WORLDS INC. NAMES TELECOM EXEC
AS BOARD CHAIRMAN
Former WinStar Communications Vice Chairman/Co-Founder
Joins Internet Technology Company
Boston, April 13, 1999 - Worlds Inc. (OTC: WDDD), a leader in three dimensional (3D) Internet technology and content, today announced that it had named Steven G. Chrust, a long-time telecommunications executive and Wall Street analyst, as chairman.
The announcement, made by Worlds president Thomas Kidrin, signifies a major commitment on the part of Worlds to expand its business through mass distribution of its proprietary 3D Internet technology via CD and broadband channels.
"Steve's involvement brings to Worlds insight and high level business relationships developed over two decades in the telecommunications industry," said Kidrin. "We are now poised to rapidly deploy our 3D Internet technology in new business and broadband applications initially focusing on the record industry and other broadcast distribution channels, such as high speed Internet access via cable modem systems."
Chrust, most recently co-founder and vice chairman of WinStar Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: WCII), brings more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry to his new position at Worlds. He is also the former chairman of AMNEX, a provider of long distance of operator services, and former executive vice president of Executone Information Services, Inc.
Chrust, 49, has also been the director of technology research at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., where he was named one of the top telecommunications analysts for more than a decade by Institutional Investor and ranked number one in the sector for five consecutive years.
Worlds Inc., founded in 1994, is a pioneer in the development of three dimensional Internet technology and the creation of cutting edge 3D Internet virtual worlds for the recording, multi-media and entertainment industries. Worlds provides imbedded software and content on compact discs (CDs), allowing the personal computer (PC) user access to spatial environments by employing avatars (alter ego animated characters) for self representation on the Internet.
"The Worlds 3D technology has enormous potential," Chrust said. "I've spent a significant amount of time evaluating the market and Worlds' position. I believe, the company is also perfectly positioned for a broadband rollout over the next 12-24 months."
Kidrin added, "Steve spent five years at WinStar helping the company through its high growth, startup stages, leading corporate development, strategic and capital planning and acquisitions. His experience in those areas, coupled with our own expertise and technology, will provide us with the leadership we need for our next phase of development."
Chrust was also chairman of the Association for Local Telecommunications Services (ALTS), the national organization representing facilities-based competitive local exchange carriers. He is founder and chairman of SGC Advisory Services, Inc., an advisory and money-management service firm specializing in telecommunications and technology.
Michael J. Scharf, currently chairman of Worlds, will remain on the Company's board of directors.
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