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Patton Engages Peter Burkhalter to Lead Business Development In Expanding European Technology Market

Amid forecasted growth in Europe’s technology market, Patton commissions former Nortel and IBM executive to address IP-technology needs of carriers and large enterprises.

Peter Burkhalter, Vice President of Business Development for Western Europe, Patton Electronics Co.

“European carriers and enterprises are facing a connectivity gap... Patton is well-positioned to support the growing IP-technology market.

Peter Burkhalter
VP Business Development for Western Europe
Patton Electronics Co.
NIEDERWANGEN: Patton-Inalp Networks (Switzerland), together with Patton Electronics (USA)—US-manufacturer of award-winning SmartNode™ VoIP solutions, CopperLink™ Ethernet Extenders, and BODI rS™ High Availability Fixed & Mobile Routers—has engaged former Nortel and IBM executive Peter Burkhalter to lead Business Development efforts in Western Europe.

Burkhalter’s appointment comes amid forecasted growth in the global session border controller market—Patton’s core business—at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6% from 2012 through 2016.

Meanwhile, optimistic expectations for growth in the region’s overall economy were recently nourished by news of the greatest weekly advance since 2011 in the European stock market.

“European carriers and enterprises are facing a connectivity gap,” Burkhalter observes, “stemming from the ongoing transformation to all-IP networks. Patton is well-positioned to support the growing IP-technology market with a new generation of products that address those companies’ true needs.”

In his role as Vice President of Business Development for Western Europe, Patton has commissioned Mr. Burkhalter to address key accounts with a specific focus on incumbent carriers and large enterprises.

“We are very pleased to welcome Peter to Patton’s leadership team,” said Ramon Felder, President and CEO of Patton-Inalp. “He brings a proven track record of success with other world leaders in the communications-technology space.”

Spanning 25 years of experience in information-technology and telecommunications markets, Mr. Burkhalter’s resume includes product development, marketing management, and business-unit leadership with such organizations as Siemens, Ascom, Nortel and IBM.

Mr. Burkhalter holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and software engineering, as well as an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA).

Conducting business operations from Patton-Inalp headquarters in Bern, Switzerland, Mr. Burkhalter can be reached at and +41 31 985 25 21 and on LinkedIn.

In related news, Patton recently announced Swisscom has selected Patton's enterprise session border controller as customer-premise equipment for its new Business Connect SIP-Trunking phone service in Switzerland.

Media Contact:

Glendon Flowers
Patton Electronics
+1 301 975 1000 


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Patton is all about connections. It is our joy and mission to connect real-world customer challenges with high-quality, right-priced solutions—complemented by unrivaled customer service and technical support. Incorporated 1984, Patton has built everything from micro-sized widgets that connect "this-with-that," to carrier-grade Telecom gear that connects subscribers to service-providers. Patton's specialty is interconnecting legacy TDM and serial systems with new-generation IP-based voice, data, and multi-media technologies.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, USA, Patton equipment—including VoIP, Ethernet extension, and wireless router technologies—is up-and-running in carrier, enterprise and industrial networks worldwide. Patton works in connection with a growing network of technology, business, and sales-channel partners. To connect with local-market requirements, Patton operates training and support centers in Switzerland, Hungary, Lebanon, India and the USA.

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