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Institutional Investor Magazine Ranks Europe's Best CEOs

    New York (ots/PRNewswire) - Institutional Investor magazine today announced Europe's top chief executives, as ranked by research analysts and portfolio managers. The winning CEOs appear in the magazine's April issue.

    Thirteen of the 33 European companies whose CEOs received the highest scores are British, five are French, four are German, three are Swiss, and two are Dutch; an Anglo-Dutch and a French-German company each has a top CEO, as do companies in Finland, Ireland, Italy and Sweden.

    To find the leaders II surveyed about 700 research analysts and portfolio managers at more than 250 money management firms that invest an estimated US$3 trillion in European equities. Also polled were almost 620 sell-side analysts -- drawn from a pool of those who received at least one vote in II's All-Europe and Emerging Europe/Middle East/Africa research team surveys -- at more than 90 brokerages.

    Listed below are the European-company chief executives who received the highest scores, their companies and their sector.

@@start.t1@@                                                Europe's best CEOs
      Industry sector                 CEO                                Company
      Aerospace & Defense          Philippe Camus(1) and  European Aeronautic
                                                Rainer Hertrich(1)        Defence & Space Co.
      Autos & Auto Parts            Jean-Martin Folz          PSA Peugeot Citroen
      Banks                                 Peter Wuffli                 UBS
      Beverages                          Ernest (Graham) Mackay SABMiller
      Biotechnology                    Jean-Paul Clozel          Actelion
      Building & Construction    W.I. (Liam) O'Mahony    CRH
      Business & Employment
        Services                          Denis Waxman                 Hays
      Capital Goods                    Heinrich von Pierer(2) Siemens
      Chemicals                          Jurgen Hambrecht          BASF
      Food Producers                  Franck Riboud                Groupe Danone
      Household & Personal
        Care Products                  Bart Becht                    Reckitt Benckiser
      Insurance                          Henri de Castries         AXA
      Leisure & Hotels                G.E. (Ted) Tuppen         Enterprise Inns
      Luxury Goods                      Rose Marie Bravo          Burberry Group
      Media                                 Crispin Davis                Reed Elsevier
      Medical Technologies &
        Services                          Christopher O'Donnell  Smith & Nephew
      Metals & Mining                 Charles Goodyear          BHP Billiton Group
      Oil & Gas                          John Browne                  BP
      Paper & Packaging              Jukka Harmala                Stora Enso
      Pharmaceuticals                 Daniel Vasella              Novartis Group
      Property                            Leon Bressler                Unibail
      Retailing/Food & Drug
        Chains                              Terry Leahy                  Tesco
      Retailing/General              Simon Wolfson                Next
      Specialty & Other
        Finance                            Stanley Fink                 Man Group
      Technology/Semiconductors Gerard Kleisterlee        Royal Philips
                                                                                    Electronics
      Technology/Software          Henning Kagermann         SAP
      Telecommunications
        Equipment                         Carl-Henric Svanberg    Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson
      Telecommunications
        Services/Wireless            Marco De Benedetti        Telecom Italia Mobile
      Telecommunications
        Services/Wireline            Thierry Breton(3)         France Telecom
      Tobacco                              Gareth Davis                 Imperial Tobacco Group
      Transport                          Roderick Eddington(4)  British Airways
      Utilities                          Wulf Bernotat                E.On
      (1) Term ends in 2005.
      (2) Stepped down effective January 27, 2005; remains chairman of the
            supervisory board.
      (3) Became French Finance minister February 28, 2005.
      (4) Will retire at the end of September 2005.@@end@@

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