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Albert B. Crawford Joins COVENTUS Board of Directors.

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KANATA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2000

Former American Express Executive VP Brings Valuable Insight and

Expertise from Both the Business Travel and

Telecommunications Industries

COVENTUS Inc., the leading provider of Guest Internet Experience services, announced today the appointment of Albert B. Crawford, a business travel systems and telecommunications industry veteran, as a member of the COVENTUS board of directors.

Mr. Crawford brings to COVENTUS over 30 years of expertise gained from various executive management positions. Most recently he was Executive Vice President for Strategic Business Development for American Express' Travel Related Services Division. Responsibilities included accountability for business systems development, worldwide communications network, international technologies, data management and systems architecture and business process reengineering.

"I am pleased to welcome Al Crawford to the COVENTUS board and look forward to benefiting from his guidance and expertise," said Peter Sommerer, executive chairman of the board for COVENTUS Inc. "His comprehensive knowledge in travel related services and his extensive connections and contacts into the information technology and business travel markets are a valuable asset to COVENTUS."

"COVENTUS is clearly a company with a solid mission and they have established a leadership position in the industry," said Mr. Crawford. "I look forward to quickly building upon the COVENTUS vision and exploring new opportunities with this dynamic company."

Most recently, Mr. Crawford was a member of the Senior Executive Council and Consultant to Newbridge Networks Corporation and served on the Board of Directors of TimeStep, Vienna Systems, and FastLane Corporations.

Prior to American Express, Mr. Crawford held the position of CIO for Digital Equipment from 1978 to 1984 and Director of Strategic Planning, Office of the President for Digital Equipment from 1976 to 1978.

Mr. Crawford holds a BS, USMA from West Point and a MSEE and MSIE (ADP) from Stanford University.

COVENTUS Inc., based in Kanata, Ontario, is the leading provider of Guest Internet Experience services, a unique suite of Web-based applications that enhance the business traveler's journey. COVENTUS suite of services include: COVENTUS Personalized Information Services which provide the business traveler with access to context-sensitive information, notification services and journey management; COVENTUS Access Services which enable business travelers to connect to their corporate networks and email through COVENTUS remote access server capabilities; and COVENTUS In-Hotel Services which allow business travelers to communicate electronically with the hotel via laptop from the guestroom to order room service, check out and discover local attractions. For additional information, visit the COVENTUS Web site at
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