Esker appoints Marie-Claude Bernal as President of the Supervisory Board, former partner with Wellington Management
Beauvillain, former executive of Hewlett Packard Europe, is appointed
Vice-President of the Board
Lyon, France, June 19, 2001 -During the Esker Supervisory Board meeting held on June 18, 2001, at the company's headquarters in Lyon, France, Marie-Claude Bernal was appointed President of the Board and Kléber Beauvillain as Vice-president.
Marie-Claude Bernal graduated from the HECJF School of Management in 1967, and later received her MBA from the University of Chicago in 1971. She then joined the Banque de Neuflize, where she became one of the first women in France to manage a mutual fund. In 1977, she joined Wellington Management in Boston, one of America's oldest and largest independent investment management firms with over $300 billion of managed assets, where she helped initiate and grow the international investment department, becoming a partner in 1994.
of the Esker Supervisory Board since December 2000, Marie-Claude Bernal
is also a member of the Board of Directors of ILOG S.A., a French Software
Editor listed on the Nasdaq and the Nouveau Marché. Choosing an
independent person to manage the Supervisory Board shows Esker's commitment
to promote international standards of ethical corporate governance by
separating company management and shareholders' control. The appointment
of Kléber Beauvillain as Vice-President of the Supervisory Board,
reinforces this policy. Former Chief Executive Officer and President of
Supervisory Board of Hewlett-Packard Europe, Kléber Beauvillain
serves on several public companies' boards such as Ares and Alpha Mos,
both listed on the French stockmarket. Kleber is also co-founder of the
French venture fund Lafayette. This new team benefits from both a technological
and financial background with the international experience that Esker's
The company was founded in 1985 and is traded on the French Stock Exchange (Le Nouveau Marché: 3581). In 2000, it reported sales of 27.4 million Euros (about $25.9 million). In September 2000, Esker finalized an agreement to acquire VSI, a California-based developer of fax server solutions. Esker's operations span North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific with about 300 employees and an installed base of two million licensed users worldwide. For more information, visit: http://www.esker.com.
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