Debbie Martin-Law
Centillium Communications, Inc.
(510) 771-3595
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Company Names Tony Shakib Vice President, General Manager of Access and Networking Business Units

FREMONT, Calif., April 16, 2003 -

Centillium Communications (Nasdaq: CTLM), innovator of broadband access technology today announced the appointment of Tony Shakib to the position of Vice President and General Manager of Access and Networking Business Units.

Shakib brings to Centillium more than 18 years of operations and management experience leading innovative and technical organizations. Shakib’s proven motivational, strategic and leadership strengths make him a key member of Centillium’s executive team.

“Centillium is at an exciting time as the company continues its leadership in the rapidly growing broadband market,” said Faraj Aalaei, CEO of Centillium. “Tony brings to Centillium the optimal combination of operational leadership and engineering expertise that will help us to capitalize on our strategic position as a leading provider of DSL chipset solutions worldwide. We are pleased to welcome him on board.”

Prior to joining Centillium, Shakib was President & CEO of AOptix Technologies, where he managed the development of an all-optical Free Space Optical communications system. Before AOptix, Shakib spent sixteen years with Nortel Networks, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of Nortel Networks’s Broadband Access Unit. Other positions held at Nortel Networks include CTO, VP of technology and VP of business development for the Access business unit.

“In all of my experience in the broadband access market, I have rarely seen as innovative a company as Centillium,” said Mr. Shakib. “This company is poised to change the face of the broadband access market with such exciting technology as eXtremeDSLMAX, Palladia and Entropia, and I look forward to helping us deliver on the promise of broadband worldwide.”

Shakib attended McMaster & Brock Universities, graduating with Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with honors in Mathematics.

About Centillium Communications
Centillium Communications, Inc. combines technical innovation and customer commitment to make broadband communications – in business and at home – a practical reality. The Company designs and markets communications chipsets for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) central office and customer premises equipment and for carrier- and enterprise-class Voice over Packet (VoP) gateways and switches. The Centillium Communications headquarters are located at 47211 Lakeview Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538. Additional information is available at

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