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Danka Appoints Former GE Executive to Lead International Operations

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Press release from the issuing company

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--April 14, 2003-- Danka Business Systems PLC today announced the appointment of Michael D. Popielec as President and Chief Operating Officer, Danka International Group. Popielec will oversee Danka's businesses in Canada, Latin and South America, and Australia. Danka recruited Popielec from General Electric Company where he had a distinguished, seventeen-year career as an executive and officer, serving in such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Power Controls, Industrial Systems; General Manager, GE Hydro Power Systems, and President Director of PT GE Lokomotif Indonesia Transportation Systems. Popielec held executive positions with GE in Spain, Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and in the United States. "We are thrilled to have been able to recruit Mike to lead these very important businesses for Danka. He brings with him an enormous breadth of experience and successful leadership in many overseas locations," said Lang Lowrey, Danka's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Mike is a high energy, high horsepower executive, who we expect to address the historical challenges and make significant improvements in our international operations, where we have had some problems and disappointing financial results in the past." "I am excited about the opportunities here at Danka," said Popielec, I believe there are significant contributions yet to be made by the international operations which will enhance Danka's already impressive progress in turning the Company into a world class value-added distributor and solutions provider for its clients. I believe my experience at GE, as well as my understanding of international business, will fit well with my new opportunities at Danka." Popielec joins Todd Mavis, President and Chief Operating Officer, United States, and Dr. Peter Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer, Europe to round out the Company's worldwide operational leadership.




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