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John Carrington New Non-Executive Director at SRC

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London, England – June 18th 2001 – John Carrington has joined the board of SRC (The Speech Recognition Company Limited) the UK’s leading provider of high-performance speech recognition solutions, as non-executive director. The founding MD of both Cellnet and Mercury One2One, former Chief Executive of BT’s Mobile Division and Chief Executive of Regional Business at Cable and Wireless plc, Carrington has been brought in to help further develop SRC Telecom’s telephony based speech recognition business.

The announcement comes two weeks after SRC Telecom launched the first Europe-based hosting environment for Voice XML applications. The company is aiming to capture the market for telephone-based speech recognition solutions. Companies wishing to improve customer service or offer new speech based information and transaction services are amongst the target audience.

“Speech recognition technology is now mature enough to provide an efficiency and revenue generating opportunities for most organisations, and SRC has the products and services to achieve this,” commented Carrington.

“We are delighted to have John, a real industry heavyweight, join the board,” said Jeremy Peckham, SRC Executive Chairman. “John’s unparalleled experience in the telecoms markets together with SRC’s proven speech recognition expertise and the recent financial backing from 3i and Cazenove & Co. puts SRC Telecom in a very strong position.”

John Carrington

John Carrington has over twenty-five years experience at the leading edge of telecommunications. A pioneer in the development of international broadband services in the early 1980’s, he has also played a key role in the development of cellular communications in the UK and Europe. He is still deeply involved in both fixed and mobile innovation.

From 1993 to 1995 he was Chief Executive of Regional Businesses at Cable and Wireless Plc, responsible for 16,000 staff in 34 countries, covering the Caribbean, South America, Bermuda, Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan. John joined the Cable and Wireless Group in August 1989. Between 1989 and 1991 he was the Founding MD of Mercury One2One, the first PCN network in and was the world.

Between 1985 and 1989 John was Chief Executive of British Telecom Mobile Division. During that period mobile was established as a major part of BT’s service and was closely associated with the emergence of the GSM standard. Prior to this he was Founding MD of Cellnet, one of the two licensed cellular operators in the UK. He established the company from scratch and took it to launch of cellular service in January 1985.

Today, John is non-executive Chairman of Sportsweb Ltd and Metro New Media Ltd. He is a non-executive director of Hanover Matrix Ltd, Smart421 and Singer & Friedlander AIM VCT plc and AIM2 VCT plc. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Directors and the Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

About SRC (The Speech Recognition Company)

SRC Enterprise builds speech recognition and digital dictation solutions for the corporate desktop. SRC Enterprise also offers industry unique services based on its own market leading expertise including SRC Vocabulary Building and SRC VocaLinks Consulting. SRC Vocabulary Building develops specialist speech software vocabularies for the professions and bespoke vocabularies for the corporate market. The SRC VocaLinks Consulting service leverages unique, patent-pending SRC VocaLinks Technology, enabling customers to re-engineer their existing data capture, entry and processing workflow with speech recognition technology, thus gaining significant productivity and cost-efficiency gains.

SRC Telecom builds upon the company's core speech recognition expertise with a range of speech telephony applications. In partnership with leading technology manufacturers, SRC Telecom uses its core skills in advanced telephony speech application design to automate call handling for customer information and transactions. The company also delivers applications direct as well as hosting these applications on its own state of the art secure and scaleable platform. SRC Telecom is a member of the VoiceXML Forum who’s goal is to promote VoiceXML, a language enabling Internet based telephone services and voice-enabled access to content and information on the web.

SRC is privately owned, and is backed by leading financial institutions including 3i Group and Cazenove & Co.

Media Contacts:

Peter Linton
Media Link
0118 984 3386

Richard Whale
Marketing Manager, SRC
020 7471 0127

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