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Transcontinental Group Appoints Julien Houle to Vice-President, HR

Press release from the issuing company

Montreal, September 3 2002 – Transcontinental Group today announced the appointment of Julien Houle as Vice-President, Human Resources for Transcontinental Group, effective immediately. Mr. Houle brings to Transcontinental more than 20 years of experience in corporate human resource management. From 1990 to 2001, he worked for Brystol-Myers Squib, a major international firm in the pharmaceutical industry, occupying senior positions in Canada and Europe. In his final year there, he was part of an international team of human resource professionals who were asked to define the processes, priorities, structures and ideal competencies for ensuring the future of Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has also held senior executive positions with Catelli and Hudson’s Bay Company. Julien Houle has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales. He replaces Michèle Perryman, who left Transcontinental last month. Transcontinental Group is one of the 10 largest commercial printers in North America and the leader in Canada in most of its niches. It is also Canada's leading publisher of consumer magazines and one of the country's top two publishers of community newspapers. The Corporation is also engaged in direct marketing and Internet solutions, as well as door-to-door distribution of advertising material. Transcontinental Group has 12,000 employees in Canada, the United States and Mexico and reported revenues of $1.8 billion in 2001. Its Class A Subordinate Voting Shares and Class B Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols GRT.A and GRT.B.