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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION APPOINTS THREE EXECUTIVES TO NEW POSITIONS

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION APPOINTS THREE EXECUTIVES TO NEW POSITIONS
 MAYNARD, Mass., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert B. Palmer, president and CEO of Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC), today announced the appointments of three executives to new positions. William D. Strecker was named vice president, engineering, and chief technology officer; Digital Vice President Richard Poulsen was named president of Digital Europe; and Bobby Choonavala, who has also been named a Digital vice president, was named to succeed Poulsen as president of Digital General International Area (GIA), a territory comprising countries outside of the United States, Europe and Africa. Engineering
 "Bill Strecker will be responsible for managing Digital's worldwide product development and engineering organization. This will include the development and implementation of our product strategy to be tied to the company's overall strategic intent to be a customer-driven organization," Palmer said. "We are focusing on core technologies where we do exceptionally well, and we see opportunities to shift our investments by designing modular products and by simplifying our product set."
 Strecker, 48, was most recently Digital's vice president, chief technology officer. He joined Digital in 1972, and later led the development of Digital's VAX architecture. He helped define the corporation's interconnect strategy. Strecker also played a major role in the development of the Computer Interconnect (CI) technology and the Systems Communication Architecture, both of which are major elements of VAXcluster systems.
 Strecker became manager of Engineering Product Strategy and Architecture in 1984, and was named vice president in 1985. In 1989, he became vice president, Distributed Software Systems, responsible for corporate software development, including the VMS and ULTRIX Operating Systems groups, and the groups responsible for CASE and office systems.
 In 1985, Strecker received the prestigious W.W. McDowell Award from the IEEE Computer Society. In 1987, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction that can be conferred on an engineer for important contributions to engineering theory and practice. He holds several patents, and is the author of numerous technical publications. A native of Philadelphia, Strecker holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. European Operations
 As president of Digital Europe, Poulsen will be responsible for conducting business in 56 countries, including the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa. Digital Europe had FY92 revenues of $6.75 billion.
 Commenting on Poulsen's appointment, Palmer said, "Dick has extensive experience in dealing with multinational customers and managing a multinational organization. He can bring a unique leadership perspective to our European organization, which forms a cornerstone of our business."
 Poulsen, 57, was most recently president of Digital General International Area (GIA). Poulsen joined Digital in 1968 as Canadian Customer Services manager. He was promoted to Mid-Atlantic Customer Services manager in 1970, and to European Customer Services manager in 1973. He initiated Digital's Customer Services Manufacturing and, in 1977, became that organization's manager at its first plant, located in Salem, New Hampshire. He was named Corporate Customer Services manager in 1979; and vice president, Customer Services in 1981. He has been Digital vice president and president, GIA, since 1985.
 Poulsen, a Nova Scotia native, received his diploma in electronic technology from Ryerson Institute in Toronto, Canada, and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's Program for Executives. In his GIA position, he was a director of Digital Equipment of Canada, Ltd.; Digital Computer Taiwan, Ltd.; and chairman of Digital Equipment India, Ltd. (a public company in India). GIA Operations
 As president of Digital GIA, Choonavala will be responsible for conducting business in 40 countries, including Canada, and countries in South America, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and the South Pacific. Digital's GIA operation had FY92 revenues of $2.03 billion.
 Choonavala, 57, was most recently managing director of Digital's Asia region, headquartered in Hong Kong.
 Commenting on Choonavala's appointment, Palmer said, "Having managed in both Europe and Asia, Bobby is keenly aware of the needs of multinational customers and the challenges of doing business on a global scale.
 "In addition, he is well aware of business opportunities in GIA, particularly in the growing markets of the Pacific Rim. We expect him to be an important part of our customer-focused management team."
 Choonavala joined Digital in 1966 as a project engineer in Maynard, Mass., and two years later became the first manager of the company's Dutch subsidiary. He then served as a district manager in Europe before becoming manager of the former southwest region in Europe from 1973 to 1978. Prior to his assignment in Hong Kong, he served as international sales manager for Digital's European operation, after five years as the European sales manager.
 A native of Bombay, India, Choonavala holds a B.S. degree in physics from Bombay University and an M.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Technischer Hochschule in Germany.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments.
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