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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Names Jim Kelly Vice President of Engineering

Kelly to contribute extensive consumer electronics expertise to Kyocera management team

SAN DIEGO - Feb. 12, 2003 - Kyocera Wireless Corp., North America's leading manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones, has added Jim Kelly as vice president of engineering to oversee the company's Development Engineering Group. In this role he will be responsible for creation and development of new products worldwide. Current vice president of engineering Terry Lingren will continue to oversee the Technology Engineering Group, tasked with identifying and developing core technologies to be used across the company's future product lines.

With more than 17 years of experience in high-tech product engineering, Kelly joins Kyocera Wireless Corp. with a strong reputation as a successful technical and operational leader. Kelly most recently served as president and chief executive officer at Skydesk Inc. Prior to Skydesk, Kelly held a variety of management positions during an eight-year tenure at Iomega Corp., including president of the company's mobile storage division, senior vice president and chief technical officer.

"We could not have found a more highly qualified or respected individual than Jim Kelly to lead this company's engineering efforts," said Skip Speaks, president and chief executive officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "His proven track record as an innovator and manager in consumer-facing businesses meshes perfectly with this company's goal of designing a compelling line of high-quality, user-friendly and attractive wireless phones."

"Kyocera has a global reputation as a technology innovator - and Kyocera Wireless Corp., through its roots in Qualcomm's handset division, has an equally impressive reputation as a leader in CDMA wireless technology," said Kelly. "In accepting this position, my goal is to use my experience in consumer electronics to marry that technology leadership with an engineering philosophy that produces phones that are compelling to end users."

Kelly earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit

Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled US$7.78 billion (JP¥ 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JP¥ 31,953 million).

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John Chier, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone 1-(858) 882-3543

Kim Coutts, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera
phone: 1-(619) 235-9995