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Gateway Announces Additions to Leadership Team.

Gateway, Inc. today announced the addition of four expert leaders to its retail and product teams. As part of the company's ongoing management team realignment that was announced earlier this year, the new hires bring the operational expertise necessary to provide a stronger focus and accountability across all segments, products and channels.

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"Expect big things from this team," said Ted Waitt, Gateway's chairman and CEO. "They're going to make Gateway a better company for our customers, employees and shareholders."

As part of its realignment efforts, Gateway has created the new title of general manager within the company's new structure, reflecting the breadth and senior-level accountability that these positions will have in managing the full profit and loss performance of each of their functions.
 New general managers include:

 * William Parker, president and general manager, Gateway stores --
 Parker will run Gateway's nationwide network of retail stores.
 Prior to joining Gateway, Parker was senior vice president for
 Banana Republic stores and operations (a division of The Gap), where
 he was responsible for the major business categories including
 customer satisfaction, finance and operations management, store
 merchandising, visual presentation and marketing for Banana
 Republic's 400 retail stores. Parker's retail experience also
 includes work with Old Navy (a division of Gap Inc.), Carson Pirie
 Scott, Target Corporation and May Company.

 * John Engel, senior vice president and general manager, desktop PCs
 -- Engel will run Gateway's $2 billion desktop PC business, the
 company's core business and most extensive product line. A seasoned
 business leader, he most recently served as executive vice president
 at PerkinElmer (formerly EG&G) where he led the Life Sciences
 division and previously the Optoelectronics division which he grew
 to a $500 million business in just two years. Engel also served as
 vice president and general manager of AlliedSignal where he led the
 turnaround of the company's $325 million global avionics business.
 Prior to AlliedSignal, Engel served for nine years at General
 Electric, where he held a number of roles of increasing management
 responsibility.

 * Scott Weinbrandt, general manager, servers -- Weinbrandt will run
 the company's server product business. A long-time Dell executive,
 Weinbrandt's experience includes creating and leading the group that
 grew Dell's server business from $50 million to $1.4 billion in just
 three years. Prior to joining Gateway, Weinbrandt served as a
 technology consultant for Solana Capital Partners, a venture capital
 firm focused on funding companies in the technology, medical and
 manufacturing segments.

 * Monica Gout, general manager, Gateway.com -- Gout will run Gateway's
 e-commerce business. Most recently, Gout served as vice president,
 business solutions for Gap Inc. Direct (a division of Gap Inc.),
 where she built and managed key areas of the company's core
 e-commerce business, including Gap.com, OldNavy.com and
 BananaRepublic.com .




In addition, Gateway announced that Arthur Rubinfeld of AIRvision has joined Gateway as a senior consultant, working with the company's new president of retail to redesign the company's core store concept, customer experience and its retail real estate portfolio. Rubinfeld was previously executive vice president at Starbucks Corporation, where he spent eight years overseeing the design and expansion of the company's retail stores.

These new additions are part of an ongoing organizational realignment, which began last year with the appointment of former Chrysler executive Rod Sherwood as chief financial officer and continued in 2003 with the appointment of IBM veteran Joe Formichelli as executive vice president of operations and former Sony executive T. Scott Edwards as executive vice president of the company's consumer business.

About Gateway

Gateway, Inc. , a personal technology company, improves people's lives through a combination of the latest and best hardware, communication tools, applications, training and service, all offered with a custom financing package. The company takes a localized approach, utilizing its Web site, call centers and nationwide network of Gateway retail stores to build direct relationships with consumers, small and medium businesses and government and education institutions. In 2001, Gateway's products and services received more than 45 awards and accolades and the company was ranked number one in repurchase brand loyalty for PCs(1). For more information, visit Gateway's Web site at www.gateway.com .

(1) Source: MetaFacts Technology User Profile, 2001 Annual Edition. Based on a survey of 6,799 home PC owners.

CONTACT: Media, Ashley Wood of Gateway, Inc., +1-858-848-3874, ashley.wood@gateway.com

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