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OZ Appoints Two Mobile Industry Veterans to its Board: Former Chief Technology Officers of Cingular and Vodafone UK Join OZ.

MONTREAL -- OZ, the leading enabler of standards-based mobile Instant Messaging and Presence Services, announced today the appointment of Bill Clift and Chris Burke to the Company's Board of Directors.

W.E. (Bill) Clift has a proven track record and extensive experience in the wireless industry. Most recently he served as CTO for Cingular where he directed strategic network planning initiatives, oversaw Cingular's involvement in standards bodies, and coordinated the technical development of new products and services. Prior to Cingular, Mr. Clift held several engineering and senior management positions during a distinguished career at Bell South Mobility.

Chris Burke brings a wealth of international wireless telecommunications and IT expertise to OZ. As CTO of Vodafone UK Ltd., he was responsible for all Vodafone technology across its entire lifecycle in the UK and other Vodafone regional and global initiatives. Prior to Vodafone UK Ltd., Mr. Burke was the Director of both Operations and Advanced Services Development in R&D, as well as VP Sales at Nortel Networks. Mr. Burke also served as CTO of Energis Communications, where he played an integral role in helping take the company pubic.

"With OZ's experienced management team, world-class customers and solid product line, the Company is uniquely positioned as the leader in the mobile messaging marketplace," said Mr. Clift. "I look forward to working with this dedicated team."

"OZ is synonymous with mobile messaging innovation and excellence," said Mr. Burke. "I am excited to join the Board of a company that is passionate about moving the Company to the next stage of its evolution."

"Adding to our recent financing announcement, having these industry veterans join our board is further evidence of OZ's commanding position in the mobile messaging industry," said Skuli Mogensen CEO and President of OZ. "Both Bill and Chris bring a wealth of mobile experience to our growing organization, which will serve us well as we continue to increase our presence in the marketplace."

Bill Clift and Chris Burke join the distinguished OZ board, whose members include:

Alan MacIntosh - Chairman of the Board

Eric Ver Ploeg - Managing Director -VantagePoint Venture Partners

Skuli Mogensen - Founder, CEO and President - OZ

Hilmar Gunnarsson - VP Sales and Marketing - OZ

Shahir Guindi - Partner - Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt

About OZ

OZ is leading the development of standards-based mobile instant messaging (IM) solutions that enable mobile operators and IM providers to bring instant messaging services to operators' subscribers. Furthermore, OZ works closely with leading handset manufacturers to provide users with a rich and fully integrated IM experience on mobile devices. Visionary companies such as T-Mobile USA, AOL(TM), Microsoft(R), Yahoo! (R), Nokia, Siemens and SonyEricsson, have partnered with OZ to empower people with a seamless, always-on mobile IM experience. OZ is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The Company also has regional offices in the US and Europe. For more information, visit the OZ website at

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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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