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SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA NAMES NEW CEO

 ATLANTA, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific-Atlanta's (NYSE: SFA) board of directors today announced the election of James F. McDonald as president and chief executive officer, effective July 15, to succeed James V. Napier who will continue to serve as the company's chairman.
 As chairman and interim CEO since December 1992, Napier led the search for a permanent CEO.
 Commenting on the appointment, Napier said: "We have accomplished our announced leadership succession, and we are extremely fortunate to have Jim McDonald at the helm to take Scientific-Atlanta into the future. His strong technology background and experience as chief executive officer of Prime Computer and of Gould will prove invaluable as he takes on his new responsibilities. Jim knows how to manage a business for success."
 McDonald said: "Scientific-Atlanta is a strong company, well positioned as a leader in the markets it serves. I anticipate an exciting period of growth and renewal, and I look forward to the many the opportunities ahead."
 McDonald is currently a general partner specializing in high technology companies with J. H. Whitney & Company, a private investment firm in New York.
 During 1989-91, after agreeing with J. H. Whitney to serve as president and CEO for two years, McDonald led the successful restructuring of Prime Computer Inc., a supplier of CAD/CAM software and computer systems. Under his leadership, the company's operating income improved from $20 million in 1989 to $218 million in 1990. After J. H. Whitney recruited a successor CEO, McDonald served as vice chairman during a transitional period until joining J. H. Whitney.
 In 1984 he joined Gould, Inc. as president and COO. In 1986 he became chairman and CEO of this $1.4 billion computer and electronics company, where he managed its restructuring and ultimate sale to Nippon Mining in 1988. He then temporarily assumed leadership of the company's defense business, Gould Navcom Systems, Inc., and presided over the successful sale of those operations.
 From 1963-84, McDonald held a variety of positions with IBM Corporation. From 1980-84 he was general manager of IBM's Manufacturing Systems Business Unit where he had responsibility for a wide range of products which included industrial terminals and computers, automated assembly lines, factory local area network products, industrial robots and manufacturing controllers. He served as director of IBM's Boulder laboratory in 1978-80, where he was responsible for the development of copiers, magnetic tape and storage devices and laser printing systems. He began his IBM career as a computer design engineer.
 McDonald is a 1962 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. In 1964 he received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the same university. He holds two patents, one regarding image printing and one for computer terminals. He serves on the boards of Burlington Resources, a diversified resources and energy company; Data Beam Corporation, a graphics conferencing software producer; Cadis, Inc., a software company, and Golden Sun, an animal feed developer. He recently retired from the board of Sprint Corporation. He and his wife, Paula, have three daughters and will relocate to Georgia from their home in Illinois.
 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. is a world leader in broadband communications systems, cable television electronics, satellite-based communications networks, and instrumentation for industrial, telecommunications and government applications.
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