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GENERAL INSTRUMENT PROMOTES RICHARD FRIEDLAND TO PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER AND A DIRECTOR; GI CONSOLIDATES JERROLD AND VIDEOCIPHER DIVISIONS, REFLECTING CONVERGENCE OF CABLE AND SATELLITE TV

 CHICAGO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- General instrument Corporation (NYSE: GIC) today announced that Richard S. Friedland has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Friedland was also elected to the Board of Directors. A 15-year GI employee, he is currently vice president-finance and chief financial officer. He will continue to serve as CFO until a successor is named.
 The Company also announced that it is consolidating its Jerrold Communications and VideoCipher divisions into a single Broadband Communications Division, reflecting the rapid convergence of the cable and satellite television industries and their respective technologies. Jerrold Communications is the world's leading supplier of set-top converter boxes and addressable subscriber systems; VideoCipher, which pioneered digital HDTV, is the world leader in satellite television encryption technology. Hal M. Krisbergh, president of Jerrold Communications, will be president of the new Broadband Communications Division, headquartered in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
 "Rick Friedland is a superb manager who has been instrumental in GI's transformation from a conglomerate into a focused and profitable broadband company with world leadership in key technologies. He has been far more than a CFO for some time, and he richly deserves this recognition and new role," said Daniel F. Akerson, chairman and chief executive officer.
 "The consolidation of our cable and satellite divisions is a logical step as these formerly separate businesses increasingly overlap," continued Akerson. "With digital compression now a reality, we're building on the same technology platform to deliver interactive and multimedia services on the ground or through the air. This move is designed to increase GI's efficiency and help us meet burgeoning demand from new and existing customers."
 James F. Bunker, president of GI's VideoCipher division, will retire at year-end but remain a senior advisor and consultant, assisting GI in the consolidation and continuing to work closely with customers worldwide.
 Additionally, the Company announced that directors Donald Rumsfeld, former GI chairman and CEO, and William Lowe, chairman and CEO of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., have retired from the Board.
 Friedland, 42, has served in a variety of financial management positions at GI and became CFO in 1992. Before joining GI in 1978, he was an audit manager at Price Waterhouse. He is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and a director of Department 56, Inc., a specialty giftware company. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from Seton Hall University and a B.S. in accounting from Ohio State University.
 Krisbergh, 46, a 12-year GI veteran, has been president of the Company's Jerrold Communications division since 1988. Prior to joining GI, he held a number of positions at W.R. Grace, including president of the Pace West and BRC Components Divisions. Earlier, he was a management consultant for Touche Ross & Company. Prior to that he was an engineer with Raytheon Company's Missile Systems Division. He received an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York.
 Bunker, 58, joined GI as president of the VideoCipher division in 1991. Previously, he spent 30 years at M/A Com, Inc., where he held a variety of increasingly senior positions, including executive vice president and general manager of the Video Products Groups, VideoCipher's predecessor. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
 General Instrument Corporation is a world leader in broadband transmission, distribution and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications, as well as in discrete power rectifying components. GI has joined with the other all-digital proponents for the U.S. HDTV standard in a "Grand Alliance" that will share technology and potential future royalties.
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