January 10, 1996
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HAMILTON, Bermuda -- The board of directors of FLAG Limited today
announced the election of Joseph C. Timpanaro as Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer.
Timpanaro, previously senior vice president of NYNEX NetworkSystems,
had served as chairman of the board of directors of FLAG since
April 1994. As chairman and CEO, he will be responsible for the
construction, management and marketing of FLAG, the world's longest
fiber optic submarine cable.
"In his role as chairman of the board, Mr. Timpanaro has
led us through many critical, first-ever arrangements, such as
the project's financing," said FLAG shareholder and board
member Abdul Latif Ghurab, assistant president of the Dallah Al
Baraka Group. "He is the ideal choice to take us forward."
When completed in September 1997, FLAG will be 17,000 miles long.
Construction began last year and ships began the installation
of the cable last week off the coast of Italy. Along its route,
which will connect the United Kingdom and Japan via the Mediterranean
Sea and Indian Ocean regions, FLAG will land in 12 countries,
linking three continents.
It will be the first intercontinental cable to land in China.
Other landing points include Spain, Italy, Thailand, Korea, India,
Malaysia, Egypt, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.
Timpanaro brings to his new position a solid background in building
companies, having been president and managing director of NYNEX
CableComms Ltd. from 1990 to 1992, when the company first began
acquiring and operating franchises to provide cable television
in the UK. Timpanaro developed the company into a successful operating
business unit, which has grown into the UK's second largest cable
In October, 1992, Timpanaro was named senior vice president -
Finance & Strategic Planning for NYNEX Network Systems, where
his responsibilities included the development of strategic and
business plans for NYNEX's international business activities and
managing NYNEX's interest in its international investments. As
chairman and chief executive officer of FLAG, Timpanaro also heads
the FLAG board, which in addition to NYNEX, includes Dallah Al-Baraka
Group of Saudi Arabia, Telecom Holding Co., Ltd. of Thailand,
Marubeni Corporation of Japan, Asian Infrastructure Fund of Hong
Kong, and General Electric Capital Corporation. FLAG Limited is
headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.
"FLAG is a truly global system," said Timpanaro. "More
than 50 international carriers have purchased circuits on the
cable. We are proud to say that not only will FLAG be the world's
longest cable, it will also be the most advanced in technology
and structure. It will serve as a role model for future cables."
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