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July 02, 2009

NTT America Announces Appointment of Global IP Network Vice President

Mr. Michael Wheeler to Lead Global IP Network Business Unit

New York, NY – NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and a Tier-1 global IP network services provider, today announced the appointment of Michael Wheeler as the company’s vice president of the Global IP Network Business Unit. Mr. Wheeler will succeed Kazuhiro Gomi who was recently named COO of NTT America. In his new role, Mr. Wheeler will be responsible for leading the Global IP Network Business Unit for NTT America, including all facets of finance, engineering and customer relations.

Most recently, Mr. Wheeler was the vice president of Sales and Business Development for the Global IP Network Business Unit. Mr. Wheeler has 15 years of sales management and business development experience in the Internet and Data Communications industries.

“I look forward to leading a group that, during the last few years, has made such significant gains,” said Wheeler. “In 2008, NTT America saw more than 700 percent growth in the purchase of our dual-stack bandwidth. In addition, our overall network has continued expanding at 70 percent annually and exceeded 1tbps of private peering.”

Mr. Wheeler transitioned to a leadership role at NTT America in 2005 when the Global IP Network business was migrated into NTT America from Verio, which was acquired by NTT Communications in August of 2000. Prior to joining NTT America, Mr. Wheeler was part of the original start up team with Verio, where he led several different sales organizations. Previously, he was a principal at StreamGroup where he was responsible for Strategic Alliance and Business Development for the firm’s consulting and business incubator practice, he also served in a senior management role with Expotel Corporation, and was a co-founder of Cyber Mortgage, which was acquired by IndyMac Bank.

In conjunction with Mr. Wheeler’s new appointment, Mr. Shuichi Ikeda has been appointed to vice president of Sales and Business Development for the Global IP Network Business Unit. In his new role, Mr. Ikeda is responsible for leading direct sales, account management, indirect channel, sales engineering, marketing, and business development activities. Most recently, Mr. Ikeda was the director of Business Development and Sales Strategy for the Arcstar™ Global Network Services Business Unit of NTT America, and has served in a number of marketing and management roles within NTT Communications Corporation since joining the company in 1992.

About NTT America
NTT America is North America’s natural gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, with strong capabilities in the U.S. market. NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT America provides world-class Enterprise Hosting, managed network, and IP networking services for enterprise customers and service providers worldwide. For additional information on NTT America, visit us on the Web at

U.S. product information regarding the NTT Communications Global IP Network and its award winning IPv6 transit services may be found at, by calling 877-8NTT-NET (868-8638), or by emailing

About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services; its expertise in managed networks; and its leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications’ extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America, and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit

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NTT America Contact:
Christopher Davis
NTT America
(214) 915-1354

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