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Monday 06 September, 1999

F.I. Group PLC


6 September 1999

                                F.I.GROUP PLC
F.I.GROUP, the supplier of business technology services to major
organisations in the Finance, Retail and Services sectors, announces the
appointment of Geoffrey Dunn as the new Group Finance Director of FI from
Monday 20 September 1999.
After an early career in corporate finance at SG Warburg & Co. Ltd and GKN
PLC, Mr Dunn joined the Midland Bank PLC and became Head of Business
Analysis, Group Finance.  He left the bank as head of Finance and Planning
for Midland Bank International to become Group Finance Director of Exco
International PLC in 1987.  Here he had financial management responsibility
for business operations in 13 countries.  In 1994, Mr Dunn joined
S.W.I.F.T., the global interbank financial messaging network headquartered
in Brussels, as the Chief Financial Officer.  In early 1997 he was
approached to join Global One Telecommunications S.A., becoming its Chief
Financial Officer in June 1997.
Mr Dunn is 50 years old, a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers
and is fluent in French.  He has an MSc in Computing from Manchester
University and a Diploma in Business Administration from Manchester Business
School.  He brings to FI a broad range of both business and finance skills
and additionally has a track record of achievement in treasury management,
introducing new disciplines and controls, refinancing and re-engineering
As was announced in the preliminary results announcement of 30 June 1999,
David Best, FI's current Group Finance Director, will be leaving FI after
nearly seven years to pursue his interest in helping and investing in
smaller emerging companies in the UK and US.  Mr Best will be leaving FI at
the Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 September 1999, but will assist Mr
Dunn with an effective hand-over.  The Board wishes him every success and is
sure that he will continue as an ambassador for FI and the culture of
employee ownership.
Commenting  on  the appointment, Hilary Cropper, Deputy Chairman  and  Chief
Executive of F.I.GROUP, said:
'We  are delighted to have attracted someone of Geoffrey Dunn's calibre  and
in  particular  with  such  international finance  expertise;  he  has  been
involved with businesses in over 20 countries and will bring FI a wide range
of skills and experience.'

Hilary Cropper, Deputy Chairman & Chief Executive    Tel: 01442 233339
F.I.GROUP PLC                                        
Giles Sanderson                                      Tel: 0171 831 3113