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Robert Rae Appointed President of Purple Communications


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Rocklin, Calif., - Purple Communications, Inc., the leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, has appointed Robert Rae as president. Rae brings 23 years of experience leading advanced technology companies in telecommunications, digital marketing and online education.  

"We continue to invest heavily in our expansion efforts, both in terms of technology development and human resources, and I am confident that Bob's expertise will continue to facilitate growth in all aspects of our service portfolio, including video relay service (VRS), video remote interpreting (VRI) and text relay and captioning service," said Chief Executive Officer John Ferron. "I am extremely pleased Bob has joined the Purple team and look forward to working with him." 

Prior to Purple, Rae was president and chief operating officer for Academic Partnerships, a global outsourcing provider in higher education. Under his leadership, the organization grew 300 percent by implementing processes that enabled rapid implementation of online degree programs. He has also served as chief information officer for Mosaic Sales Solutions, chief operating officer and executive vice president for Securus Technologies, and vice president of operations for EngineX Networks. Additionally, Rae has 12 granted patents, as well as several pending.

Rae's responsibilities include leading company executive oversight and management, day-to-day management and overall strategic initiatives.

"I started my career in advanced telecommunications, and I am impressed with how Purple Communications has continually improved the way deaf and hard-of-hearing people are able to communicate," said Rae. "I am looking forward to building on Purple's rich history of innovations, such as being the first VRS provider to make it possible for deaf individuals to use every day platforms like computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones for video relay services." 

"I am proud to be a part of such an innovative company and am excited to join the Purple family," added Rae. "I look forward to continuing their mission of providing millions of people with fast, easy and convenient communications access."






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