New Senior Appointments in Option's Executive Management Team

    VP Global Sales & Distribution, VP Global Operations

    LEUVEN, Belgium, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Option N.V. (Euronext: OPTI;
OTC: OPNVY), the wireless technology company, today announced two senior
appointments and the creation of separate Sales and Operations Groups. Filip
Buerms joins as Vice President Global Sales & Distribution while David Whelan
becomes Vice President Global Operations. Both report to Option CEO Jan
Callewaert. Bart Goedseels, former Vice President of Operations & Sales, has
decided to leave the company.

    Filip Buerms is Vice President Global Sales & Distribution

    Filip Buerms will be responsible for volume sales of the core product
portfolio - wireless data cards, USB modems, routers and embedded modules -
and will develop new go-to-market strategies. Filip previously worked for
Xircom Inc.. First as Director of Sales & Technical Services EMEA and, as from
1998, as Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA and Managing Director Xircom
Europe. When Xircom was acquired by Intel in 2001 he became Intel's Director
of Marketing 'Platform Networking Group EMEA'. Later on he became Intel's
'Director of Distribution Europe' where he was responsible for a 1 billion
euro business. Most recently he was the Managing Director of BSI Management
Systems (part of the BSI Group) for the 'Management Systems' division across
60 countries where he held P&L responsibility for the service business that
assesses large corporations against international standards.

    David Whelan is Vice President Global Operations

    The Global Operations Group led by David Whelan will assume
responsibility for the entire Supply Chain from procurement manufacturing
through to customer fulfilment. David's career in the Telecommunications &
Media sector spans over 20 years.
    His extensive experience has been gained from launching and running new
operations in Europe, United States and the Middle East. He has a background
in managing customer centric business functions as well as the design and
execution of business change and transformation programs. He has held Director
positions with Sonera Zed in the UK and with Aerial Communications based in
the USA. Prior to this, David held senior management positions at Mercury
One2One (now T-Mobile) in the UK. He has also worked as a consultant with
Gemini Consulting. More recently, he has spent the last four years and a half
with Infosys Technologies. Before entering the telecommunications industry,
David worked in the computer industry, where he held management positions with
Epson UK and Wang Ireland.
    Jan Callewaert CEO, comments on the appointments: "Creating separate
sales and operations groups gives us the flexibility, focus and
speed-of-response to act in this increasingly competitive global market. Filip
and David build upon the foundation set up by Bart Goedseels. Bart leaves us
with our thanks and best wishes for the future with his new venture."

    About Option

    Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the
design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and WLAN
technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option has built up
an enviable reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the
performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option's
headquarters are in Belgium (Leuven). The company has Research & Development
in Belgium (Leuven), Germany (Dusseldorf and Adelsried), Sweden (Stockholm),
and an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland
(Cork). Option also has offices in Europe, US, Asia, Japan and Australia. For
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