Trujillo Named CEO of Orange 588724

American Solomon Trujillo replaces Jean François Pontal as chief executive officer of Orange

February 14, 2003

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LONDON and PARIS -- ORANGE announces that its Board of Directors met on February 13 and has adopted the recommendation of its nomination committee to select Solomon Trujillo, 51, American, as Chief Executive Officer of Orange SA to replace Jean François Pontal who resigned last December. The nomination will be effective March 3, 2003.Solomon Trujillo, a successful senior executive of the telecommunication industry has been member of the Orange Board since 2001. Following his MBA from the University of Wyoming in 1974, he began his professional career at Mountain Bell Telephone. He was appointed President and CEO of USWest in 1995 and Chairman in 1999. He retired from this position in June 2000 when the merger between USWest and Qwest Communications was completed. He has been on the Chairman's Council at Alcatel SA since 2000. He serves on the Board of Directors of Pepsi Co; Target Stores and Gannet. Solomon will be based in London and Paris.Thierry Breton, Chairman of France Telecom and Orange said: " I am particularly delighted with this choice. I know personally Sol for many years as a great manager and a recognized leader of the telecommunication industry. Sol accepted to fully dedicate himself to the Orange future bringing his operational and innovation skills as well as a broad management expertise. In the interest of Orange shareholders and customers I know I can count on him, with the Orange people and management team, to bring the Orange brand and vision to another level and fully exploit the synergies between Orange and France Telecom". Wilfried Verstraete, Chief Financial Officer of Wanadoo is appointed Chief Financial Officer of Orange replacing as of March 3, Simon Duffy who expressed his wish to pursue other career opportunities. Wilfried, a Belgian national, will join the Board of Orange on that date.In addition, the Board of Directors nominated David Hobley as independent Director to replace Richard Lapthorne, who has resigned from the Board of Orange as of January 22, 2003 after having accepted the role of Chairman of Cable & Wireless plc. Mr. Hobley, 56, a British national and a former Managing Director at Warburg, is Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in London. He will bring to the Orange Board his broad financial and international business experience.Orange SA

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