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Venture Outsource Group Appoints Advisory Board; Gerald M. Brady, Charles Durnberger, Charles Fine and Roger Norberg Join Electronics Contract Manufacturing Strategy Firm.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 2004

Venture Outsource Group, the leading strategy firm on electronics contract manufacturing, announces the appointment of four industry and business leaders to its Advisory Board.

The Board consists of valued and respected individuals in the technology management marketplace; well-known in their disciplines, and trusted advisors with proven capacity, knowledge and industry influence.

Gerald M. Brady -- Managing Director, Siemens Mobile Acceleration

Siemens Mobile Acceleration fosters start-ups that focus on wireless applications and technologies for the mobile industry. Brady's responsibilities in this leading venture capital firm include identifying young and innovative wireless technology companies and investing in and managing these respective ventures. He has extensive experience in international business, product management and strategy, including licensing and channel development. Prior to Siemens, Brady served as director at 3i where he helped identify and invest in a broad range of early-stage communications and software companies.

Charles Durnberger -- Operations Business Manager, Volume Products, Sun Microsystems

Durnberger is a recognized thought leader for Sun with his management of supply chain practices as he maintains focus on product cost; quality, market availability and continual innovation of supply chain designs that mitigate risk in highly-leveraged product design models. Prior to Sun, Durnberger managed EMS-OEM relations in senior management roles with Flextronics; Solectron, and Manufacturers' Services Limited (acquired by Celestica) where he developed and negotiated contract agreements and chaired EMS company initiatives to streamline OEM supply chains, improve flexibility and reduce total inventory liability for the EMS provider.

Charles Fine, Ph.D. -- Chrysler LFM Professor of Management, Operations Management Group, MIT's Sloan School of Management & Co-Director, MIT Communications Technology Roadmap

Professor Charles Fine teaches operations strategy and supply chain management at MIT's Sloan School of Management and directs the roadmapping activities in MIT's Communications Futures Program. Prof. Fine's research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with particular focus on fast-clockspeed manufacturing industries. Among other important areas, his research examines how to assess the present and the future profitability and strategic leverage among the various sectors in an industry value chain. He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, Perseus Books, 1998.

Roger Norberg - Senior Analyst, J.P. Morgan Securities

Norberg follows the EMS, distribution, and interconnect, passives and electromechanical (I,P&E) industries for J.P. Morgan Securities. He has written extensively about the electronic manufacturing supply chain -- publishing company and industry-level research. As a member of the Wall Street community, Norberg has been twice named by Institutional Investor Magazine and twice named by The Wall Street Journal in their respective annual polls of top research analysts. He is noted in, among other areas, writings for his views and critique of EMS strategies and comprehensive financial analysis of major companies in industry.

Additional information on Advisory Board members can be found on the company's Web site at: http://www.ventureoutsource.com/expertise.html.

About Venture Outsource Group

Venture Outsource Group (VOG) provides confidential management consulting services to electronics executives in areas such as top-line and bottom-line improvements and liability management. The company also provides customized market and industry research and due diligence activities, and helps OEM and contract manufacturing companies develop strategic global alliances through its Circle of Providers(TM) program. VOG was founded by Mark Zetter, a former senior executive in the global electronics contract manufacturing sector. Please visit http://www.ventureoutsource.com.
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