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IPv6 Forum Honors Three Recipients with its Internet Pioneer Award

San Diego, July 14, 2003 - The IPv6 Forum announced the
Jul 15, 2003

San Diego, July 14, 2003 - The IPv6 Forum announced the recipients of the IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneer Award and presented the awards to selected IPv6 Activists: Yanick Pouffary, Michael Brig and Patrick Grossetete, during the North American Global IPv6 Summit on June 24. The awards where presented by Jim Bound, Chairman of the North American IPv6 Task Force and Latif Ladid, President of the IPv6 Forum

"Yanick, Michael and Patrick symbolize the original spirit of the core team of the IPv6 Forum that made IPv6 happen today. They have driven the mission with dedication and tenacity becoming the prime pillars of the successful deployment of IPv6 around the world" said Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum president.

"The IPv6 Forum Pioneer Award is a recognition of significant achievement and hard work from individuals who excel in their efforts to support our mission of IPv6 deployment across the world geographies for a cause greater than their own self interests. Mike, Patrick, and Yanick have all met that requirement par excellence". Jim Bound Chair IPv6 Forum Technical Directorate and Chair North American IPv6 Task Force.

"I am very honored and humble to have received this very prestigious award. I believe IPv6 is a fundamental required technology to take us into the 21st century net-centric journey. As IPv6 is infrastructure the work of the IPv6 forum is crucial to enable awareness and knowledge" states Yanick Pouffary, Principal Member of Technical Staff and Networks Technical Director within the OSSG group at HP.

"Thank you for the honor and recognition of this award. Much difficult work lies behind us as evidence of our efforts defining IPv6 as the new Internet End-to-End (E2E) protocol, a successor to IPv4. I believe greater challenges and efforts will face us as we deploy IPv6 alongside IPv4 in an operational capability. I look forward to meeting these challenges in the future with the IPv6 community and specifically the IPv6forum and NAv6TF" states Michael Brig, Network architect with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

"I am proud to be a part of a team working on the IPv6 deployment that represents the next evolution of the Internet. Our collective work will help serve future generations of children that will grow up using the Internet. I would like to dedicate this award to the Cisco IOSĀ® software engineering team which has been involved in this development, and has provided great support to IPv6 early adopters." said Patrick Grossetete, Senior Product Manager, Cisco Systems.

About the IPv6 Forum Internet Pioneers:

Yanick Pouffary works at Hewlett Packard Corporation as Principal Member of Technical Staff. Yanick is the Networks Technical Director within the OSSG group. Yanick has been working on networking software products since 1985. Yanick is a member of the industry IPv6 Forum Technical Directorate. She participates in the IETF where her main focus is in IPv6 and transport areas. Yanick earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Nice, France and a M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Michael Brig is a network architect with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). He has worked with DISA, the US Navy, and other components and agencies of the Department of Defense (DoD) for the majority of his career. His current interests focus on IPv6 deployment, real-time communications, and Modeling and Simulation (M&S). Michael holds and advisory position with the NAv6TF and IPv6 Forum. Michael earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF) located in Orlando FL.

Patrick Grossetete, Senior Product Manager at Cisco Systems, is responsible for a suite of Cisco IOSĀ® software technologies including IPv6. He is a member of the IPv6 Forum Technical Directorate and manages Cisco's participation in the Forum. Patrick joined Cisco in 1994 as a consulting engineer. Patrick has more then 20 years experience in the networking industry, which includes the development of multiple protocols. He received a degree in computer technology from the Control Data Institute, Paris, France.

About the IPv6 Forum

The IPv6 Forum is a world-wide consortium of over 150 leading Internet service vendors, National Research & Education Networks (NRENs) and international ISPs, with a clear mission to promote IPv6 by improving market and user awareness, creating a quality and secure Next Generation Internet and allowing world-wide equitable access to knowledge and technology. The key focus of the IPv6 Forum today is to provide technical guidance for the deployment of IPv6. IPv6 Summits are organized by the IPv6 Forum and staged in various locations around the world to provide industry and market with the best available information on this rapidly advancing technology.

About the North American IPv6 Task Force

The North American IPv6 Task Force is an all-volunteer non-vendor/service/provider or other entity interest with the IPv6 mission of assisting the North American geography as sub task force of the IPv6 Forum for Deployment, Education, Awareness, Technical Analysis/Direction, Transition Analysis, Political/Business/Economic/Social analysis support, and other efforts as required. See for more information.