SOURCE: Royal Numico NV

April 10, 2006 02:09 ET

Numico to nominate two new Supervisory Board members


Schiphol, 10 April 2006 - The Supervisory Board of Royal Numico N.V. nominates Ms. Ofra Strauss and Ms. Margaret Young as new members of the Supervisory Board.

The nominations are pending approval of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on 3 May 2006. Rob Zwartendijk, Chairman of Numico's Supervisory Board: "We are delighted to announce the nomination of these two highly qualified new members to our Supervisory Board. We have high expectations of their contribution to the company given their valuable skills and different experiences."

Ofra Strauss (46) is an entrepreneur and is currently chairperson of the Strauss Elite Group, the second largest Israeli food company, listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. She started her career at Estée Lauder in New York in 1987 and then joined the family-owned company in 1989 serving in various functions including Group CEO. Ofra Strauss has valuable international experience in the FMCG sector.

Margaret Young (51) is a chartered accountant and has spent a substantial part of her career in finance, most recently as managing director with Credit Suisse First Boston. She is currently an independent non-executive director and chairperson of the audit committee at Uniq plc. (since 1999) and an independent non-executive director of Cattles plc. (since 2006). Margaret Young brings extensive financial and managerial experience to the company.

The terms of office of Messrs Emiel van Veen and Rob Zwartendijk will expire at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 3 May 2006. Emiel van Veen will resign on that date and Rob Zwartendijk will be nominated for re-appointment for a new term of four years. Emiel van Veen has made a very valuable contribution to Numico during its period of transition, given his financial expertise and broad knowledge of the company as a former CFO of Numico. The re-appointment of Rob Zwartendijk will exceed best practice provision III.3.5. (maximum appointment of three terms of four years) of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code. A full explanation on the proposed changes to the Supervisory Board is provided for in the agenda and notes of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which are published today.

Royal Numico is a high-growth, high-margin specialised nutrition company with leading positions in Baby Food and Clinical Nutrition and brings products to the market under the brand names Nutricia, Milupa, Cow & Gate, Mellin and Dumex, among others. The company serves customers in over 100 countries and employs approx. 13,500 people (see also:

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