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  • rotax785 rotax785 Jan 24, 2000 8:38 AM Flag

    hmmmmmm.........take a look

    Tera Computer Company Elects Dean D. Thornton to
    Its Board of Directors; Former Boeing Senior
    Executive Adds Management, Financial Depth

    SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 24, 2000--Tera Computer Company
    (Nasdaq NM: TERA), a leading designer of high-performance
    computer systems, today announced that its board of
    directors has elected Dean D. Thornton a member of the

    Thornton becomes the ninth member of
    Tera's board of directors.

    Thornton, 71, held a
    number of key managerial and executive positions at The
    Boeing Company over a 30-year career. He served as
    President of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group -- Boeing's
    largest operating division -- from 1985 until his
    retirement in 1994. During that time he also served as an
    executive vice president of The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA)
    and a member of its executive council.

    Commenting on his appointment to the Tera Board, Thornton
    said, "I believe Tera's advanced multithreaded
    architecture is the future of high performance computing, and
    that future has arrived. This marketplace has waited
    too long for a next-generation technology, and I am
    excited to be participating in the commercialization of
    the Tera MTA."

    Jim Rottsolk, Tera President
    and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Dean served as a
    financial and executive officer with one of our country's
    leading industrial companies. He has an outstanding
    record of bringing advanced technology products to
    market, and a reputation for excellence and
    professionalism. We are delighted to have Dean Thornton join our

    About Dean D. Thornton

    Dean D.
    Thornton served as President of Boeing Commercial Airplane
    Group from February 1985 until his retirement in
    January 1994. He was also an executive vice president of
    The Boeing Company and a member of its executive

    Thornton joined Boeing in 1963 as an
    assistant treasurer and was elected treasurer in 1966. He
    subsequently served in a variety of executive assignments,
    including vice president-finance, contracts and
    international operations for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
    and vice president-general manager of the 767
    Division during the period the advanced technology twinjet
    was developed and brought to market.

    Prior to
    joining Boeing, Thornton was a partner with the
    predecessor to Deloitte & Touche LLP.

    currently serves on the board of directors of Flow
    International (Nasdaq NM: FLOW), and previously served on the
    boards of Seafirst Corporation and Seattle-First
    National Bank and the Principal Financial Group of Des
    Moines, Iowa.

    His numerous community activities
    include United Way and membership on the boards of the
    YMCA of Seattle, Junior Achievement of Seattle and the
    Seattle/King County Municipal League. He was chairman of the
    Board of Trustees of the Seattle Art Museum, the
    Washington Council for International Trade and Seattle
    Alliance for Education, president of the Wings Club of New
    York and served on the board of the Pacific Science

    Thornton received his BS degree in
    business from the University of Idaho in 1952 and is a
    member of Phi Gamma Delta and the University of Idaho
    Hall of Fame.

    About Tera Computer Company

    Tera Computer Company designs, builds and sells high
    performance general-purpose parallel computer systems. Tera
    believes its Multithreaded Architecture system represents
    the next wave in supercomputer technology because of
    its unique ability to provide high performance, broad
    applicability and ease of programming in a single system. For
    more information about Tera and its MTA systems,
    contact Tera at 411 First Avenue South, Suite 600,
    Seattle, WA 98104-2860. Phone: 206/701-2000. Fax:
    206/701-2500. E-mail:, or


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