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MediMedia
10 February 2004

Ian Irvine appointed non-executive Chairman of Santémedia Holdings

The Board of Santémedia Holdings (“the Company”) is pleased to announce that Ian Irvine has been appointed non-executive Chairman of the Company. Santémedia is the investment company that owns MediMedia, the international healthcare information and marketing services group.

MediMedia was acquired by Cinven, Carlyle, Apax and management from Vivendi Universal Publishing in June 2002.

Ian Irvine has had a distinguished career in the media industry, initially with Fleet Holdings (The Express Newspaper Group) as Managing Director. Ian joined Octopus Publications Group as Chief Executive in 1986, and moved to Reed International plc in 1987 on their acquisition of Octopus. Ian became Chairman of Reed International in 1994 and was one of the architects of Reed’s merger with Elsevier to form Reed Elsevier, where he was co-Chairman and CEO until 1997.

Ian has held a number of non-Executive board opportunities including the Chairmanship of BskyB, TvAM, and Capital Radio, and a director of Reuters.

Ian Irvine commented:
"I am delighted to have the opportunity over the coming years to help MediMedia's managers, staff and investors in developing the business further."

Simon Rowlands, Director of Cinven and acting non-Executive Chairman stated:
"We have conducted an exhaustive international search to find a chairman who fits our broad mix of businesses. As an experienced media industry chairman, Ian is ideally qualified to understand the dynamics of our markets."

Notes to Editors

About MediMedia
MediMedia is a global network of local healthcare information providers with operations in the US, Europe and Asia. As a global healthcare publishing and marketing services group, MediMedia targets both healthcare professionals (physicians, dentists, veterinarians, pharmacists, hospitals and other healthcare professionals) and patients or consumers. The business provides a wide variety of products and services to these customers including journals, books, drug directories, trade magazines, prescription and patient management tools and trade shows, as well as marketing and promotional services. Many products serve as a platform for pharmaceutical companies to promote their new and existing products, using MediMedia's strong brands and significant, loyal customer databases. MediMedia has approximately 2,500 employees across over 30 countries.

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