Kline Strengthens Management Consulting Capabilities in Europe

-- Luca Raffellini Leaves Infineum to Join Kline’s Consulting Practice in the United Kingdom --

LITTLE FALLS, NJ, January 28, 2008 – Worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company announced today that Luca Raffellini has joined the Oxford, UK office to further develop and support the firm’s management consulting client base located throughout Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

Raffellini most recently was the head of global marketing for the Infineum Group, a joint-venture of ExxonMobil and Shell specializing in petroleum additives.

In his role as Director with Kline Europe, Raffellini will lead client service teams providing chemical and energy industry clients with strategy development, technology management, and merger and acquisition support.

“Luca’s expertise in corporate and business strategy development for multinational clients and on M&A assistance will be invaluable to our clients,” says Fred du Plessis, senior vice president, Kline Europe. “His commercial industry and consulting experience with companies doing business in polymers, specialties, and particularly across the lubricant industry value chain complements Kline’s legacy serving these industry segments.”

“Kline has an outstanding reputation, spanning nearly half a century, helping companies to address business challenges, capitalize on global market opportunities, and grow profitably,” Says Raffellini. “I’m excited to be part of the team and I look forward to working with our clients to help them achieve their goals.”

Prior to his position with Infineum, Raffellini was a senior manager in the chemicals practice at Arthur D. Little in London and has held R&D and commercial positions with EniChem in Italy.

Raffellini earned a doctorate in chemistry from Bologna University in Italy and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Raffellini currently serves on the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, on the Communication Directors Business Board, and has been on the Business Competition Judging Panel of Oxford University.

About Kline
Kline is a worldwide consulting and research firm dedicated to providing the kind of insight and knowledge that helps companies find a clear path to success. The firm has served the management consulting and market research needs of organizations in the chemicals, materials, energy, life sciences, and consumer products industries for nearly 50 years. For more information, visit www.klinegroup.com.

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