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Thursday 07 November, 2002


Appointment of non Exec

07 November 2002

7 November 2002

IMI plc appoints new non-executive director

IMI plc, the major international engineering solutions business, today announces
the appointment of James Leng to the Board as a non-executive director with
effect from 1 December 2002.

The appointment of Mr Leng strengthens the independent non-executive presence on
the Board of IMI and he will be joining the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations

His other non-executive directorships include Corus Plc and Pilkington Plc and
he is Non-executive Chairman of Doncasters Limited.

Mr Leng, aged 56, has extensive experience in industry including positions as
chief executive of Low & Bonar plc  (1992 to 1995) and Laporte plc (1995 to
2001).  In these, and earlier roles, Mr Leng has been responsible for major
disposals and acquisitions, successfully refocusing corporate strategy to
achieve both global leadership positions and shareholder value.

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Information about IMI plc can be found on the website:

For further information contact:

IMI plc
Graham Truscott, Communications Director                      Tel: 0121 332 2330

Weber Shandwick Square Mile
Peter Corbin                                                  Tel: 020 7950 2800

Note to editors:

IMI plc is a dynamic international engineering business specialising in
innovative solutions and services for a wide range of industrial and retail
customers.  Its future growth is being built on the two business areas of Fluid
Controls and Retail Dispense.

IMI's operations in these two business areas share the following core
characteristics: strong market positions in growing markets; the ability to be
clearly differentiated from their competitors through technological innovation
or after-sales service; and the provision of 'added value' solutions through
bespoke solutions rather than a high manufacturing or material content.

IMI is quoted on the London Stock Exchange and is capitalised at approximately
£1 billion.

                      This information is provided by RNS
            The company news service from the London Stock Exchange