OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois—February 4, 2008—ExteNet Systems, Inc. today announced that it has employed George A. Vinyard as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Vinyard has served as ExteNet Systems’ primary outside legal counsel since 2004 while employed by Reed Smith LLP and the predecessor of that firm’s Chicago office, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd.
“We are thrilled that George has joined the company as a full-time employee,” said Ross Manire, ExteNet chairman and chief executive officer. “He brings us extensive legal skills and experience from more than 30 years as a business lawyer, including five years as general counsel of U.S. Robotics Corporation and associate general counsel of 3Com Corporation. His background includes public and private corporate finance, a wide range of business combinations and commercial transactions, as well as substantial experience in the areas of technology and intellectual property strategies, transactions and disputes.”
Vinyard will manage and oversee all aspects of ExteNet’s legal affairs, including state and federal regulatory matters.
Vinyard began his legal career in 1977 with the Chicago firm of Sachnoff, Schrager, Jones & Weaver, Ltd., which later became Sachnoff & Weaver and then in 2007, combined with Reed Smith LLP. From 1994 through 1997, he served as vice president and general counsel of U.S. Robotics. Following that company’s merger with 3Com in 1997, he became its associate general counsel and vice president for intellectual property. He returned to Sachnoff & Weaver in 1999 and the following year became head of the firm’s Intellectual Property, Technology and Internet practice, a position he held until 2005.
Vinyard serves as chairman of the board of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago, and is president of the Board of Trustees of Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and earned his B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University.