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DATACARD NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 DATACARD NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
 MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- DataCard Corporation announced


today that Glenn W. Highland, the president of Beckman Industrial Corporation in Fullerton, Calif., has been named DataCard's president and chief executive officer.
 Highland, who begins his new duties today, reports to Dr. Hasso von Falkenhausen, DataCard's chairman. With over $300 million in sales, DataCard is the world's leader in producing and marketing plastic card equipment, products and services. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis and owned by the Dr. Herbert Quandt family of Germany.
 "In an extended search, Glenn came out as the leader," said Dr. von Falkenhausen. "At Beckman Industrial (an affiliate of Emerson Electric Company) he made a name for himself as a team-builder, a fact-based proactive manager and a chief executive officer with an excellent sense of customers' needs around the world. And his very strong financial background with an international business was another key factor in our decision."
 Highland earned a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA and an MBA in finance from USC. He joined Beckman Instruments, Inc., the predecessor of Beckman Industrial Corporation, in 1973, becoming president of the company, which manufactures electronic components and test/measurement instrumentation, in 1988.
 "DataCard is well positioned for its strategy of continued growth, expansion and profitability in its worldwide market segments," said Highland. "The company is the market leader in an exciting and growing industry. It's already clear to me that DataCard is strongly committed to its present businesses over the long term, and to growing profitability by building on its established base," he said.
 "In addition, I believe in the principles of Total Quality Management," he added. "DataCard's commitment to customer service, quality and innovation is known around the world, and that's one of the factors which made this opportunity so interesting to me. I am pleased to become a part of DataCard's excellent management team so that, together, we can respond to the challenging years ahead."
 Dr. von Falkenhausen noted exciting opportunities in a number of DataCard's worldwide market segments. "These opportunities include color photo bank/identification cards, where DataCard has pioneered technology for such customers as Citibank, First Hawaiian Bank and Public Bank Berhad in Malaysia, and government health care ID cards, where we are now undertaking a major project with the Ministry of Health of the Province of Quebec, Canada," Dr. von Falkenhausen said.
 "The success of these projects is evidence of our ability to adapt systems to specific customer needs in worldwide markets, thus providing effective solutions to local requirements."
 DataCard Corporation offers a broad spectrum of card-related system solutions, products and services, including: plastic cards, embossing/encoding systems, photo ID systems, card imprinters, transaction automation terminals, card personalization/mailing services and card registration services. DataCard has a global business network that spans more than 70 countries with production facilities in Germany, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan and six location around the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Iverson, director, communications, 612-931-1763/ CO: DataCard Corporation ST: Minnesota IN: SU: PER


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