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14th January 1998


Charles Halle moves from IBM to lead Vocalis Group plc

Vocalis Group plc, the speech recognition and telephony solutions company, announces the appointment of Charles Halle as Chief Executive Officer. Currently a director in IBM’s "e-business" unit providing network computing and Internet solutions, Halle will take over the top post at Vocalis on 2nd February. His appointment marks a significant new step to build on the success of Vocalis in 1997, which was highlighted by three major contracts with Ericsson to supply SPEECHtel™ systems to public telephone network operators in Europe and Asia.

While at IBM, Halle was instrumental in founding and achieving the rapid success of "e-business", the networking computer solutions unit set up to exploit the latest computing technologies based on networks and the Internet. In this role he was also responsible for IBM Northern Europe and South Africa, and directed the business areas of Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) solutions, Workflow solutions, Sales Forces Automation and Marketing Centres. Halle’s other significant achievements at IBM included the successful launch of the AS/400 range of computers.

Roy Cotterill, Chairman of Vocalis comments; "During his career at IBM, Charles Halle consistently excelled in building both market share and revenue. With his considerable and relevant experience of exploiting information technology, we are confident that Charles is the right person to continue the momentum of 1997. He will attract new business, consolidate existing relationships and lead Vocalis forward in taking commercial advantage of its advanced technology."

Charles Halle adds; "There is no question of the world-leading quality of Vocalis’ voice recognition technology and its proven ability to supply major corporate clients and telephone network operators with valuable business solutions. With the rapid expansion of intelligent networks bringing computing techniques into the telecommunications marketplace, now is an appropriate and exciting time to join a company that is at the forefront of this technology."

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Vocalis works with organisations to create contact centre solutions that build the organisations business and brands. These solutions can turn your contact centre from a cost to a profit centre by ensuring it builds your brand, helps your business be more competitive, and increases customer loyalty through more effective and efficient service. Vocalis was formed in 1993, is publicly traded on FTSE Stock Market and has been listed since July 1996. Vocalis brings back the reassurance of the most personal human touch in business - putting voice to work.

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Philippa Buttle
Vocalis Group plc
Chaston House
Mill Court
Gt Shelford
Tel: 01223-846177
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