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Monday 30 July, 2001

Orbital Soft Hldgs


Orbital Software Holdings PLC
30 July 2001

For Immediate Release:                     Monday, 30 July 2001

                        ORBITAL SOFTWARE HOLDINGS PLC

                            NEW BOARD APPOINTMENT

Edinburgh, UK:  Orbital Software Holdings plc ('Orbital') is today pleased to
announce the appointment of John Swan, as Chief Financial Officer, who joins
the Board with immediate effect.

John Swan (44) qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins &
Sells, where he worked between 1980 and 1984.  Following this, John held a
number of finance functions with Transfleet Services Limited before leaving to
hold senior positions with Adobe Systems Europe and Polaroid between 1989 and

During his time at Adobe Systems Europe Limited ('Adobe') between 1989 - 1999,
John was financial controller with day to day responsibility for financial
control and procedures of a business with turnover in excess of $250m in the
year he departed.  He also ran the pan-European treasury and credit control
for the business, which at that time had 200 customers, spread over 40
countries.   After Adobe, John was Finance Manager at Polaroid International
Business Centre, between 1999 and 2001.

In addition, Ian Bruce (40) has been appointed as VP of Customer Support.
Ian, who has over 9 years experience in customer support management, joins
Orbital from Edinburgh-based TelesensKSCL (formerly Kingston SCL) where he
held the position of Customer Support Manager.

Brian Gray, Acting CEO of Orbital, commented:

'On behalf of the Board and all the Orbital team, I would like to welcome both
John and Ian to the Company.  John brings a wealth of expertise to the Board
and I look forward to his contribution as we move Orbital forward.'

                                   - ENDS -

For further information, please contact :

Orbital Software                                      Tel: +44 (0) 131 348 3000
Brian Gray, CEO
Jonathan Kerr, VP Marketing & Business Development

Buchanan Communications                               Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Nicola How / Isabel Petre

Notes to Editors

About Orbital Software

Orbital Software is a leading provider of scalable, person-to-person, Q&A
infrastructure for corporate and Internet portals. Orbital's Organik software
brings people and information together, creating an environment in which users
can ask questions, find experts and share knowledge. Orbital creates online
expert communities that foster user productivity,  reduce products' time to
market, and maximize the use of companies' intellectual capital.

Founded in 1995, Orbital has U.S. headquarters in Framingham, MA with European
headquarters in Edinburgh, U.K. Additional information about Orbital Software
and its complete product line can be accessed on the World Wide Web at