11/25/08- Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) announced that its Board has appointed Mr. Jim Skippen as Chairman of the Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Skippen will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Mr. Skippen has been Wi-LAN's President & CEO and a member of the Company's Board of Directors since June 2006.
"At this time in the Company's evolution, the Board has determined that Mr. Skippen is the best choice for Chairman," said Bill Jenkins, Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee. "Jim has been the driving force and visionary behind Wi-LAN's remarkable transition to a successful licensing company. Since the resignation of our previous Chairman in March 2008, Mr. Skippen has been Acting Chairman of the Board and we believe that it is appropriate and desirable at this time to make the position permanent."
The Board of Directors is also pleased to announce that Richard Shorkey, Chairman of the Audit Committee, has been appointed Lead Independent Director. Among other duties, Mr. Shorkey will facilitate the functioning of the Board independently of management as required.
Wi-LAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. Our portfolio of patented inventions applies to a wide range of consumer electronics and communications products. Some of the fundamental technologies covered by Wi-LAN's patents include: CDMA, DOCSIS, DSL, GSM/EDGE, V-chip, Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Wi-LAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 300 issued or pending patents. Wi-LAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 150 companies.
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