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​Reed Elsevier Announces Appointment of Strauss Zelnick as Non-Executive Director

03.31.05

Reed Elsevier announced today the appointment of Mr Strauss Zelnick to the Boards of Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV as a non-executive director, subject to shareholder approval at the respective Annual General Meetings on 27 and 28 April. He will also be appointed a non-executive director of Reed Elsevier Group plc.

Mr Zelnick, aged 47, founder of the New York based ZelnickMedia Corporation, has wide-ranging experience in the media business, including music, entertainment software, film and television. Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Mr Zelnick was CEO of BMG Entertainment (Bertelsmann Music Group), CEO of Crystal Dynamics, and President and COO of 20th Century Fox. ZelnickMedia owns interests in an array of media and direct marketing enterprises. Mr Zelnick has an MBA and law degree from Harvard University.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Morris Tabaksblat, Chairman of Reed Elsevier, said :

“With his extensive knowledge of the media industry, Strauss will bring an unparalleled breadth of experience, particularly from a US perspective. We are delighted to welcome Strauss to Reed Elsevier at our AGMs next month.”

Mr Zelnick serves on the board of Carver Bancorp Inc. There are no further matters to be disclosed in accordance with paragraph 16.4 of the Listing Rules of the UK Listing Authority.