Esker appoints Marie-Claude Bernal as President of the Supervisory Board, former partner with Wellington Management

Kléber 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.

Guest member 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 markets require.

These appointments have taken place as a result of the foreseen departure of Benoît Borrits, previous President of the Supervisory Board. During the last General Meeting, Benoît Borrits stated his wish to concentrate solely on new activities, while at the same time remaining a major Esker shareholder. Benoît Borrits also expressed thanks to the Esker Team for their work and commitment to the company since its creation, while expressing total confidence in the management and current strategy headed by the Company CEO, Jean Michel Bérard.

About Esker Software
Esker Software solutions enable intelligent access to and delivery of core business information from any data source, in any format, to any recipient. Organizations use Esker software to streamline information exchange, open new channels of communication, and achieve business objectives with new levels of speed and efficiency. Esker extends the reach of information technologies and shortens the distance between people and information. The company's products include:

  • Faxgate® and Pulse™ for Intelligent Information Delivery
  • SmarTerm®, Tun® Plus, Persona®, Corridor for Active Server, and Corridor Wireless for host access

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:


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