Extended Systems Appoints New VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing

3/4/2003 - Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, announced the appointment of Charles Jepson as vice president of Extended Systems' worldwide sales and marketing. This move is expected to further strengthen the company's executive management team and help improve operational efficiencies by combining worldwide responsibility for sales and marketing functions under Jepson's direction.

Jepson has more than 20 years experience within the enterprise software sector, serving as CEO and president of several companies including Diligent Software Systems, Inference Corporation, Interlink Computer Sciences and Touch Communications. In addition, Jepson has held executive-level sales and marketing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Convergent Technologies, Inc.

Key successes include 100 percent revenue and profit growth within a three-year time span at Interlink, where Jepson led the company through two acquisitions and a successful IPO. During the 27 months Jepson spent at Inference Corporation, revenues increased 30 percent, the company attained profitability, and shares moved from $3.125 to $9.00. Jepson led Inference through a merger with eGain, where he remained to serve as vice president of North American field operations.

As vice president of Extended Systems' worldwide sales and marketing functions, Jepson will be responsible for developing and executing a long-term, strategic global sales and marketing strategy that will solidify Extended Systems' leadership position in the mobile information management software space.

"Chuck has the vision and experience to help take Extended Systems to worldwide leadership presence in the mobile applications market," said Extended Systems CEO and President Steve Simpson. "Extended Systems has built a strong business in mobile applications and several key elements are in place to accelerate our growth. Chuck's enterprise software experience with global accounts and strategic partners are important additions to our overall capability and will prove to be of great value as we move toward profitability. The time is right," continued Simpson, "to capitalize on Extended Systems' high visibility and leadership role in this market, and I am confident that Chuck's ability, knowledge and expertise will result in increased opportunities for Extended Systems."

Simpson said another key factor of Jepson's appointment is his familiarity with the Boise-based software company—Jepson has served on Extended Systems' Board of Directors since September 2001.

About Extended Systems Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations streamline their business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile software suite enables companies to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). In addition, the company offers Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software and client/server database management systems. Extended Systems has more than 2,500 enterprise customers worldwide, and key alliance relationships with Ericsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.

Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.extendedsystems.com.

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