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SIP Forum Elects New Chairman and Appoints Managing Director, Adds Industry Veterans to Board of Directors Leading IP Communications Industry Association Taps Eric Burger, Deputy CTO of BEA Systems, for Chairman of the Board; Marc Robins, CEO of RCG (Robins Consulting Group), for Managing Director; and Mark Enstrom of BroadSoft and Richard Shockey of NeuStar for Directorship Positions NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.--(Business Wire)--The SIP Forum announced today the recent election of Eric Burger, Deputy CTO of BEA Systems, Inc. as Chairman of the SIP Forum Board of Directors, and the selection of leading IP communications industry consultant and analyst Marc Robins as the Forum's new Managing Director. In addition, the Forum announced the election of Mark Enstrom, Product Manager of BroadSoft, Inc. and Richard Shockey, Director of Technical Staff of NeuStar, Inc. to the SIP Forum Board of Directors. The addition of these individuals complements an already prestigious Board of Directors, which includes Chris Gatch, CTO of Cbeyond; Steven J. Johnson, CEO of Ingate Systems; David Oran, Fellow at Cisco Systems; Anwar Siddiqui, Member, CTO Office at Avaya; and Robert Sparks, VP of Research and Development at Estacado Systems. As the new SIP Forum Chairman, Eric Burger brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SIP Forum management team. Over the years, Dr. Burger has made numerous contributions on protocols to the IETF (including SIP, SIPPING, SIMPLE, LEMONADE, SPEECHSC, VPIM) and markup to the W3C (VoiceXML, CCXML, and MSCML.) He is the inventor of the Applications and Services Infrastructure concept, bringing the web development paradigm to telephony applications. Service providers, application developers and equipment manufacturers have since adopted SIP+XML as one of the motivations to moving to a SIP-based real-time communications infrastructure. "Over the last ten years the SIP industry has grown substantially with companies such as BEA Systems and a sizeable ecosystem of NEPs, SIs and ISVs participating in interoperability tests globally," said Dr. Burger. "SIP interoperability is critical to the success of next-generation communications, and the technical initiatives we're spearheading at the SIP Forum aim to promote SIP interoperability to benefit both service providers and the corporate network." As the new SIP Forum Managing Director and President of SIP Forum LLC (the operational, U.S.-based subsidiary of the Swedish-based SIP Forum), Marc Robins is in a unique position to leverage his years of experience as an advocate and champion of new IP communications technologies and their commercial applications. Currently the Chief Technology Evangelism Officer of Robins Consulting Group (www.robinsconsult.com), Mr. Robins has been continuously involved in the telecommunications industry as a reporter and analyst, editor and author, trade show producer and magazine publisher, and marketing executive and consultant for more than 25 years. "Over the years, I have followed the work of the SIP Forum, and consider it to be one of the leading industry organizations for advancing the "state-of-the-art-and-science" of IP communications technology and a vital proponent of standardization and interoperability," said Mr. Robins. "I am honored to have been selected as the new Managing Director of the SIP Forum, and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors on making the SIP Forum an even more essential industry organization and serving the Forum membership through a variety of new marketing, technical, educational and communications programs." Mark Enstrom brings to the board almost 14 years of experience in the industry, including roles in systems engineering, product line management and product/field marketing. Before joining the marketing team at BroadSoft, he led the effort to define and document the company's SIP Trunking solution, which is now BroadSoft's fastest growing application. As BroadSoft's representative to the SIP Forum, Mark is also active with the SIPconnect Certification Committee and helped launch the SIPconnect Compliance Program. "BroadSoft made an early commitment to the SIP Forum and the organization's goal of establishing SIPconnect as the industry standard for interoperability between leading service providers and IP PBXs," said Mr. Enstrom. "I am proud to assume my board member duties in BroadSoft's ongoing commitment to the SIP Forum, and look forward to helping promote SIPconnect as the de facto standard for SIP Trunking." Richard Shockey is a Director and Member of the Technical Staff for NeuStar, Inc., which provides a number of critical services to the communications industry including the administration of all telephone numbers in North America, management of the wireline and wireless Number Portability Administration, number pooling and OSS products for carriers. Mr. Shockey is a founder and has been Co-Chair of the IETF ENUM Work Group for many years and is an author of several IETF RFCs and numerous articles on Next Generation Network technologies for various publications. "I'm delighted to join the Board of Directors of the SIP Forum," said Mr. Shockey. "With SIP now deploying in telecommunications networks worldwide, I look forward to working the Board to continue innovative programs such as SIPconnect and SIPconnect Compliant to extend the benefits of SIP end to end in both enterprise and service provider markets." About The SIP Forum The SIP Forum is an IP communications industry association that engages in numerous activities that advance and promote SIP technology, such as the development of industry recommendations, the SIPit interoperability and testing events, special interoperability workshops, and general promotion of SIP in the industry. One of the Forum's recent technical activities is the development of the SIPconnect Technical Recommendation -- a standards-based recommendation that provides detailed guidelines for direct IP peering and interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks, and the SIPconnect Compliant Certification Program through which eligible companies can gain SIPconnect validation and the right to license the use of the SIP Forum's 'SIPconnect Compliant' certification mark -- the official brand of the leading standard for SIP Trunking products and services. For more information, please visit: http://www.sipforum.org. SIP Forum Marc Robins, 718-548-7245 firstname.lastname@example.org or Connect2 Communications for SIP Forum: Erin Grohs, 919-554-3532, x 5 email@example.com Copyright Business Wire 2008