Tellabs to Hold 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 29

Vincent H. Tobkin nominated for election; Fred A. Krehbiel will retire

Jan 27, 2010, 11:30 ET from Tellabs

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tellabs will hold its 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 29, 2010, at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time at Northern Illinois University, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, Ill.

Directors up for re-election are Michael J. Birck, Linda Wells Kahangi, and Robert W. Pullen. Current director Fred A. Krehbiel will retire after 25 years of serving as a Tellabs director. The nominating and governance committee has recommended the election of Vincent H. Tobkin, a senior advisor at Bain & Company, to the Tellabs board.  

Vincent H. Tobkin, 58, is a senior advisor, a retired director and global telecom/technology practice leader of Bain & Company. Previously, he was a general partner and a founder of Sierra Ventures, a startup-oriented venture capital firm, and partner and consultant with McKinsey and Company. Tobkin holds a S.B. and a S.M. in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard University. For a photo of Vincent Tobkin, see

"Vince brings a vast knowledge of the telecommunications industry and business practices to help Tellabs focus on executing our strategy," said Tellabs chairman Michael J. Birck. "Although Fred will be tough to follow, we believe that Vince is committed to helping our customers succeed and growing the company with innovative products."

Fred A. Krehbiel, 68, serves as a co-chairman of Molex Incorporated since 1999. Previously, he was Molex co-chairman and chief executive officer 2004-2005; chairman of the board and chief executive officer 1993-1999; vice chairman and chief executive officer 1988-1993. He joined Tellabs' Board of Directors in 1985 and has served continuously since then.

"I want to personally thank Fred Krehbiel for his quarter-century of service to Tellabs shareholders as a director," said Tellabs chairman Michael J. Birck. "Fred's business acumen and dedication have been a tremendous asset to Tellabs, and we wish him well in his future endeavors."  

Stockholders will also vote on the ratification of Ernst & Young LLP as Tellabs' independent auditors for 2010.

Simultaneous Webcast — Internet users can hear a simultaneous webcast of the Tellabs annual meeting at 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time on April 29, at; click on the webcast icon.

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