Optelecom-NKF Names Dave Patterson President

Optelecom-NKF, a provider of advanced IP video network solutions, announced the appointment of Dave Patterson as President effective March 9, 2009.

Prior to joining the company, Patterson served as President and CEO of Siemens subsidiary, Siemens Government Services (SGS), a provider of IT-enabled solutions that improve end-user operations and infrastructure and secure vital assets. As head of SGS, Mr. Patterson was responsible for the strategic direction, operating performance, and marketplace success of the enterprise. He joined SGS in July 2006 from another Siemens company and also served as a member of the company's board of directors.

"Throughout his career Dave has demonstrated the ability to lead and to develop business opportunities showcasing innovative products and services based on advanced technologies and vendor solutions,” said Edmund Ludwig, Optelecom-NKF's Chairman and CEO. “Dave's appointment comes at a critical time as we develop strategies and initiatives for long-term growth and opportunity against the backdrop of a difficult economy. His appointment as my successor marks a new era at Optelecom-NKF. I look forward to working with him and our team to achieve a smooth management transition.”

Ludwig plans to retire as an active employee of Optelecom-NKF at year's end.

"I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the future success of Optelecom-NKF, building upon the strong foundation established by Ed Ludwig and Tom Overwijn and all employees,” Patterson said. “Optelecom-NKF is well-positioned to serve the needs of customers in the effective use of advanced video surveillance solutions. This field of technology is vital to governments and industries around the world. I am committed to continuing our focus on the products and services required to support the missions and objectives of current and future customers.”

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