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Wolters Kluwer North America Names Kim Becker To New Post Of VP, Communications

New York, NY - May 21, 2002 -- Wolters Kluwer North America announced today the appointment of Kim Becker to the newly-created position of Vice President, Communications, for the publishing and professional services company’s North American business units, Legal, Tax and Business North America (LTBNA). Today’s announcement was made by Nancy McKinstry, CEO of LTBNA and Executive Board Member of the Wolters Kluwer nv corporation. Wolters Kluwer was recently recognized by Forbes Magazine’s coveted global "Best Big Companies" business survey as the world’s leading global media organization1.

Ms. Becker will report directly to Ms. McKinstry. She comes to Wolters Kluwer from Bravo Networks, where she served as Vice President, Public Relations for the business’ popular cable networks, Bravo and The Independent Film Channel (IFC).

"Kim’s broad expertise in media business communications will augment the activities within our multiple U.S. businesses," noted McKinstry. She added, "The formation of this key new organizational role will bring us one step closer to achieving communication synergy amongst our many businesses and our expanding position in the U. S. marketplace."

Ms. Becker joined Bravo Networks in 1997 and held several positions of increasing responsibility during her seven-year tenure. Prior to joining Bravo Networks, Ms. Becker served as Manager, Public Relations in the corporate headquarters of Barnes & Noble, Inc. She has also worked as a Senior Account Supervisor at Dan Klores Associates.

During her tenure at Bravo, Ms. Becker was selected as a fellow of the cable industry’s prestigious 2000-01 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Additionally, while at Bravo, she completed the inaugural Graduate Media Management Program at New York’s New School. Ms. Becker holds a B.A. in Dramatic Literature, Theater History and Cinema from New York University. Ms. Becker will be based out of the company’s corporate offices in New York City.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer North America, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of Wolters Kluwer nv, Amsterdam. It is comprised of a number of highly respected legal, tax and business information, software and service companies, including Aspen Publishers, Inc., New York City/Gaithersburg, Md.; CCH Canadian, Toronto; CCH INCORPORATED, Riverwoods, Ill.; CCH Legal Information Services, New York City; and CCH Tax Compliance, Torrance, Calif.

Wolters Kluwer nv ( is a multinational information services company with annual sales of more than EUR 3.5 billion, employing approximately 19,000 people in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company's core activities are legal, tax, business, health, science, and education information. Wolters Kluwer shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam.

"The World’s Best Companies," Forbes Global and, April 2002.

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