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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Names Dave Whalen as Vice President of Global Sales

SAN DIEGO - Sept. 20, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. has named Dave Whalen its new vice president of global sales. Whalen brings to Kyocera Wireless Corp. a proven ability to lead sales organizations and more than 14 years of management experience in the wireless telecommunications industry.

Whalen most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Signalsoft/Openwave where he managed global sales, marketing and partnering initiatives. Prior to Signalsoft, Whalen served as the senior vice president of global sales and services at Wireless Knowledge Inc. Whalen also previously held executive management positions at Sony Wireless Telecommunications Company, Phillips Consumer Communications, JRC International, Los Angeles Cellular Telephone Company and Harris Corporation.

"Dave's strong credentials with both start-ups and industry leaders give him a skill set ideally suited to Kyocera Wireless Corp.'s place in this industry," said Skip Speaks, president and chief executive officer at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "In only two and a half years since Kyocera Wireless was founded, we have become the top CDMA manufacturer in North America. Dave will be counted on to build on this early success and help make Kyocera Wireless a world leader in the wireless industry."

Whalen earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology at Ithaca College, and, while serving in the U.S. Army, completed coursework toward a masters of business administration degree at Boston University's campus in Munich, Germany. He is a member of the board of advisors for Packet Video, a leading San Diego-based wireless technology startup; the board of directors for Whitehawk Partners, a wireless consulting company; and participates in several other corporate and charity advisory roles.

"I am honored by this unique opportunity and look forward to building upon the strong foundation that Kyocera Wireless has created," said Whalen. "By nurturing the strong relationships we enjoy with our carrier partners and developing compelling consumer electronic devices we will drive this company to even greater success."

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).

Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners

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

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