past several months and in spite of the existing challenges, expect to maintain this momentum."
"I am honored by the trust that the board of directors has placed in me. While I recognize the challenges that Alvarion is facing, I believe that the current turnaround plan we are executing has put Alvarion back on a growth trajectory and we are already seeing the first fruits of these efforts. We remain committed to the traditional vertical markets we have excelled in such as security, smart cities and WISPs, as well as expanding our presence in the carrier Wi-Fi market," said Mr. Katan. "I look forward to closely working with the board of directors and especially Alvarion's management team on successfully completing this turnaround."
Prior to joining Alvarion, Mr. Katan served as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development at Media Layers, a privately-held company engaged in the mobile advertising space. Before Media Layers, Mr. Katan held various corporate, marketing and business development positions at Comverse, where, among others, he initiated and led the company's entry into the mobile content domain. Mr. Katan was also a Team Leader at Shaldor Strategic Consulting, a leading management consulting firm in Israel. Mr. Katan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq:ALVR) provides optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of telecom operators, smart cities, security, and enterprise customers. Our innovative solutions are based on multiple technologies across licensed and unlicensed spectrums. (www.alvarion.com)
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