SOURCE: Broadgate Consultants, LLC

March 16, 2006 10:19 ET

Broadgate Consultants Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK CITY, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 16, 2006 -- Broadgate Consultants LLC, a leading strategic communications advisor, today announced that Alexander T. Leventhal has been appointed chief executive officer of the firm. He succeeds founder Thomas C. Franco, who has left to become a partner at one of Broadgate's longstanding clients, private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Mr. Franco will remain as Chairman Emeritus of Broadgate.

Mr. Leventhal has extensive experience in capital markets positioning, financial markets research and message development for mergers, acquisitions and financial restructurings and has represented private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on a range of issues, including fund raising, portfolio company reputation, LP relations, and value realization events.

Before joining Broadgate, Mr. Leventhal served in the President's Office of D.F. King & Co., Inc., advising on growth and acquisition strategies for the 64-year-old Wall Street firm, as well as counseling clients involved in contests for corporate control including Deutsche Börse (hostile bid for London Stock Exchange), Havas (creeping control takeover defense) and MONY Group (contested bid from AXA Financial). Earlier, Mr. Leventhal advised clients on business strategy and process redesign at Andersen Consulting.

Broadgate is an independent operating unit of D.F. King, an international shareholder communications, proxy solicitation and M&A advisory firm best known for its work on contests for corporate control in the United States and Europe.

"Over Broadgate's 19-year history, it has progressed from its roots as a small investor relations agency dedicated to non-U.S. clients, to a prominent, full-service strategic communications advisor to some of the world's leading corporations, private equity firms and their portfolio companies," said Mr. Leventhal.

"With full access to all of the resources that D.F. King has to offer, Broadgate has deep expertise and is well-positioned to meet a broad range of client needs: from senior-level counsel for transactions, special situations, financial media communications and capital markets positioning (both in the U.S. and Europe), to private equity fundraising support, large-scale event planning and LP relations. I look forward to building upon the creativity, professionalism and value exemplified by our people and their high standards of client service."

Mr. Leventhal graduated with honors from Union College, holds a law degree from Albany Law School and practiced M&A law at a leading New York firm. He is a member of several charitable and corporate advisory boards and is frequently quoted in diverse business and trade publications.

About Broadgate Consultants, LLC

Established in 1987, Broadgate Consultants, LLC provides strategic corporate and capital markets communications advisory and implementation services to public companies and private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Its clients include global public companies as well as private equity firms with assets under management ranging from $100 million to more than $5 billion. The firm is also recognized for its capital markets research and crisis communications services. More information about Broadgate can be found at www.broadgate.com.

About D.F. King & Co., Inc.

D.F. King is a leading, full-service proxy solicitation and corporate/financial communications firm, specializing in proxy contests and tender/exchange offers for corporate control. More information about D.F. King can be found at www.dfking.com.

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    Alan Oshiki
    Broadgate Consultants, LLC
    212-232-2222