SmartPipes Names Telecommunications Leader President and Chief Executive Officer

Hank Nothhaft, former Chairman and CEO of Concentric and Vice Chairman of XO

Communications, Joins as Company Prepares to Launch Advanced IP Services



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from SmartPipes, Inc.

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SmartPipes, Inc., the leading provider of managed IP Services that streamline
 the process of deploying and managing secure intranets, extranets, and
 interactive communications, announced today that Henry "Hank" Nothhaft, former
 vice chairman, XO Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:   XOXO), formed by last year's
 merger of Concentric Network Corporation and NEXTLINK Communications, has
 joined SmartPipes as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Ray Bell, former
 CEO, will remain Chairman of the Board and assume the role of Chief Technology
 Officer.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/SFM125 )
     Nothhaft brings more than 35 years of telecommunications and corporate
 networking experience to SmartPipes. Prior to last year's merger, Hank was
 chairman and CEO of Concentric, where he was credited with successfully
 leading the pioneering company to become the recognized industry leader in IP
 Enterprise Virtual Private Networks, high-speed access, and electronic
 commerce enabled Web hosting.
     "SmartPipes has developed an unparalleled technology that will essentially
 change the way businesses communicate," said Hank Nothhaft, president and CEO
 of SmartPipes. "Companies have been seeking a way to leverage their corporate
 network as a strategic asset. I have been particularly impressed with the
 speed and agility SmartPipes has exhibited in recent months in response to the
 growing need for IP services. I look forward to contributing my experience
 with high-performance, broadband communications networks to establish
 SmartPipes as the catalyst that will unleash IP VPNs and a broad array of
 value-added services on a wide scale."
     SmartPipes, backed by some of the most influential investors in
 technology, is set to launch its groundbreaking Global IP Services imminently.
 The service, sold through Internet and network service providers, will enable
 businesses to move their corporate networks from cumbersome legacy networks,
 such as frame relay and leased lines, to dynamic IP-based VPNs (virtual
 private networks). SmartPipes Global IP Services offer companies the ability
 to add corporate intranets, extranets, and interactive communications as well
 as deploy network security policies through an intuitive Web-based browser.
 Businesses benefit from simplified network implementations, lower total cost
 of network ownership, increased granular network control, reduced business
 risk, and the ability to meet business networking needs in real time.
     "Businesses are looking for a single IP VPN and security solution that
 will allow them to retain control of their corporate networks, while reaping
 the benefits of outsourcing:  lowered costs, ease of use, and improved
 granular control," said Ray Bell, chairman and chief technology officer of
 SmartPipes. "Hank's proven leadership and vast industry experience in
 successfully delivering pioneering network services is a vital asset as we
 prepare to launch our services and address this fast-growing market."
     "SmartPipes' Global IP Services will undoubtedly make a tremendous impact
 on not only the way companies currently use their network, but the industry at
 large," said Tom Jermoluk, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and
 Byers, and a SmartPipes board member. "The appointment of Hank Nothhaft as
 president and CEO completes our vision for an all-star management team, and
 will allow Ray to focus his energies on continuing to build remarkable
 technology."
 
     About Hank Nothhaft:
     Hank Nothhaft is an industry veteran with more than 35 years in the
 communications and networking industry, with the last 24 years as a key
 executive in four start-ups. Most recently, Nothhaft was vice chairman of
 XO Communications (formerly NEXTLINK Communications, which merged with
 Concentric last year). He joined Concentric Network Corporation as president
 and chief executive officer in May 1995 and during his tenure raised
 $380 million in equity financing, created $2 billion in shareholder value, and
 drove the company's rapid growth through strategic distribution agreements
 with major telecommunications and technology companies such as SBC
 Communications and Microsoft.
     From 1989 to 1994, Nothhaft was president, chief executive officer and a
 director of David Systems, Inc., a networking company that was a market leader
 in ISDN plus Ethernet over standard telephone circuits. From 1983 to 1989, he
 held various positions with DSC Communications Corporation, a start-up that
 grew from $10 million to $650 million and was eventually sold to Alcatel for
 $4 billion, including president of the Business Network Systems Group,
 president of Digital Switch Corporation subsidiary, and senior vice president
 of marketing, in addition to serving as a member of the board of directors.
     From 1979 to 1983, Nothhaft was vice president of domestic marketing and
 vice president of sales for GTE Telenet Communications Corporation (now
 Sprint) that pioneered x.25 networks, the initial public data networking
 protocol. Nothhaft serves on the board of directors at XO Communications
 (outside director), SS8 Networks, WaveSplitter Technologies and Ocular
 Networks. He has an M.B.A. in Information Systems Technology from George
 Washington University and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a
 former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
     About SmartPipes
     SmartPipes is a leading provider of Global IP Services that streamline the
 process of designing, deploying, and managing IP Services such as secure
 IP-based VPN intranets and extranets. With SmartPipes Global IP Services,
 enterprises gain increased control of their networks and decrease the time and
 energy required to provide network-based services to their customers, both
 inside and outside their business. Headquartered in Redwood City, California,
 with a carrier-class Network Intelligence Center in Dublin, Ohio, and
 additional sales offices in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado, the
 privately held company has more than 210 employees. SmartPipes can be found on
 the Web at http://www.smartpipes.com.
 
