Valora Holding AG

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Valora: Three new directors for Valora

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The Board of Directors of Valora Holding AG is proposing that Conrad Löffel, Rolando Benedick and Markus Fiechter be elected as members of the Board of Directors at the Extraordinary General Meeting. However it is opposed to the election of Adriano Agosti and Geltrude Renzi.

The Extraordinary General Meeting (E.G.M.) of Valora shareholders will take place on Wednesday 30th January in Bern. The only item on the agenda will be the expansion of the Board of Directors (BoD). The Valora Board proposes three candidates for election: besides Rolando Benedick and Markus Fiechter who were already nominated in December, it is adding Conrad Löffel. The BoD remains opposed to the election of Adriano Agosti and asks shareholders not to support the candidature of Geltrude Renzi because other members of the board already posses the particular skills offered by these candidates.

Conrad Löffel is a finance specialist with an excellent track record and capital markets experience. The 61 year-old Swiss from Basel is an Auditor (Fed. Dipl.) who retired one year ago from the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Ernst and Young AG. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a member of the Management of Danzas and Kuoni. Fiechter (51) is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jacobs Holding AG. Ronaldo Benedick (61) is president of the BoD of the Manor Group and was their CEO until the end of 2007. The new Valora Board will elect its president in a constitutional meeting that will be held immediately after the E.G.M.

"With the election of Benedick, Fiechter and Löffel, the Valora BoD will have a spectrum of skills that cover all its fields of business. It also sends a clear signal that it is open to strategic renewal on the basis of in-depth analysis" explained Beatrice Tschanz Kramel, interim President of the BoD. "Valora is a healthy corporation with a solid foundation. The disappointments of the past half-year will not be repeated. The Group has worked effectively during the second half of the year".

The BoD of Valora remains opposed to the candidacy of Adriano Agosti on the grounds that it would lead to an over-representation of a single shareholder. Agostis Investment Fund claims to own 4% of Valora´s shares. The BoD of Valora believes that the double role as a fund manager and member of the Board would create potential conflicts of interest and corporate governance issues that must be avoided.

Geltrude Renzi is proposing herself as a candidate. Her retail and wholesale expertise is however, already well covered by other members of the Board.

In order to assess the various candidates, the Valora BoD spoke to numerous smaller and larger shareholders over the past few weeks. These conversations seemed to confirm the view that the planned changes to the BoD make good sense and that the BoD is backing the right candidates.

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