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ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA; ACQUIRES KEY FINANCIAL AND RHI FRANCHISED OFFICES

 MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI), the world's largest personnel placement firm specializing in accounting, finance and information systems professionals, has announced the acquisition of the Key Financial Group and three existing Accountemps and Robert Half franchised offices located in the greater Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., and Richmond, Va., area. The moves are expected to strengthen the company's operations in that market.
 Key Financial, founded in 1985, has five locations, and is a major local provider of permanent and temporary accounting professionals. Michael A. Caggiano is the president and founder. The firm has two offices in Virginia, located in Arlington and Tysons Corner; and three offices in Maryland, located in Baltimore, Bethesda and Frederick.
 The three RHI franchised branches, owned and operated by Pat and Ed Southerland, are located in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond. They have been in operation since 1966.
 "We are very pleased to have these successful operations joining RHI," said Max Messmer, chairman and chief executive officer of Robert Half International. "The acquisition of these entities will provide us with a much stronger presence and depth of service in the Mid-Atlantic region, and we expect to experience solid future growth."
 Michael Caggiano remarked: "We believe the added resources of Robert Half International will enable us to enhance the range of services and resources available to our clients and candidates. We look forward to a high degree of synergy in our future operations, especially through access to RHI's national and international network of offices."
 Pat Southerland added: "We are enthusiastic about this move -- it allows us to strengthen our link to the many centralized services available through RHI's corporate offices. And the addition of Key Financial to the Robert Half family will enable us to better serve the needs of our combined client base."
 Robert Half International was founded in 1948. The New York Stock Exchange-traded firm has two major financial staffing divisions -- for permanent employment, Robert Half; and for temporary employment, Accountemps. The company has more than 150 offices in the United States, Canada and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Ed Southerland, 301-652-1960, or Michael Caggiano, 703-528-1010, all of Robert Half International/
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