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WYNDHAM ROBERTSON ELECTED A DIRECTOR OF THE EQUITABLE

 NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyndham Robertson was elected to the board of directors of The Equitable Companies Incorporated (NYSE: EQ), it was announced today by Richard H. Jenrette, chairman and chief executive officer.
 "Wyndham Robertson's extensive professional experience in journalism, economics and education will be a valuable asset to The Equitable's board. We are fortunate to have her join us at this important moment in the company's growth," stated Mr. Jenrette. In 1992, The Equitable completed the largest demutualization in U.S. history, converting from a policyholder-owned mutual to shareholder- owned status and doubling its capital.
 Ms. Robertson is vice president for communications for the 16-campus University of North Carolina. Her responsibilities include oversight of university publications, the UNC Press, and the statewide public television network, which is licensed to the university. She is also a director of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., Wachovia Bank of North Carolina and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.
 Prior to joining UNC in 1986, Ms. Robertson was affiliated with Fortune magazine for 25 years. She started as a researcher/reporter and ultimately became a member of the board of editors and assistant managing editor. During her career at Fortune, she specialized as a writer and editor in topics relating to investments, finance and technology. Prior to Fortune, she was a junior analyst in the General Economics Department of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey for three years.
 Ms. Robertson, a native of Salisbury, N.C., graduated in 1958 with a degree in economics from Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., where she is currently vice chairman of the board of trustees.
 She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Among these are the Gerald M. Loeb Achievement Award for Distinguished Writing on Investment, Finance, and Business; the Deadline Award of the New York City Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi for Excellence in Business and Financial Reporting; and the Hollins Medal of her alma mater. The Hollins Medal is awarded to distinguished alumni for service to the college and to women's life and education in general.
 Her volunteer activities include the Advisory Council of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Friends of the Library, North Carolina State University.
 The Equitable Companies Incorporated is one of the world's premier asset managers with more than $170 billion in assets under management through products distributed by its primary businesses: The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the U.S.; Alliance Capital Management L.P.; Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.; and Equitable Real Estate Management, Inc. The Equitable and AXA, its largest shareholder and global partner, are among the world's leading providers of insurance and financial services to individuals and institutions.
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 /CONTACT: Mary E. Mannarino of The Equitable, 212-554-4352/
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