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 CHICAGO, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- General Instrument Corporation (NYSE: GIC) today announced that it has strengthened its management team with the addition of two senior executives and an internal promotion.
 J.A. "Gus" Blanchard III has been named Executive Vice President, a new position in which he will focus on corporate development activities, including technology, joint ventures and alliances, and new market initiatives. Blanchard, 51, is a 25-year veteran of AT&T, as well as a successful executive in the financial services industry.
 Charles T. Dickson has been named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Dickson, 39, was a senior financial executive at MCI Communications Corporation. He replaces Richard S. Friedland, who had remained CFO on an interim basis after becoming General Instrument's President and Chief Operating Officer late last year.
 Paul J. Berzenski has been promoted to Controller from Assistant Controller, reporting to Dickson. Berzenski, 41, has held various financial and accounting positions at General Instrument since 1974. In his new position, he also replaces Friedland, who had been Controller as well as CFO.
 "These moves will strengthen GI and help us take full advantage of our numerous strategic opportunities, while enhancing our financial organization," said Daniel F. Akerson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Gus Blanchard is a broad-gauge technology executive, and Charlie Dickson is a solid financial manager. Both will be real assets to GI, as the company continues to grow in size and complexity."
 Most recently, after taking early retirement from AT&T in 1991, Blanchard spent two years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harbridge Merchant Services, a fast-growing $150 million credit card processor. At AT&T, he was Senior Vice President and head of its 20,000-person national business sales force from 1989 to 1991. From 1986 to 1989, he was Group Vice President in charge of the $2.9 billion General Business Systems unit. From 1984 to 1985, he was Vice President, Customer Service, after serving from 1981 to 1983 as Regional Vice President responsible for customer service and equipment operations in 10 midwestern states.
 From 1969 to 1981, Blanchard held various middle management positions in sales, marketing, engineering, operations, and human resources. He joined AT&T in 1965, and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He received a B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1965, and an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.
 Dickson has spent 10 years at MCI Communications Corporation, most recently since 1992 as Vice President, Finance and Administration, of the $2.4 billion National Accounts Segment. From 1990 to 1992, he was Vice President, Finance and Administration, of the Eastern Division, which served business customers in New England and New York. From 1988 to 1990, he held a similar position with the Western Division in Denver. He was Director of Corporate Financial and Business Analysis from 1985 to 1988, after joining MCI in 1984 as senior manager of regulatory analysis. From 1979 to 1984, he was a consultant with ICF Incorporated and, in 1977, he was a consultant with the Federal Energy Administration. He received a B.A. degree from Clark University in 1976, and a Masters degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979.
 Berzenski has been Assistant Controller of General Instrument since 1991. From 1988 to 1990, he was Controller of the Distribution Systems unit of GI's Jerrold Communications Division. He joined GI in 1974, and has held a series of increasingly responsible accounting and financial positions. He received a B.B.A degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1974, and an M.B.A. degree from Western New England College in 1979.
 General Instrument Corporation is a world leader in broadband transmission, distribution and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications, as well as in discrete power rectifying components. GI has joined with the other all-digital proponents for the U.S. HDTV standard in a "Grand Alliance" that will share technology and potential future royalties.
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