Telecom Executive Jerry Ou Named President and CEO

IRVING, TEXAS, July 6, 2011 – Matrix Telecom, a Dallas, Texas-based provider of telecom services, announced today Jerry Ou has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Matrix Telecom, Inc. and Americatel Corporation. A seasoned executive with more than 10 years experience working in the telecommunications field, Ou had been COO of Matrix Telecom since 2010. He succeeds former President and CEO Charles "Chuck" Taylor, Jr., who left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Ou immediately assumes operating responsibilities for all of the Matrix business units, which includes Matrix Business Technologies, Trinsic, Excel Telecommunications, and Americatel. He will continue to build on Matrix Telecom’s success in growing its wholesale and consumer business segments while streamlining operations and maximizing profitability for the group.

"The changing telecommunications landscape offers Matrix and Americatel even more opportunities to grow and expand our portfolio of products," said Ou. "I look forward to leading our companies in continuing to provide high value and reliable service for all our customers’ telecommunications requirements."

Ou was previously the COO of Excel Telecommunications. He joined the Matrix team after the acquisition of the Excel Telecommunications business from Comtel Telcom Assets LP in 2010. Ou previously served as president of Mercantel Communications LP and has been in telecommunications for over ten years. Prior to Mercantel, Ou worked as a Senior Consultant with Simplified Development, the technology provider for Mercantel, focusing primarily on the Asian-American customer base. Prior to Simplified, Ou was a financial analyst with a Goldman Sachs and worked with banks JP Morgan and the Bank of Tokyo. Ou graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Economics.

About Matrix Telecom, Inc.
Matrix Telecom, Inc. (, a Platinum Equity company, operating as Matrix Business Technologies, Excel Telecommunications and Trinsic, Powered by Matrix, is an integrated telecommunications provider serving carriers, switchless resellers, consumers and small and medium size businesses nationwide. Matrix is licensed as a facilities-based CLEC and Long Distance Provider in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. It has more than 400 employees with headquarters in Irving, TX and operations and Atmore, AL.

About Excel Telecommunications
Excel Telecommunications (, a Matrix Telecom brand, is a leading, facilities-based provider of a rich suite of high quality, integrated voice and data communications products and services to residential, commercial and carrier customers.

The business offers a wide range of switched and dedicated voice and data services, including domestic and international direct-dial and dial-around long distance, toll-free, as well as carrier transport, and other value-added services, to commercial, carrier and residential customers.

The business owns and operates a robust, nationwide Class IV/V VoIP-FGD enabled network that forms a mesh of connectivity across major U.S. metropolitan markets and, through sister company Americatel, into Canada. Consisting of long haul fiber paths, numerous routers, servers and switching equipment, the network provides on-net coverage of virtually every U.S. LATA. The business also maintains interconnect agreements with more than 300 carriers.

About Americatel
Americatel, a Matrix sister company owned by Platinum Equity ( has been the leading provider of telecommunications services to carriers and next generation network providers as well as ethnic consumers and businesses in the United States and Canada. Americatel services connect world-wide communities through a flexible network with over 150 direct international termination agreements, and resale arrangements. Americatel’s technology assets include an extensive network of IP gateways, international gateways, and switches. Americatel directly services consumers in North America through its Americatel, Startec ( and ZERO11 wireless ( brands.

About Platinum Equity
Platinum Equity (, a global M&A&O® firm specializes in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metals services, manufacturing and distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 120 acquisitions.


Anna Porteus
Matrix Telecom, Inc.
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