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Nortel CTO John Roese









                                                Graphic: Ottawa Share time with Nortel's CTO     12th December 2006

( OTTAWA, December 12, 2006 ) - Ottawa's re-launched Executives on Auction is proud to announce the auction of quality time with one of Ottawa's leading executives, Nortel CTO John Roese. Executives on Auction organiser John Ernst hails the kindness of John Roese as wonderful gesture for the charities and a welcome opportunity for networking in the business community.

After a three year break, Executives on Auction is returning to help raise awareness and funds for charities, inviting senior executives to be on auction for their favourite cause. This special one-week, online auction features only one executive, John Roese of Nortel, as a prelude to a return of the Executive Auction in the New Year with a full slate of executives and personalities.

John Roese's winning bidder will get to meet him in a hosted meeting at a donated venue for quality time, and the winning bid will be donated to the beneficiaries of the 2007 Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, and FM-CFS Canada which helps the more than one million Canadians fighting Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. All proceeds from the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat event go directly to four local charities. In 2007, the local charities will be: Junior Achievement of Eastern Ontario (JAEO), Special Olympics Ottawa District, Ottawa Senators Foundation and Roger's House, and Centretown Laundry Co-op.

Nortel CTO John Roese, commenting on helping good causes and on networking in Ottawa, said: "As a new resident to Ottawa, I am delighted to have the opportunity so early on to give something back to the community and to join the many other Nortel employees who already make a contribution. I'm also very much looking forward to becoming more engaged with the local business community. It is in all of our interests to work together to ensure that Ottawa remains the high-tech center of communications in Canada and a vibrant community that will continue to prosper for years to come."

John Brooman, Executive Director of the 14th Annual Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival, "This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone. We cannot thank Nortel CTO John Roese enough for supporting the Nortel Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation. It is this kind of community support that really pulls the Festival and the Foundation together. Executives On Auction is a truly unique and creative way for business leaders to support groups like us. Thank you from our entire team."

John J. Roese's bio:

John J. Roese is chief technology officer (CTO) for Nortel.

As CTO, Roese is responsible for leading the company's overall R&D strategy and execution and for directing future research across all product portfolios. He also works closely with the Chief Strategy Officer on emerging technologies, market opportunities and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining Nortel, Roese was vice president and CTO for networking technologies at semiconductor company Broadcom Corporation, where he was responsible for the long-term architecture and technical strategy for networking technologies. These technologies included optical, power over Ethernet (PoE), switching, routing, security, broadband processors, fabrics and software elements.

Before joining Broadcom, Roese served as CTO at Enterasys Networks, which specializes in network security for enterprises. At Enterasys, Roese oversaw the development of the company's technology architectures, including those for comprehensive Quality of Service, security, management and transport services. Additionally, he was responsible for the company's initiatives in the Internet2/NGI effort and headed the worldwide marketing and IT organizations. Previous to Enterasys, Roese was the CTO of Cabletron Systems, where he was one of the key architects of Cabletron's SecureFast Switching..

Roese is actively involved in the IEEE and IETF, as well as other standards bodies, co-authoring a number of IEEE standards and related documents. In 1998, Roese published "Switched LANs: Implementation, Operation, Maintenance" (McGraw Hill). He is the named inventor on 16 granted and pending patents in areas of policy-based networking, location-based networking, routing, switching and network management.

Roese holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of New Hampshire. He is based at Nortel's R&D headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.

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