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Global Graphics Appoints Director of Technology for Japan

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Cambridge, UK; October 25, 2002 — Global Graphics Software, a subsidiary of Global Graphics S A (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR, Euronext: GLOG), leading worldwide supplier of printing, electronic document and workflow software, has appointed Yoshiyuki Hagiwara as director of technology, Japan. Hagiwara, who is based in the Tokyo region, will provide technical sales support in Japan for the full range of Global Graphics Software products and act as the technical liaison point between Japanese customers and the Global Graphics sales team. He brings more than 25 years industry experience to the company at a time when there are a growing number of business opportunities within the Asia Pacific region. Hagiwara was responsible for establishing an office in Japan for Pipeline, a software developer specializing in PostScript and PCL products, and, following their acquisition by EFI continued to work on development at EFI’s Japan office. After focusing on projects for Fuji Xerox and Canon, he moved to Colorbus Inc. as a director of Japanese business, specifically allocated to the Ricoh account, before moving to Easy System Japan – software developers for major computer and drive manufacturers and systems integrators – as general manager of the digital imaging division. "Global Graphics Software is looking to expand its involvement in the Japanese market," says Hagiwara "so I am looking forward to the challenges that this will bring. The company has been supplying the Harlequin RIP to graphic arts Original Equipment Manufacturers here for many years and now has a much broader range of technologies to bring to this market. It is also an exciting time from the point of view that Global Graphics’ PDF products have found a strong foothold here with the agreement we recently signed with Justsystem who are integrating Jaws PDF Creator with their top-selling software application Ichitaro." Global Graphics announced its agreement with Japan’s largest software company Justsystem Corporation this month. A strategic deal, it provides Global Graphics with a distribution channel for its PDF products with Japan’s most significant player.