Salim Bhatia is the new chairman and chief executive officer of Trinity Convergence.

Trinity, a startup focused on the emerging voice over Internet Protocol field, recently closed on $4.5 million in venture financing. At that time, Trinity’s co-founder and former CEO Jeff Critser said the company was seeking a CEO.

Bhatia, who formerly headed Broadband Technologies and MindLever, assumes the new position immediately.

“The transition to packet telephony is happening,” Bhatia said in a statement issued this morning. “To be successful, OEMs can’t depend on legacy piecemeal approaches of sourcing and integrating software components themselves. Trinity Convergence’s engineers have created the most comprehensive and integrated VoIP enabling software, allowing OEMs to eliminate potentially years in development time and millions of dollars in cost. As VoIP proliferates in enterprise and carrier networks, Trinity is poised to emerge as the market leader and standards bearer.”

Critser says he wants to focus on business development. His new title is executive vice president for business development.

According to Frost & Sullivan, a market research firm, the VoIP market will hit $36 billion by 2005, up from $5.4 billion in 2002.

True to its name, Trinity Convergence is all about integrating voice, date and video networks. Its lead product is software called VeriCall.

Investors include Intersouth Partners, Core Capital Partners and Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds.

Bhatia holds a Master’s degree in business from Harvard and a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University College London, England.

Trinity Convergence: www.trinityconvergence.com