Mentergy Announces Appointment of New Senior VP of Strategic Development – Bill Byron Concevitch

March 16, 2001

ATLANTA, Georgia — The U.S. subsidiary of Gilat Communications, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GICOF), Mentergy, Inc., a leading North American provider of enterprise e-Learning solutions, today announced that Bill Byron Concevitch has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. Mr. Concevitch, who has extensive experience in the training and e-Learning industry, will lead Mentergy’s strategic partnering efforts with training and technology leaders in order to benefit Mentergy customers worldwide.

Mr. Concevitch joins Mentergy after serving as Senior Vice President of Sales at Element K. For seven years prior to joining Element K, Mr. Concevitch held various key executive positions with ExecuTrain Corporation, including Vice President of Sales and Chief Learning Officer. During his time with ExecuTrain, Bill was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s Internet and web-delivered training strategies such as the ExecuTrain Virtual Classroom solution, which uses Mentergy’s LearnLinc, live e-learning software. Mr. Concevitch also led the ExecuTrain system through unprecedented eras of growth between 1993-1997. Prior to his tenure with ExecuTrain, Mr. Concevitch spent numerous years inside the Dale Carnegie Training organization, serving as Corporate Training Specialist and Director of Marketing in one of the institutes. He led his team to earning the coveted “President’s Award,” a status achieved by less than five percent of all of the worldwide Dale Carnegie Institutes.

Mr. Concevitch is regularly quoted on industry trends and opinions in leading industry publications, and appears on thought-leading panels at ITTA (Information Technology Training Association) and other industry-related events and shows. He is the creator of ‘Mindset Marketing: A Proven System To Sell to High-Level Decision Makers,’ and is the published author of “Increasing the Odds: Sales Is Not A Numbers Game.”

“Mr. Concevitch has the breadth and depth of industry experience that makes him unique in the e-Learning field,” said Ziv Mandl, CEO of Mentergy. “In his role as leader of our strategic development initiative, he will build a winning team among the best business and technology partners in order to boost the value of our relationships with customers. I am honored to entrust him with this vital role in Mentergy.”

“Mentergy is well positioned to take a leading role in the new learning revolution that is transforming corporate America and the education system, ” said Bill Byron Concevitch. “By bringing together three industry leaders in Allen Communication, LearnLinc and John Bryce, Mentergy provides an unprecedented center of excellence for truly blended learning solutions, supported by the services needed to insure the success of our clients. It is now our job to bring this value not only to our clients, but also to valued partners that can benefit from our expertise and experience.”

About Mentergy

Mentergy, Inc. is a Gilat Communications, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GICOF) e-Learning company that provides a comprehensive set of e-learning products, consulting and courseware development services for large enterprises through its LearnLinc and Allen Communication properties. With over 21 years of expertise in the learning industry, Mentergy assists businesses worldwide in making a cost-effective shift from traditional learning, with its inherent expense and loss of productivity, to a blended approach, which includes technology-based training solutions or “e-Learning.” Mentergy’s customers range from mid-size companies to Global 2000, including Aetna US Healthcare, WorldCom, Made2Manage, Citibank, Countrywide, Rockwell-Collins, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Intel and other industry leaders. For more information, visit

About Gilat Communications

Gilat Communications, Ltd. (NASDAQ:GICOF), is a global leader in learning using advanced, blended e-learning techniques and technologies. Gilat Communications formed Mentergy, its e-Learning operation, by merging Allen Communication, which has provided advanced courseware development services and technology-based authoring and design tools for almost 20 years to more than 60% of the Fortune 500, with LearnLinc Corporation, featuring live, collaborative Web-based training via the LearnLinc(R) virtual classroom, used by hundreds of organizations around the world and interactive distance learning (IDL) solutions worldwide. TrainNet™, Gilat’s comprehensive broadband IDL solution allows organizations to conduct instructor-led or self-paced sessions utilizing computers, telephone, Internet connections and broadband communications. John Bryce Training is Gilat’s European IT training and content company, and is one of the leading providers of IT training services in Europe and the Middle East.

About John Bryce Training

John Bryce Training is a leading IT training company in Israel and Europe and a fast-growing enterprise in this field since 1994. The company offers over 200 different programs and courses, each tailor-made to suit its clients’ rapidly changing needs. John Bryce trains IT professionals, managers, developers and infrastructure personnel in a wide range of subjects, and is an authorized training solution provider for companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Novell, and others.

Mentergy™ is a trademark and LearnLinc(R) is a registered trademark of Gilat Communications. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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Contact Information

Mentergy, Inc., Atlanta

Ziv Mandl, 770/612-9129

Gilat Communications Ltd., Tel-Aviv

Eytan Mucznik, (972) 3- 925-5094

Investor Relations: Ruder Finn, Inc., New York

Robert D. Ferris, 212/715-1573

Karen Sheppard, 212/593-5815