Cisco Executive Joins EXFO's Board of Directors

    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering
Inc. (NASDAQ:   EXFO, TSX: EXF) announced today the appointment of Pierre-Paul
Allard to its Board of Directors.
    Mr. Allard, who has more than 20 years of experience in the global
telecommunications and information technology (IT) industries, is currently
Area Vice-President, Sales for Cisco Systems Inc. He's held several executive
management positions during his 16-year career at Cisco, including amongst
others Vice-President, Worldwide Enterprise Marketing, where he was
responsible for developing, communicating and driving the marketing vision and
strategy for Cisco's worldwide enterprise market, representing 50% of the
company's $35-billion business.
    Mr. Allard also served as President and CEO of Cisco Systems Canada,
where he led the development of one of the Cisco's most successful
international operations. Prior to joining Cisco, Mr. Allard held various
positions at IBM Canada.
    The appointment of Mr. Allard maintains the number of people on EXFO's
Board of Directors at six, including five independent members. He replaces
Michael Unger who passed away earlier this year.
    "I'm delighted that Pierre-Paul has agreed to join our Board of
Directors," said Germain Lamonde, EXFO's Chairman of the Board, President and
CEO. "His vast experience and deep contacts in the Telecom and Enterprise
markets, in-depth knowledge of the converged IT/IP world, and proven business
acumen in complex market development initiatives are sure to bring a new
perspective to our Board and a strong contribution to the ongoing development
of EXFO."
    Mr. Allard graduated from the University of Ottawa with degrees in
business. He has served on the boards of several technology companies in the
US and Canada, and remains active today in philanthropy with l'Institut de
Cardiologie de Quebec. He also co-chaired the Canadian e-Business Initiative,
a private-public partnership designed to identify and measure the role
e-Business can play in raising productivity levels, creating jobs and
advancing the competitive position of Canadian firms in the global
    "I'm pleased to join EXFO's Board of Directors given the strong track
record of the company, good governance provided by Board, and the exciting
segment in which the company is operating," Mr. Allard said. "I believe I can
contribute to EXFO based on my lengthy experience in technology, sales, and
market development as well as my business background."
    "I would also like to highlight Mike's invaluable contribution over the
past eight years to EXFO's Board, Board committees and to EXFO's management
for his sound advice and indefatigable support. He'll be deeply missed,"
Mr. Lamonde added.

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and monitoring solutions for network
service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications
industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of innovative solutions
extending across the full technology lifecycle - from design to technology
deployment and onto service assurance - and covering all layers on a network
infrastructure to enable triple-play services and next-generation, converged
IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers solutions in
medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and
other life science sectors. For more information, visit

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