Bell & Howell Names New CEO for Its Education and Library Business

Apr 09, 1998


    SKOKIE, Ill., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell & Howell Company (NYSE: BHW)
announces the appointment of Joseph P. Reynolds (48) as president and chief
executive officer of its Ann Arbor, Michigan-based UMI Company, a global
leader in providing value added information to libraries and schools.
    Previously, Reynolds was the CEO of the ITP School and Career Education
Group, an approximately $300 million unit of The Thomson Corporation (TOC).
During his 15 years with Thomson, Reynolds held a number of senior management
positions and built a significant track record in the education market
producing higher than average industry growth in both sales and earnings.  He
also spent nine years in a number of different units of Prentice Hall, Inc.
    Jim Roemer, Bell & Howell chairman, president and CEO said, "We are very
excited about the strengths that Joe Reynolds brings to Bell & Howell,
particularly his customer knowledge and focus based on 25 years of experience
in the educational publishing market.  He will be extremely valuable in
expanding the use of ProQuest Direct, Bell & Howell's online information
service, from the library to the classroom and the dorm room.  Joe is a proven
leader and has a track record of creating significant shareholder value in the
businesses he has led."
    Reynolds earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Catholic
University of America.
    UMI is a global leader in collecting, organizing, and distributing value-
added information to libraries and schools, and over the Internet directly to
researchers, students and library patrons in more than 160 countries.  As a
result of agreements with more than 8,000 publishers worldwide, UMI is the
leading aggregator and access provider of articles and information contained
in periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books and other
scholarly collections.  An extensive and growing archive of periodicals,
journals, newspapers, dissertations and other sources of information is
available online through ProQuest Direct(R), on CD-ROM, microform, print, and
other media.  More information about UMI is available on the Internet at:
http://www.umi.com.
    Bell & Howell Company, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, is a leading
worldwide provider of solutions for information access and distribution.
Additional information about Bell & Howell is available on the Internet at:
http://www.bellhowell.com.


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