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NPD Appoints Group President

February 10 2005

The NPD Group has appointed Randy Smith as Group President with responsibility for leading several NPD divisions: NPD Foodworld, NPD Automotive, NPD Canada and the firm's interests in Latin America. The Group says it is preparing for further expansion in the US and abroad.

Smith, 53, has 25 years of senior leadership experience in the marketing information industry and will be based in the Chicago office. He served for three years as President and COO of NFO WorldGroup, after 18 years at IRI which included management of the International Services Group, the Information Technology and Operations Division, and the Testing Services Division. He holds a BA from Michigan State, as well as an MS in management from Purdue University.

Karyn Schoenbart, president and COO of The NPD Group, says the company is 'serious about expanding our presence and our product portfolio, both within the US and internationally, which is why we're so delighted to have Randy Smith join our team during this exciting time'.

The Group is online at www.npd.com

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