The Andrew Corporation board of directors has elected Gerald A. Poch as non-executive chairman, following the retirement of former chairman and long-time executive Charles R. Nicholas.

Gerald A. Poch, new Andrew Corporation non-executive chairman (Photo: Business Wire)

Gerald A. Poch, new Andrew Corporation non-executive chairman (Photo: Business Wire)

Poch, 59, has been an independent director on Andrews board since 2002. He was elected at todays board meeting, which followed the conclusion of Andrews 59th annual meeting of shareholders. Nicholas, the outgoing chairman, did not seek reelection to the board.

Nine current Andrew directors, including Poch, were elected by shareholders to one-year terms on the Andrew board: William L. Bax, Thomas A. Donahoe, Ralph E. Faison, Jere D. Fluno, William O. Hunt, Anne F. Pollack, Glen O. Toney, and Andrea L. Zopp. All directors except for Faison, who is Andrews president and chief executive officer, qualify as independent directors in accordance with NASDAQ listing requirements.

Poch has been a managing director of Pequot Capital Management Inc. and a senior managing general partner of the Pequot Capital Management Venture and Private Equity Funds since 1998. He previously served as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of GE Capital Information Technology Solutions and its predecessor company, AmeriData Technologies Inc., a value-added reseller, systems integrator, and consulting firm for computer hardware and software systems. He also serves as a director of Analex Corp., MTM Technologies Inc., and numerous private companies.

Nicholas, 60, joined Andrew as treasurer in 1980 and was named vice president of finance in 1982, chief financial officer in 1986, and executive vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer in 1995. He served as an Andrew director and vice chairman from 2000 until 2004, when he became chairman of the board.

For more than 25 years, Chuck has been a respected and prominent leader of our company, said Faison. He was instrumental in guiding Andrew to its current stature as the industrys leading provider of radio frequency products and solutions. All of us at Andrew extend our appreciation to Chuck and wish him all the best in his retirement.

Materials distributed to attendees of the annual meeting, as well as other relevant materials, are available in the investor relations section of the companys web site,

About Andrew Corporation

Andrew Corporation (NASDAQ: ANDW) designs, manufactures, and delivers innovative and essential equipment and solutions for the global communications infrastructure market. The company serves operators and equipment manufacturers from facilities in 35 countries. Andrew (, headquartered in Westchester, IL, is an S&P MidCap 400 company founded in 1937.

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