Former JDS Uniphase President Joins NovaSol

NovaSol elected Mr. Charles J. Abbe to its board of directors by unanimous vote on Thursday, December 6, 2001.

Mr. Abbe brings his considerable corporate business and commercial production experience and expertise to bear as he joins the board. Retired as president, COO and director of JDS Uniphase Corporation (Nasdaq: JDSU) in June of this year, Mr. Abbe has held similar positions as president and CEO at OCLI, Santa Rosa, CA, vice president at Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, CA, and McKinsey & Comapany, Inc., San Francisco, CA, where he developed business strategies for a wide range of technology and natural resource-based businesses in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Abbe spent four years with the United States Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in Edwards, CA. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from Stanford University.

Other boardships include CoSine Communications, Inc., TrueTime, Inc., Vitalink Corporation, Network General Corporation, and Nova Crystals, Inc., a pre-IPO optical components company. He is active in several civic and philanthropic organizations. He and his wife reside in Healdsburg, CA.

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