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Bracknell, UK, 29 November 2005: HAL Knowledge Solutions, the leading provider of Application Portfolio Management (APM) solutions, today announces the appointment of Melvin Pointer as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). A respected business leader, Pointer has operated at CFO level in a number of organisations, primarily in a multinational environment, in fast changing and rapid growth businesses.

“As HAL’s rapid growth continues with the acceleration in the market, it is vital for HAL to have an experienced hand steering the financial ship,” said Niccolò Garzelli, CEO of HAL. “With his extensive background, Melvin has exactly the right management experience and market knowledge to complete HAL’s senior management team and help me drive further growth to maintain our market leading position.”

Pointer’s extensive financial experience includes working with the capital markets, including three IPOs in London and America, and with private equity providers. Prior to joining HAL, Pointer was CFO of OAG Worldwide, a global technology and content provider focused on the air transport industry, and had previously been a founder and CFO at Civista, a wireless software development company. His previous experience involves operating at Chief Financial Officer or Treasurer level at ICO Global Communications, Railtrack plc and NFC plc.

Commenting on his new role, Pointer said, “Application Portfolio Management is becoming a key driver for implementing long term strategies for software and data systems offering benefits in terms of business, governance and cost management that are visible and understandable at Board level. HAL is the market leader in APM solutions and the only company that can offer end-to-end solutions for the whole application life cycle . I’m delighted to be joining the company and to help it continue its rapid growth at this exciting stage of the market.”

Pointer is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of The Association of Corporate Treasurers.

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About HAL Knowledge Solutions™

HAL Knowledge Solutions is the market-leading provider of Application Portfolio Management software products and services that drive IT Governance initiatives. The hidden intelligence about their applications revealed by the HAL solutions has enabled customers to reduce application support costs, make strategic sourcing decisions and manage both outsourced and in-house teams plus deliver on regulatory compliance requirements.

Founded in 1984 and with investment from Apax Partners, HAL has offices in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Brazil with development laboratories located in Italy and Bulgaria. The company markets its solutions both directly and in collaboration with partners such as major service partners including IBM, EDS and Banksiel. HAL’s customers rank among the most prestigious organisations in the world, including UBS, Banca Intesa, Linea Directa, Assicurazioni Generali, TNT, Kuehne & Nagel, Telefonica and Renault Nissan.

Website: www.halks.com

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OCTOPUS
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