Active Voice, Inc. to be Acquired by NEC America
Seattle, Washington, USA - September 20, 2001 – Active Voice, Inc., a world leader in providing unified messaging and computer telephony software solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its messaging business to NEC America, Inc. The acquisition supports NEC's vision to deliver next generation computer telephony integration (CTI) and unified communications solutions to enterprises worldwide.
As part of the agreement, NEC America will acquire Active Voice's business operations in Seattle, as well as its subsidiaries in Australia and The Netherlands. The new company will operate as an independent subsidiary of NEC America, Inc. to sell and support Active Voice's Repartee®, PhoneSoft™, Replay®, Lingo™, and embedded solutions that are distributed globally by strategic partners. Victor Foia, a 17-year veteran who is currently the vice president and general manager of NEC America's Corporate Networks Group, will serve as the new company's president and chief executive officer. The new company will retain its headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
"After evaluating the strategic options of the company, we believe the acquisition represents the best long term solution for our customers and employees," says Frank J. Costa, Active Voice's CEO and president. "NEC has been a part of the telecommunications industry for over 100 years, and we feel they represent the strongest possible partner for Active Voice."
"Over the past ten years, Active Voice has earned the respect of its global customers by providing a family of first-class voice messaging products,"states Mr. Foia. "We intend to harness the energy and experience of our Active Voice employees to continue to provide the best voice mail solutions on the market."
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