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SOURCE SmartPipes, Inc.
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SmartPipes, Inc., the leading provider of managed IP Services that streamline
 the process of deploying and managing secure intranets, extranets, and
 interactive communications, announced today that Henry "Hank" Nothhaft, former
 vice chairman, XO Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:   XOXO), formed by last year's
 merger of Concentric Network Corporation and NEXTLINK Communications, has
 joined SmartPipes as President and Chief Executive Officer.  Ray Bell, former
 CEO, will remain Chairman of the Board and assume the role of Chief Technology
 Officer.
     (Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010423/SFM125 )
     Nothhaft brings more than 35 years of telecommunications and corporate
 networking experience to SmartPipes. Prior to last year's merger, Hank was
 chairman and CEO of Concentric, where he was credited with successfully
 leading the pioneering company to become the recognized industry leader in IP
 Enterprise Virtual Private Networks, high-speed access, and electronic
 commerce enabled Web hosting.
     "SmartPipes has developed an unparalleled technology that will essentially
 change the way businesses communicate," said Hank Nothhaft, president and CEO
 of SmartPipes. "Companies have been seeking a way to leverage their corporate
 network as a strategic asset. I have been particularly impressed with the
 speed and agility SmartPipes has exhibited in recent months in response to the
 growing need for IP services. I look forward to contributing my experience
 with high-performance, broadband communications networks to establish
 SmartPipes as the catalyst that will unleash IP VPNs and a broad array of
 value-added services on a wide scale."
     SmartPipes, backed by some of the most influential investors in
 technology, is set to launch its groundbreaking Global IP Services imminently.
 The service, sold through Internet and network service providers, will enable
 businesses to move their corporate networks from cumbersome legacy networks,
 such as frame relay and leased lines, to dynamic IP-based VPNs (virtual
 private networks). SmartPipes Global IP Services offer companies the ability
 to add corporate intranets, extranets, and interactive communications as well
 as deploy network security policies through an intuitive Web-based browser.
 Businesses benefit from simplified network implementations, lower total cost
 of network ownership, increased granular network control, reduced business
 risk, and the ability to meet business networking needs in real time.
     "Businesses are looking for a single IP VPN and security solution that
 will allow them to retain control of their corporate networks, while reaping
 the benefits of outsourcing:  lowered costs, ease of use, and improved
 granular control," said Ray Bell, chairman and chief technology officer of
 SmartPipes. "Hank's proven leadership and vast industry experience in
 successfully delivering pioneering network services is a vital asset as we
 prepare to launch our services and address this fast-growing market."
     "SmartPipes' Global IP Services will undoubtedly make a tremendous impact
 on not only the way companies currently use their network, but the industry at
 large," said Tom Jermoluk, general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and
 Byers, and a SmartPipes board member. "The appointment of Hank Nothhaft as
 president and CEO completes our vision for an all-star management team, and
 will allow Ray to focus his energies on continuing to build remarkable
 technology."
 
     About Hank Nothhaft:
     Hank Nothhaft is an industry veteran with more than 35 years in the
 communications and networking industry, with the last 24 years as a key
 executive in four start-ups. Most recently, Nothhaft was vice chairman of
 XO Communications (formerly NEXTLINK Communications, which merged with
 Concentric last year). He joined Concentric Network Corporation as president
 and chief executive officer in May 1995 and during his tenure raised
 $380 million in equity financing, created $2 billion in shareholder value, and
 drove the company's rapid growth through strategic distribution agreements
 with major telecommunications and technology companies such as SBC
 Communications and Microsoft.
     From 1989 to 1994, Nothhaft was president, chief executive officer and a
 director of David Systems, Inc., a networking company that was a market leader
 in ISDN plus Ethernet over standard telephone circuits. From 1983 to 1989, he
 held various positions with DSC Communications Corporation, a start-up that
 grew from $10 million to $650 million and was eventually sold to Alcatel for
 $4 billion, including president of the Business Network Systems Group,
 president of Digital Switch Corporation subsidiary, and senior vice president
 of marketing, in addition to serving as a member of the board of directors.
     From 1979 to 1983, Nothhaft was vice president of domestic marketing and
 vice president of sales for GTE Telenet Communications Corporation (now
 Sprint) that pioneered x.25 networks, the initial public data networking
 protocol. Nothhaft serves on the board of directors at XO Communications
 (outside director), SS8 Networks, WaveSplitter Technologies and Ocular
 Networks. He has an M.B.A. in Information Systems Technology from George
 Washington University and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is a
 former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
     About SmartPipes
     SmartPipes is a leading provider of Global IP Services that streamline the
 process of designing, deploying, and managing IP Services such as secure
 IP-based VPN intranets and extranets. With SmartPipes Global IP Services,
 enterprises gain increased control of their networks and decrease the time and
 energy required to provide network-based services to their customers, both
 inside and outside their business. Headquartered in Redwood City, California,
 with a carrier-class Network Intelligence Center in Dublin, Ohio, and
 additional sales offices in Reston, Virginia and Denver, Colorado, the
 privately held company has more than 210 employees. SmartPipes can be found on
 the Web at http://www.smartpipes.com.
 
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