Vocollect Names Roger Byford CEO

    PITTSBURGH, Dec. 7 /CNW/ -- Vocollect, Inc., the world leader in
Voice-Directed Work, today announced that it has named co-founder, chairman
and chief operating officer Roger Byford as the company's new chief executive
officer. Byford assumes the role effective today, succeeding Jack LeVan, who
is leaving the company. Byford will remain chairman of Vocollect's board of
directors. The company said that it will not seek a replacement for the role
of chief operating officer.
    Byford's career spans more than 20 years in the industrial application of
voice technologies. Since the company's founding in 1987, he has held a
variety of roles, including chief technology officer, chief operating officer
and the first president of Vocollect Healthcare Systems. He also served as
Vocollect CEO from the company's founding in 1987 until 2001. Prior to
co-founding Vocollect, he was a member of the senior management team at
Westinghouse Voice Systems, which was known for its pioneering work in voice
technology operations. He also worked for Westinghouse's corporate Research
and Development Center.
    "I am excited and honored to assume the role as CEO of Vocollect. Our
best years as a company are ahead of us, as we aggressively seek out new
applications for voice across multiple industries and new, collaborative
opportunities with other device manufacturers," Byford said. "Vocollect is a
unique organization with a strong, award-winning product portfolio, a highly
bright and dynamic workforce and an unparalleled network of certified
resellers and supply chain experts that help us bring the best in voice
performance to end customers around the globe. We will continue to work hard
to maintain the trust of our customers and investors in the Vocollect brand
and to build the future of voice applications at work across the global
business arena."
    "On behalf of Vocollect's Board of Directors, I want to thank Jack for
his vision and unwavering dedication to the growth and expansion of Vocollect
over these past years. We wish him every continued success."
    Under LeVan's leadership, Vocollect grew from $10 million to $100 million
(USD) in annual sales. During his tenure, Vocollect expanded its use of
Vocollect Voice offerings to multiple mobile computer devices, established
offices in London and Japan, diversified operations to encompass voice
offerings for long-term care facilities and greatly expanded its global
network of certified resellers and supply chain experts.
    "Building on our existing successful enterprise infrastructure as the
world's leading supplier of hardware, software and third-party device
applications for Voice-Directed Work is a great opportunity. As a company, we
already invest more than any other voice supplier in research and development
for new capabilities. We will continue to focus on innovating industry-leading
applications as we evolve to the next stage of Vocollect's growth," Byford
    Byford resides in the Pittsburgh area. He holds one United Kingdom and
three U.S. patents, and earned his M.A. degree in electrical engineering from
Cambridge University.
    About Vocollect
    Since 1987, Vocollect, Inc. has delivered proven performance improvements
in productivity, accuracy, cost reduction and worker satisfaction for mobile
employees. Vocollect Voice literally talks people through their daily tasks,
replacing cumbersome lists and traditional data capture methods with
hands-free, personal voice dialogs. Through a premier global network of
certified resellers and supply chain performance experts, hundreds of
thousands of people on six continents use Vocollect Voice to improve work
every day. Vocollect is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A., and supports
its clients and resellers through offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
For more information, visit http://www.vocollect.com. Vocollect(R),
Voice-Directed Work(R) and Vocollect Voice(R) are registered trademarks of
Vocollect, Inc. All rights reserved.

For further information:

For further information: Susan Muttart of Vocollect, Inc., 
+1-412-349-2543, scmuttart@vocollect.com; or Media, Danielle Engholm of 
Padilla Speer Beardsley, +1-612-455-1764, dengholm@psbpr.com, for Vocollect, 
Inc. Web Site: http://www.vocollect.com

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