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JNI Corporation Announces Upcoming Change in Board of Directors; Director John Stiska to Succeed Eric Wenaas as Chairman; JNI Sets Annual Shareholders Meeting for May 22 in San Diego.



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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2002

JNI (Java Native Interface) A programming interface (API) in Sun's Java Virtual Machine used for calling native platform elements such as GUI routines. RNI (Raw Native Interface) is the JNI counterpart in Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine.

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(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:JNIC JNIC Joint National Integration Center ), a leading provider of enterprise storage connectivity products, today announced that John C. Stiska, 60, a director with JNI Corporation since May 2000, will succeed Eric P. Wenaas, Ph.D. as chairman of the board of directors for JNI Corporation.

Wenaas, 60, plans to retire from the board at the time of the stockholders meeting.

In addition, JNI has set the date and location for its annual meeting. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 10 a.m. PDT PDT
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 at JNI's corporate headquarters in San Diego.

Dr. Wenaas was CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  of Jaycor Inc. when the business unit that eventually became JNI Corporation was established in the early 1990s, and authorized the initial funding for the company. He became chairman of the board of directors when JNI was incorporated as a separate entity in February 1997.

"Eric has been a steady hand through all the changes in the industry," said Neal Waddington, president, CEO and a director of JNI Corporation. "As JNI's chairman over the past five years, he saw the company go from a business plan of a few Jaycor executives to a $100 million company during his tenure. I will miss his experience and perspective on the business. At the same time John Stiska has worked closely with JNI Corporation, Jaycor and Dr. Wenaas over the years and will provide governance continuity as our new chairman."

"My tenure on this board with Dr. Wenaas, my experience on Jaycor and other boards, as well as my background as the CEO of a public company and senior vice president at QUALCOMM are key to understanding the challenges facing JNI," said Stiska.

During Dr. Wenaas' term as chairman, JNI Corporation became the fastest-growing technology company in San Diego and Orange Counties, growing 27,489% from 1995 to 2000, according to the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 survey. He oversaw JNI's initial public offering in October 1999, and has seen JNI become one of the leading players in the storage network industry.

Dr. Wenaas has received widespread recognition for this stewardship as JNI's chairman. In 2001, the Corporate Directors Forum named Dr. Wenaas "Director of the Year for Companies in Transition." The award is given to a corporate director who has contributed to taking a company through changes such as early start-up, mergers, acquisitions, changes in management or in managing other changes to a positive and productive conclusion. He was also one of five San Diego-area business leaders recognized last year by the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur Of The Year" program, winning the award in the High Technology category over a group of 18 finalists in all five categories.

His retirement from JNI's board is part of Dr. Wenaas' overall plans to scale back his day-to-day business activities. Recently, as CEO of Jaycor Inc., he managed the sale of that company to The Titan Corporation, a San Diego-based company. The sale was completed March 21, 2002.

Stiska has served as a director of JNI since May 2000. He is chairman of Commercial Bridge Capital LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.

LLC - Logical Link Control
, a secured bridge loan fund. From February 1996 to February 1998, Stiska served as corporate senior vice president of QUALCOMM Incorporated, and as General Manager of QUALCOMM's Technology Applications Group. Prior to joining QUALCOMM, Stiska was chairman and chief executive officer of Triton Group Ltd. (ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) A relational DBMS from Sybase that runs on Windows NT/2000, Linux and a variety of Unix platforms. ASE is a comprehensive and robust data management product with a long history dating back to the late 1980s. :TGL TGL Taeglich (German: daily)
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) from 1993 to 1996.

Under JNI's corporate bylaws, members of the board of directors elect the chairman. Dr. Wenaas will not stand for re-election when his term expires on May 22. Stiska is expected to be named chairman at the first board of directors meeting following JNI's annual meeting. With the retirement of Dr. Wenaas, the JNI board of directors will have five members, including four outside directors: John Bolger, Tom St. Dennis, Stiska, Sylvia Summers-Dubrevil, as well as Waddington. All are up for re-election to the board on May 22.

About JNI Corporation

JNI Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of connectivity products for the enterprise data center. JNI offers a broad line of Fibre Channel HBAs, ASICs and software for storage area networks, as well as HCA HCA,
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 Modules for InfiniBand. JNI's PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.

(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus).
, SBus and CompactPCI HBAs operate on Solaris, Windows 2000, Windows NT, HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.

(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations.
, AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive) IBM's Unix-based operating system which runs on its Intellistation workstations and pSeries, p5, iSeries and i5 server families. , Novell, Linux and Mac OS systems. JNI's high availability HBAs and software are certified in single, multi-host and cluster environments for Windows NT and 2000, and Solaris. JNI customers, distributors and strategic partners include Acal FCS FCS - Frame Check Sequence , Avid, Bell Microproducts, Brocade, Chaparral, Compaq StorageWorks, Consan, Crossroads, EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, www.emc.com) The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies. , Eurologic, Gadzoox, GE Access, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems See HDS. , IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Info X, LSI Logic, McDATA, Mellanox Technologies, Nishan Systems, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, TidalWire, Troika Networks and Veritas. Company headquarters are in San Diego, with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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Forward Looking Statements

With the exception of historical information, the statements set forth above include forward-looking statements (including but not limited to: the effects of the outcome of the proxy vote re-electing the board of directors and the vote of the board of directors for the chairman) that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These risks include: the re-election of the current board of directors; the election of Stiska as chairman by the board of directors; and other actions of the shareholders or the company. Other risks are discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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