PTGi’s Ravi Bhatia Retires as CEO of Primus Australia

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (“PTGi”), a global facilities-based integrated provider of advanced telecommunications products and services, announced today that it has named Richard Baumfield acting head of its Australian operations[1] (“Primus Australia”) effective July 13.  Mr. Baumfield, who will also serve on Primus Australia’s board of directors, temporarily takes over from Ravi Bhatia, Managing Director and CEO, who is retiring to pursue other professional interests and will continue to work with Primus Australia as an advisor.  PTGi expects to appoint a permanent head of Primus Australia by the end of the third quarter.

Peter D. Aquino, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “Ravi Bhatia is a pioneer and highly respected executive in the Australian telecommunications market. Through skillful leadership, and innovation, he has been the driving force behind building this unit into one of the country’s largest full-service voice and data carriers with an established national brand.  The board joins me in expressing appreciation to Ravi for his years of dedication and exceptional leadership, and looks forward to his continued contribution as we pursue our National Broadband Network opportunity in mainland Australia.    We also thank Richard for agreeing to step in on an interim basis, and expect to name a permanent head of Primus Australia soon.”

About PTGi

 Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (“PTGi") is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including, traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.  PTGi is also one of the leading international wholesale service providers to fixed and mobile network operators worldwide. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centers located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil.   Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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[1] The main operating entities being Primus Telecommunications Pty Ltd and Primus Telecommunications (Australia) Pty