November 19, 1996 in Nation/World

Packet Engines Adds High-Powered Talent Local High Tech Start-Up Company Draws Staff Members From Major Corporations

Michael Murphey Staff writer

Packet Engines Inc. has added more high-powered names from the computer networking industry to its staff as it tries to break new technological ground.

The Spokane-based company develops intellectual property and products related to gigabit Ethernet applications. The company’s products are used in computer network links that are capable of processing 1 billion bits of information per second.

Bernard Daines, the company’s president and chief executive officer, founded Packet Engines in 1994. What started as a three-person operation will grow to a staff of about 50 by the end of the year.

Monday, Daines announced that the staff now includes Paramjeet Singh, director of software; David Roth, director of application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) development; Vito Minetti, director of international systems sales; and Lee Runion, director of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales.

Daines also reported that a leading industry consultant, Howard W. Johnson, will assist Packet Engines in a variety of areas.

Johnson, according to Daines, is widely regarded within the industry as a system developer, key architect, product inventor, consultant and author. He is president of Signal Consulting, Inc., of Redmond.

Johnson will represent Packet Engines within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE is an international body that establishes standards for the application of emerging technologies. Johnson said he also will be involved in all aspects of Packet Engines’ high speed networking developments.

Before coming to Packet Engines, Singh worked for several major networking companies, including Chipcom, 3Com and Bay Networks in the Silicon Valley.

Roth joins the company from NexGen in Milpitas, Calif. He will head Packet Engines development of “designer microchips,” which are produced to customer specifications.

Minetti previously served as national account manager at 3Com Corp. with sales responsibilities for major worldwide accounts, including Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, BCS and ICL.

Runion previously served as director of sales for the Northwest and Canada for Advanced Telecommunications Modules Ltd.

“The strategic and technical strength of Packet Engines is greatly enhanced by the addition of these new staff members to our team,” Daines said.

Earlier this fall, Microsoft Corp. North American controller Pete Price became Packet Engines’ controller and director of finance; Intel Corp. senior attorney Barbara Fiske became the company’s general counsel and vice president of administration; and Octavio Morales, Symbios Logic product development manager, became Packet Engines’ director of product management.

, DataTimes

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