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 TORONTO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the recent announcement of two new operating groups, Jean C. Monty, president and chief executive officer of Northern Telecom Limited (NYSE: NT), today announced the appointment of Donald J. Schuenke as chairman of Northern Telecom Inc., the corporation's U.S. subsidiary based in Nashville, Tenn., effective Feb. 1, 1994.
 Mr. Schuenke has been a member of Northern Telecom Limited's board of directors since 1983. He was elected non-executive vice-chairman of the corporation in 1993.
 He was formerly chief executive officer of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company of Milwaukee, and remains chairman of the board until the end of this month. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance is the eighth-largest life insurance company in the United States with assets of more than US$42 billion.
 "We're very pleased to have a business leader of Don Schuenke's stature and experience to serve as chairman of our U.S. subsidiary," said Mr. Monty. "He is well known and respected in the United States not only for his leadership as a chief executive but also for his personal commitment to social responsibility and community service."
 Mr. Schuenke serves on a number of private and public boards. In 1990, he received the Community Service Award of the St. Francis Children's Centre for outstanding achievements as a leader in the Milwaukee community. He also received the 1990 Institute of Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. In 1991, he received the Outstanding Financial Executive Award from Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management. In 1992, he received the "Spirit of Milwaukee" Award from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Civic Alliance, and the "Alumnus of the Year" Award of Marquette University where he is the past chairman and remains a member of the board of trustees.
 Mr. Schuenke succeeds Roy Merrills as chairman of NTI. Mr. Merrills, who is also executive vice-president, marketing, Northern Telecom Limited, will retire from the corporation in March after a distinguished 36-year career. He has held a number of senior executive positions during his career, including chairman and president of NTI. He will continue to advise Mr. Monty on corporate marketing strategy until his retirement.
 Mr. Monty also announced the appointment of Gary R. Donahee as president of Northern Telecom Inc., and president of major accounts, Nortel North America. Mr. Donahee's current position is president, Northern Telecom Canada Limited, and, in addition to his new responsibilities, he will continue to be responsible for major accounts in Canada.
 Mr. Donahee succeeds Gerry J. Butters as president of NTI. Mr.

Butters left Northern Telecom to pursue opportunities outside the company. Prior to being named president of the Canadian marketing organization, Mr. Donahee, who joined Northern Telecom in 1974, held various executive positions within Bell-Northern Research, Northern Telecom Inc., and Northern Telecom Limited. He is a senior vice- president of the corporation. Mr. Donahee will report to John A. Roth, president, Nortel North America, one of the two new operating groups announced by Northern Telecom on Dec. 22. The second group is Nortel World Trade.
 The appointment of R. Thomas Tropea as vice-president, corporate communications, Northern Telecom Limited was also announced by Mr. Monty. Mr. Tropea was previously vice-president, investor relations. During his career with the corporation, Mr. Tropea has served in a number of senior positions in the company's North American and international operations. He will report to Mr. Monty.
 "In commenting on the role of Nortel North America, Mr. Monty said it is responsible for the in-country marketing organizations in Canada and the United States, for most product evolution strategy globally and is being organized on a product group basis.
 The Nortel North America product groups are switching networks, multimedia communication systems, transmission and components, and wireless systems. In addition two new units are being created; one to address broadband networks, the other network applications.
 The broadband networks product unit will address the emerging range of multimedia services for the home and for community networks. The network applications unit will develop innovative applications across Northern Telecom's product portfolio to add value to the utility and the functionality of networks.
 Nortel World Trade further integrates and focuses the corporation's international marketing and business activities in Europe, the Asia- Pacific region including the People's Republic of China and Japan, the Caribbean and Latin America, and its joint-ventures outside North America. It will be organized on a geographic basis.
 The integration of Northern Telecom's international activities into one operating group started early in 1993 in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and as of Jan. 1 includes Northern Telecom CALA, the corporation's marketing and sales organization serving Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
 Nortel World Trade will serve as the corporation's marketing and distribution arm outside Canada and the U.S. It has responsibility for focusing and expanding Northern Telecom's international presence.
 In making his Dec. 22 announcement, Mr. Monty said the purpose in forming the two operating groups was to "focus on the emerging growth opportunities in North America for broadband multimedia, personal communications, and advanced intelligent networks; and to leverage the company's strong North American leadership position to expand our global market share in selected international markets."
 At the time the two new groups were announced, Mr. Monty said a number of new executive appointments and changes would be made early in 1994 "as part of our program to evolve the senior management team to lead the corporation into its next era of growth and development.
 Along with the three appointments Mr. Monty announced today, Mr. Roth, the president of Nortel North America, announced the following executive appointments:
 -- David A. Twyver, president, wireless systems. He was
 previously group vice-president, wireless systems. Mr. Twyver
 reports to Mr. Roth.
 -- C. Michael Ennis, group vice-president, manufacturing and
 operations, multimedia communication systems. He was
 previously vice-president and general manager, switching
 products. He reports to Richard P. Faletti, president,
 multimedia communication systems.
 -- R.M.G. (Mike) Frame, vice-president, broadband networks. He
 was previously regional marketing vice-president, MCI,
 Northern Telecom Inc. Mr. Frame reports to Mr. Roth.
 -- Serge Fournier, vice-president, network applications. He was
 previously vice-president, BNR Montreal, Bell-Northern
 Research Limited. He reports to Mr. Roth.
 "We're pleased we are able to move forward with these executive appointments early in the New Year because the Nortel North America organization can now focus on bolstering its leadership position," said Mr. Roth, who reports to Mr. Monty both as president of the new organization and as an executive vice-president of Northern Telecom Limited.
 James R. Long, the president of Nortel World Trade, also reports to Mr. Monty. Mr. Long is also an executive vice-president of Northern Telecom Limited.
 "The announcements and appointments we've made in recent weeks will prepare Northern Telecom to capitalize on the new growth opportunities we see in the industry," said Mr. Monty. "While 1993 was a tough year, I believe that in many areas of the business we've turned the corner, especially when it comes to product orientation and product development."
 Northern Telecom is a leading global manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, providing products and services to communications companies, corporations, governments, universities, and other institutions worldwide. Among its major products are its DMS digital switching systems; Meridian private branch exchanges (PBXs) and Norstar key systems; multimedia communications solutions, including the Magellan family of asynchronous transfer mode-based products (ATM); cellular switching; radio systems; the Companion family of wireless business communications systems; and a complete range of optical fiber transmission and cable products, including OC-48 transmission equipment.
 Bell-Northern Research (BNR), Northern Telecom's research and development subsidiary, operates facilities in five countries and is a world leader in designing and developing advanced telecommunications systems.
 Northern Telecom had 1992 revenues of US$8.41 billion and has approximately 60,000 employees worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: John Strimas of Northern Telecom Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, 905-566-3138; or Robert J. O'Brien of Northern Telecom Limited, McLean, Va., 703-712-8526/

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