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Brian Richardson named Divisional VP of Engineering at KYOCERA Wireless Corp.

Industry Veteran Joins Cheri de Lacy, New Divisional VP of Strategic Planning, and Eric Anderson, Vice President of CPG Sales, as Key Members of Management Team

San Diego, CA - (February 7, 2008) - Kyocera Wireless Corp. (KWC), a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, today announced that wireless industry veteran Brian Richardson has joined the company as divisional vice president of engineering for its newly created Consumer Products Group (CPG). Richardson brings to the company more than 20 years of experience with a wide variety of cellular companies, where he specialized in engineering and R&D, creating solutions for consumer and enterprise opportunities worldwide. Richardson joins two additional recent appointments to KWC's executive team; Cheri de Lacy was named divisional vice president of strategic planning, while Eric Anderson was promoted to vice president of CPG sales.

"Brian brings deep expertise and diverse experience to KWC and its management team and we welcome him," said Rod Lanthorne, president of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We are confident that, together with Cheri and Eric, these new leaders bring fresh perspectives and passion that will help KWC become a strong player in the dynamic wireless handset industry."

Richardson is tasked with overseeing KWC's program management, software engineering, hardware engineering, mechanical engineering, project engineering and accessories product development. Prior to Kyocera, Richardson was senior vice president of product development at GreatCall Inc.

As the CPG's newly appointed divisional vice president of strategic planning, de Lacy expands her responsibilities within KWC to include product planning, which comprises the group's product management, portfolio management, product planning, account product marketing, industrial design and user experience departments. She also leads the group's business development department, responsible for driving strategic initiatives with emerging technologies such as Near Field Communications (NFC), WiMAX and Wi-Fi/cellular convergence, among others.

Anderson, who becomes a corporate officer after joining KWC in 2005 as senior director of domestic sales, brings 20 years of experience to the management team from a variety of areas including sales, marketing and business development. Prior to KWC, Anderson held executive positions in the wireless industry at Superior Communications and Cellstar Corporation.

"Brian, Cheri and Eric help position KWC's Consumer Products Group to drive the convergence of telecommunication, broadband and multimedia technologies," said Dave Carey, vice president and general manager of CPG. "As a management team, we are committed to simultaneously pursuing innovative emerging technologies while offering today's customers a unique blend of feature sets and compelling designs."

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About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, Kyocera Wireless leverages Japan's history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. For more information, please visit

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), 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, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2007, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10.8 billion (JP¥1,283,897 million) with net income of approximately US$895 million (JP¥106,504 million).


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Kyocera Wireless Corp.
John Chier
phone: 1-858-882-3543
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