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    A New Non-Executive Director

    In its meeting of December 12, the Board of Directors of Schneider Electric SA decided to co-opt Willy R. Kissling to serve as a non-executive director.
    Mr. Kissling, a Swiss citizen, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UNAXIS CORPORATION since 1998.

    After graduating from the University of Bern and Harvard University, Mr. Kissling began his career at AMIANTUS CORPORATION. In 1978, he joined the RIGIPS GROUP, a plaster manufacturer, where he was appointed to the Executive Committee in 1981 and subsequently became Chairman. From 1987 to 1996, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LANDIS & GYR CORPORATION, a provider of services, systems and equipment for the building industry and electrical contractors, and payment solutions for public payphone operators. In 1995, LANDIS & GYR had 16,000 employees worldwide and sales of CHF 2.9 billion.

    > UNAXIS CORPORATION is involved in technologies for manufacturing semiconductors and CDs and DVDs, vacuum techniques and space technology. Listed on the Zurich stock exchange, UNAXIS employs 9,000 people worldwide and reported 2000 sales of CHF 3.3 billion.