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New Appointments at Bell & Howell

    SKOKIE, Ill., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell & Howell Company (NYSE: BHW)
announced today the appointment of Stuart T. Lieberman as Vice President,
Finance and Dwight A. Mater as Vice President of Investor Relations and
Business Development.  These appointments follow Kevin O'Shea's departure to
become Senior Vice President/CFO of Liberty Group Publishing in Northbrook,
    Since 1990, Stuart Lieberman has served as Vice President and Controller
of the Company.  Prior to that he held several financial positions at Baxter
International.  Stuart began his career in public accounting with KPMG Peat
Marwick and Arthur Andersen.
    Dwight Mater joined Bell & Howell in 1994 as Vice President of Business
Development.  Dwight began his career at Owens Corning, followed by
increasingly responsible positions at EDS and Baxter International.
    At the same time, the Company announced the appointment of Todd W.
Buchardt as General Counsel for Bell & Howell.  Todd joins Bell & Howell, in
this newly created position, from First Image, a subsidiary of First Data
Resources, where he served as their General Counsel.  Todd began his career at
First Data in 1986 as Associate Counsel.
    Bell & Howell Company, headquartered in Skokie, Illinois, is a leading
worldwide provider of solutions for information access and distribution.
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Financial Officer, 847-470-7617, or Hank D'Ambrosio, Vice
President Administration, 847-470-7122, both of Bell & Howell
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