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HASSELWANDER RETIRES FROM RTC; BITTNER NAMED SUCCESSOR

      HASSELWANDER RETIRES FROM RTC; BITTNER NAMED SUCCESSOR
    ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Alan C. Hasselwander, president and chief executive officer of Rochester Telephone Corporation (NYSE: RTC), has announced his intention to retire, following the board of directors annual organizational meeting on April 29, 1992.  He will stand for re-election as a member of the board at the annual shareowners' meeting on the same day.
    Ronald L. Bittner, who has been president of the Telecommunications Group of Rochester Telephone Corporation, has been elected to succeed Hasselwander.  In the interim, Hasselwander will continue as chairman of the board.
    Hasselwander has been chief executive officer of the corporation since May 1984 and president since February 1983.  He has been with the company since December 1957.
    Prior to assuming direction of the entire Telecommunications Group, Bittner was president of RCI, Rotelcom and Rochester Tel Mobile Communications from January 1987 until May 1988.  He was vice president of telephone operations from October 1983 until 1987 and vice president- finance and development from 1980 to 1983.  Bittner joined Rochester Telephone in 1963 following graduation from Muhlenberg College. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Rochester's Graduate School of Business.  He is also a member of the company's board of directors, to which he was elected in April 1989.
    In commenting on the company's plan for succession, Hasselwander said, "Ron Bittner is ideally suited for his new responsibilities as CEO of Rochester Tel.  He is one of the very few executives in the telecommunications industry to have successfully operated in top positions in the traditional local exchange business as well as the highly competitive long distance, cellular and equipment businesses. This experience will be extremely valuable as Rochester Tel faces increasingly viable competition in the previously protected local telephone markets.  Under his leadership, I have no doubt that we will reach new levels of achievement."
    In discussing his retirement, Hasselwander said, "From both a corporate and personal point of view, I believe this is an ideal time for me to leave the CEO position.  Through the dedicated efforts of our board and our employees, Rochester Tel has achieved in the last few years a substantial part of its strategic plan and is among the top firms in our industry.  Our emphases have changed somewhat, and it is an ideal time for new perspectives to be brought to
the issues that face us in the future.    "From a personal point of view, there are a myriad of thing s that I want to enjoy and do, and I look forward to having sufficient time to pursue those interests," said Hasselwander.
    In commenting on the change in leadership Bittner said, "Al Hasselwander's active daily involvement in the industry will be missed. We are pleased that he has agreed to continue to serve as a director of Rochester Tel and provide us his guidance from the wisdom that he has derived from years of enlightened leadership in the telecommunications industry.
    "I believe that Rochester Tel is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the many opportunities that are continuing to unfold in the telecommunications marketplace.  I am personally very pleased to play a larger role in the company's direction at this time."
    Rochester Telephone Corporation is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. It owns and operates 37 telephone companies in 15 states serving 853,000 access lines.  It also operates three unregulated subsidiaries: RCI Long Distance, a regional interchange carrier; Rotelcom Network Systems, which provides competitive telecommunications equipment and services; and Rochester Tel Mobile Communications, which manages its cellular interests.
    The company reported net profit of $77 million and $703.2 million in revenue in 1991.
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    /CONTACT:  Diana C. Melville of Rochester Telephone, 716-777-1090/
    (RTC) CO:  Rochester Telephone ST:  New York IN:  TLS SU:  PER DA -- CL009 -- 9860 02/18/92 10:58 EST
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