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COOPERS & LYBRAND APPOINTS JAMES F. LAFOND MANAGING PARTNER FOR FLORIDA CLIENT SERVICE CENTER

 NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the firm's new strategic direction, Coopers & Lybrand Chairman Eugene M. Freedman has announced the appointment of James F. Lafond as managing partner for the firm's Florida client service center, serving all Florida operations and headquartered in Orlando.
 As managing partner, Lafond will direct firm operations for offices in eight Florida cities: Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, and Ft. Myers, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. He will also oversee three North Carolina offices: Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro. The firm has nearly 1,000 partners and staff deployed in these markets, primarily in the business assurance and tax lines of business.
 "Jim's many years of experience with the firm, including a strong background in client service and extensive experience in managing national operations, gives him the skills required to serve our Florida clients while driving the growth of our people and our firm," said Freedman.
 The firm's new strategy is designed to ensure high quality and efficient delivery of services, Freedman explained. The firm's client service centers link Coopers & Lybrand offices, promoting a teamwork approach to serving its clients, said Freedman.
 Commenting on his new role, Lafond said, "The Florida client service center provides exciting opportunities for Coopers & Lybrand. Florida is now the direct gateway to Latin America, providing significant potential for international business in the 90s. As important, with many fast-growing companies emerging in these markets, Florida and the Carolinas are clearly markets of the future in the United States."
 Lafond, formerly led the firm's national business development and has a wide range of experience in client service and management positions. His diverse background combines significant hands-on experience in serving clients of all sizes with solid marketing know- how. He served as chairman of the firm's industry practices from 1988 to 1991, national director of business development from 1985 to 1988, and prior to 1985 led the firm's national Emerging Business Services practice, which provides accounting, tax and consulting services to middle market and fast-growing businesses.
 Active in community affairs, Lafond was an appointed delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business and a member of the board of directors of the Small Business Foundation of America. In addition, he served on former Senator Lowell Weicker's Connecticut Small Business Advisory Council. Interested in youth organizations, he has been active in Junior Achievement, as president of the organization in Massachusetts and as a director in New York.
 Lafond has a B.S. degree and an M.B.A. from American International College. He also completed the Executive Development program at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. He is a licensed CPA in several states.
 Lafond will reside in the Orlando area with his wife, Sandra. They have four children, Christopher and Matthew, who are both married, Carrie Ann, a senior at Boston University, and Mark, at home.
 In the recently announced strategic direction, Freedman stressed that the firm's first priority is to provide excellent client service to lead Coopers & Lybrand into the next century.
 Coopers & Lybrand's strategy for the future is intended to differentiate the firm from the competitors. In addition to 16 client service centers nationwide, the strategy focuses on five core businesses (business assurance, human resource advisory, performance improvement, process management, and tax).
 One of the world's leading professional firms, Coopers & Lybrand provides services to enterprises in a wide range of industries. The firm offers its clients the expertise of more than 16,000 professionals and staff located in 101 U.S. cities and more than 67,000 people in 121 countries worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Clare DeNicola of Coopers & Lybrand, 212-536-1700/


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