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Elephant Talk Communications Hires HR Pro to Manage Worldwide Hiring Growth

SCHIPHOL, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - 06/02/11) - Elephant Talk Communications, Inc. (OTC.BB:ETAK - News) (www.elephanttalk.com), an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industries has announced the appointment of Willem Bekkema as Manager of Human Resources, effective June 1.As Manager of Human Resources, Mr. Bekkema will oversee all human resources functions within the Elephant Talk Group and will be in charge of the development and execution of an international human resources management strategy to fit the growth ambitions of Elephant Talk Group.Steven van der Velden, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Elephant Talk, said, "With over 15 years of experience, Willem Bekkema has proven to be a seasoned international HR leader who is effective at building a worldwide workforce for growth companies. We look forward to working with him on growing our staff to match our plans for expansion into additional markets around the globe."Mr. Bekkema said, "This is truly an exciting time to be entering the international telecom and financial services industries with Elephant Talk, a company with aggressive plans for growth throughout the world. I look forward to contributing to the company's continued success."Prior to joining Elephant Talk, Mr. Bekkema served as the Global Manager of Human Resources for Atradius Collections, a branch of the credit insurer Atradius. In this position, he provided HR management to a global leader in business-to-business debt collections with 20 offices in Europe, the Americas, Oceania and Asia, covering 220 countries. For driving the company's human resources agenda to fit its new international plans, he was awarded a Star Performance Award by Atradius.Earlier in his career, Mr. Bekkema served in various senior HR positions for Arcadis, PA Consulting Group, and TomTom International. As Global Manager Human Resources for TomTom, Mr. Bekkema was key in growing the company worldwide, staffing new branches in Europe, Asia and Oceania.Mr. Bekkema holds a Business Law Bachelor degree from the Hanze University Groningen and a Masters degree in Organisation and Management Sociology from the University of Amsterdam.About Elephant Talk CommunicationsElephant Talk Communications, Inc. (OTC.BB:ETAK - News) is an international provider of business software and services to the telecommunications and financial services industry. The company enables both mobile carriers and virtual operators to offer a full suite of products, delivery platforms, support services, superior industry expertise and high quality customer service without substantial upfront investments from clients. Elephant Talk provides global telecommunication companies, mobile network operators, banks, supermarkets, consumer product companies, media firms, and other businesses a full suite of products and services that enables them to fully provide telecom services as part of their business offerings. The company offers various dynamic products that include remote health care, credit card fraud prevention, mobile internet ID security, multi-country discounted phone services, loyalty management services, and a whole range of other emerging customized mobile services. For more information, visit (www.elephanttalk.com).About ValidSoftValidSoft is a subsidiary of Elephant Talk Communications, Inc. (OTC.BB:ETAK - News), (www.elephanttalk.com) and is a market leader in providing solutions to counter electronic fraud relating to card, the internet, and telephone channels. ValidSoft's solutions are at the cutting edge of the market and are used to verify the authenticity of both parties to a transaction (Mutual Authentication), and the integrity of the transaction itself (Transaction Verification) for the mass market, in a highly cost effective and secure manner, yet easy to use and intuitive. For more information, please visit (www.validsoft.com).Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to the Company's plans and objectives, projections, expectations and intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's industry, management's beliefs and certain assumptions made by management. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because such statements involve risks and uncertainties, the actual results and performance of the Company may differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company also disclaims any obligation to update its view of any such risks or uncertainties or to announce publicly the result of any revisions to the forward-looking statements made here. 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