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Vistula Communications Services Inc. appoints Chris Burke, former CTO of Vodafone UK as its’ President and Chief Executive Officer

by Staff Writer | posted on 06 September 2004

Boston, MA September 6, 2004. Vistula Communications Services Inc., an international provider of wholesale voice and Voice over Internet Protocol ("VoIP") telephony services has announced that the company has appointed Mr. Christopher Burke as President and Chief Executive Officer. Until recently, Mr. Burke was the Chief Technical Officer of Vodafone UK Ltd, the UK mobile and wireless telecommunications company.

In making the announcement, Mr. Rupert Galliers-Pratt, Chairman of Vistula stated, "We are very pleased that an executive of Chris Burke’s experience and ability has agreed to join Vistula Communications Services Inc as Chief Executive Officer. He brings a level of management expertise, industry knowledge and Capital Markets visibility that will contribute significant value to VCSI’s customers as the company rolls out the VoIP platform in Europe and the US; and also to the company’s shareholders as VCSI completes the process which will result in the company becoming a publicly traded corporation in the United State in the near future. Chris Burke’s acceptance of this position represents an endorsement of VCSI’s business model and of the company’s prospects as a listed entity in North America."

Mr. Burke, who is a Canadian Citizen, was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone UK Ltd in September 2001. Chris’ original mandate in Vodafone was to drive the efforts of Information Technology, Telecoms Technology and Product Development groups. Concurrently being responsible for major programs across Northern Europe and sitting on the Vodafone Global Technology Council and the Vodafone Global Supply Chain Council. Following the successful UK launch of Vodafone Live!, and Vodafone Mobile Office Chris was charged with converging the Development and Operations organisations. As a result Chris was responsible for all technology across its entire lifecycle in the UK and growing serious of Regional and Global initiatives. Vodafone is the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company.

In accepting the appointment he stated, "I am delighted to accept the position of President and CEO of Vistula. These are very exciting times as our industry confronts, in VoIP, a truly disruptive business model. As a result our industry is going to continue to change very rapidly for the ultimate betterment of our customers. As Vistula brings their software based VoIP solution to the corporate multinational and small and medium enterprise business client base around the world, we are convinced that this product, due to its’ world class functionality, feature richness and adaptability combined with its ability to convert a traditional multi-site legacy PBX into VoIP enabled telephone system at a fraction of the cost of those systems offered by the major equipment manufacturers makes Vistula an exciting company to be a part of at this juncture in our industry’s development."

Prior to joining Vodafone, Chris served as Chief Technical Officer/Chief Information officer of Energis PLC where he was responsible for all technical, product and service related technical activities (tactics, strategy, execution). Energis was one of the original SDH/ATM transport networks which pioneered the "free" internet model through the construction of Freeserve. Chris Burke also served as Chairman of Metro-Holdings Ltd., which was a joint venture metropolitan fiber systems company between Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom and Energis.

From 1982 to 1997 he served in varying capacities with Northern Telecom ("Nortel") including Account Vice-President; UK Competitive Operators for Northern Telecom (Nortel). Under his stewardship this division recorded the highest customer’s satisfaction index and the highest employee satisfaction index for Nortel throughout Europe. Earlier in his career at Nortel he was a Director; advanced services development and operations for BNR/Northern Telecom Tech in the UK. He designed, delivered and supported Nortel intelligent networking products for Europe and Asia with extensive experience of SSP, SCP, SMS, STP and N7. He has managed an assortment of field operations teams in Turkey, China, Japan, Morocco, Germany, France, UK and the Caribbean.

Mr. Burke graduated with Honours as a Bachelor in Computer Science from Acadia University in Wolfville Canada and was sited on the Deans List. Between 1991 and 1994, he served as a Guest Lecturer M.Eng, at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.


 Vistula Communications Services, Inc and its subsidiaries is a wholesale supplier of telecommunications services to Tier 1 and Tier 2 telecommunications carriers and transit network operators. The Company has switching facilities in London and Los Angeles and interconnect agreements with suppliers and customers throughout the world. In the 4th quarter of this year the Company expects to commence marketing and distributing our V-CubeTM VoIP software platforms to Tier 1 carriers, transit network operators, ISPs, large corporations and SMEs. The V-CubeTM is a multiple feature platform, which will enable customers to convert their existing PBX phone systems to provide VoIP capability without significant investment in new hardware.

On May 12, 2004, the Company filed Form 10SB12G with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company plans to seek a listing on the US equities markets in the 4th quarter of 2004.

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