Natural Convergence Inc.

Patrick%20Smith.jpgappoints Patrick Smith (left) as its new chairman and CEO, and names Bill Crank EVP of sales, marketing and business development. Mr. Smith has spent more than 24 years in the telecommunications industry, holding senior management positions at Sprint and serving as CTO at Comdisco and SHL Systemhouse Inc. Mr. Smith currently sits on the executive board, as executive chairman, at Wavesat and is a director of Gridpoint. He previously represented Sprint US on the Sprint Canada executive board for four years. Mr. Smith owns a 900-acre sheep farm with 2,300 ewes producing 7,000 lambs per year. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Waterloo and a masters in computer science from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Crank was formerly VP of sales at Ubiquity and, earlier, Jetstream. He was also EVP of CI Wireless Inc., president of Wireless Systems Consulting Inc. and held senior leadership roles at Ortel Corporation. A father of five, his hobbies include coaching his kids various sports teams, jogging, basketball and golf. He also spends his time helping small entrepreneurial companies get started or grow to the next level. Mr. Crank has a BBA (marketing) from Western Connecticut State University where he also played varsity football.

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