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Tollgrade Appoints Thomas J. Kolb Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for driving operational excellence and growth of Tollgrade’s award-winning solutions in the Broadband and Smart Grid markets

RESTON, Va., April 24, 2013Tollgrade Communications, Inc., a global leader in providing service assurance solutions to the world’s largest utilities and telecommunications providers, announced today that Thomas J. Kolb has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position in Tollgrade. As COO, Kolb will continue to report to Ed Kennedy, President and CEO of Tollgrade and provide the strategic and operational leadership over all aspects of Tollgrade’s global Broadband and Smart Grid business units, including product development, supply chain, services, customer support, marketing and sales. In this capacity, Tom will be responsible for ensuring operational excellence across the company while continuing to drive market leadership for Tollgrade’s best-in-class service assurance solutions to  the world’s leading utilities and broadband service providers.

“Tom has had an impressive career with more than 20 years of experience delivering operations and supply chain management best practices at global high tech companies. He is uniquely qualified to drive operational excellence company-wide as we expand our presence and solution portfolios in the smart grid  and broadband markets,” said Ed Kennedy, President and CEO, Tollgrade Communications, Inc. “I have tremendous confidence in Tom’s ability to strengthen all aspects of our business as we continue to grow and expand.”

“This is an exciting time for Tollgrade as we introduce our next generation of products and services across our Broadband and Smart Grid solutions business,” said Tom Kolb, COO Tollgrade. “I look forward to expanding my contributions in helping lead the company and ensuring we continue to provide best-in-class products, services and support to our growing list of marquee customers.”

Kolb joined Tollgrade in 2008 as Director of Operations Strategy and prior to appointment as COO, he held the position of Vice President of Operations. Before Tollgrade, he held several management positions at industry leading high-tech companies including Ericsson, Marconi and Fore Systems. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing/Operations Management from Duquesne University.

About Tollgrade

With a global footprint and over 25 years of experience providing cutting-edge service assurance solutions, Tollgrade Communications, Inc., has built a reputation for improving the reliability and operational efficiency at the world’s largest utilities and broadband service providers, allowing operators to reduce customer downtime and recover lost revenue. Named one of the Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013, Tollgrade is part of the Golden Gate Capital portfolio – a San Francisco‐based private equity firm with more than $12 billion of capital under their management. Learn more about the company at

For more information Contact:

Cathy Clarke
CNC Associates
+1 617-527-2089 (mobile)

Kimberly M. Getgen
Director, Smart Grid Technical Marketing
Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
+1 703-408-1571 (mobile)