Ericsson Microwave Executive Ola Gustafsson Joins Aviat Networks as Head of Product and Services Portfolio

Oct 30, 2013, 16:30 ET from Aviat Networks, Inc.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW), the leading expert in microwave networking solutions, today announced that Ola Gustafsson recently joined the company in Santa Clara as senior vice president, product and services portfolio management. In this role, Mr. Gustafsson is responsible for maximizing the value of Aviat Networks' product and service portfolio.

Mr. Gustafsson brings extensive senior leadership experience in microwave and wireless technologies to Aviat Networks. He most recently served as Ericsson's head of product line microwave and mobile backhaul. In that role, Mr. Gustafsson developed and managed the roadmap and lifecycle for the entire Ericsson microwave portfolio, which includes the MINI-LINK™ microwave system and small cell products, as well as IP-based mobile backhaul routing and switching products.

"The addition of Ola greatly strengthens our executive management team," says Michael Pangia, president and CEO, Aviat Networks. "Ola's demonstrated success in product management, combined with his in-depth technical knowledge and vast industry experience, enables him to provide valuable insight and direction to Aviat's product portfolio."

During more than 20 years at Ericsson, Mr. Gustafsson had a strong impact on the development and design of several innovative products. He led the definition, introduction and ramp up of the market defining MINI-LINK™ system. Prior to his role as head of product line microwave and mobile backhaul, Mr. Gustafsson managed the integration of Marconi microwave into Ericsson, where he delivered rapid alignment of several overlapping products and oversaw the restructuring of Marconi's supply chain and operations.

"As the No. 1 microwave specialist, Aviat Network occupies a unique position in the industry," says Mr. Gustafsson. "The company's high performance products, reputable services and focus on innovation were an immediate draw. I believe that Aviat has significant opportunities for growth, making it an exciting place to continue my focus on next-generation microwave technology while having a meaningful impact."

About Aviat Networks

Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) is a leading global provider of microwave networking solutions transforming communications networks to handle the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-Gigabit data services. With more than 750,000 systems installed around the world, Aviat Networks provides LTE-proven microwave networking solutions to mobile operators, including some of the largest and most advanced 4G/LTE networks in the world. Public safety, utility, government and defense organizations also trust Aviat Networks' solutions for their mission-critical applications where reliability is paramount. In conjunction with its networking solutions, Aviat Networks provides a comprehensive suite of localized professional and support services enabling customers to effectively and seamlessly migrate to next generation Carrier Ethernet/IP networks. For more than 50 years, customers have relied on Aviat Networks' high performance and scalable solutions to help them maximize their investments and solve their most challenging network problems. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aviat Networks operates in more than 100 countries around the world. For more information, visit or connect with Aviat Networks on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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  • continued price and margin erosion as a result of increased competition in the microwave transmission industry;
  • the impact of the volume, timing and customer, product and geographic mix of our product orders;
  • our ability to meet projected new product development dates or anticipated cost reductions of new products;
  • our suppliers' inability to perform and deliver on time as a result of their financial condition, component shortages or other supply chain constraints;
  • customer acceptance of new products;
  • the ability of our subcontractors to timely perform;
  • continued weakness in the global economy affecting customer spending;
  • retention of our key personnel;
  • our ability to manage and maintain key customer relationships;
  • uncertain economic conditions in the telecommunications sector combined with operator and supplier consolidation;
  • the timing of our receipt of payment for products or services from our customers;
  • our failure to protect our intellectual property rights or defend against intellectual property infringement claims by others;
  • the effects of currency and interest rate risks; and
  • the impact of political turmoil in countries where we have significant business.

For more information regarding the risks and uncertainties for our business, see "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on September 23, 2013 as well as other reports filed by Aviat Networks, Inc. with the SEC from time to time. Aviat Networks undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, except as required by law, even as new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

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