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 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- David J. Metz, senior vice- president and director of Communications and Public Affairs at Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) will retire in September, it was announced today.
 Metz, who will be 60 next month, has served 34 years in virtually every aspect of Kodak communications.
 "Dave Metz has made major contributions to the company as a counselor to seven chairmen, as a member of our senior management, and as the architect of our communications platforms," Kay R. Whitmore, chairman, president and chief executive officer said today. "He is widely known and highly respected throughout Kodak for his insight, his creativity, and his professionalism. We will miss what he brought to the table every day for more than three decades."
 Metz joined Kodak in 1959 as a management trainee, moving a year later to Corporate Public Relations where he specialized first in community relations and then in work with the business press.
 He became assistant manager of Investor Relations in 1964 and manager of that unit in 1969, assistant to the President in 1972, assistant director of Corporate Information in 1974, director of Corporate Communications in 1978 and director of Communications and Public Affairs in 1986.
 He was elected an assistant vice-president of the company in 1978, a vice-president in 1980, and a senior vice-president in 1989, when Public Affairs, Marketing Communications, Corporate Communications, and Communications Services were under his management.
 Whitmore said Metz would stay on for the balance of the summer to assist with realignment of his responsibilities.
 Nationally, Metz has served as chairman of The Public Relations Seminar (1989-1990) and as a director of the Association of National Advertisers. He is a member of the Wisemen, the Golden Workshop, and the Public Relations Society of America. During the Reagan-Bush years, he was a member of the public relations advisory committee to the United States Information Agency.
 Public Relations Quarterly named Metz one of the top 50 practitioners in the United States and programs under his direction won Kodak three Silver Anvil awards, the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America, and numerous awards for excellence in financial reporting.
 Active in the Rochester community, Metz serves as chairman of the Greater Rochester Visitors Association and as vice-chairman of the Nazareth College Board of Trustees. He is a member of the executive committee of The Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, which he chaired in 1989-1990, on the advisory board of the Center for Environmental Information, and a director of the Rochester chapter of the Navy League.
 As a Naval officer, he served on aircraft carriers in the Western Pacific from 1957-1959 and continued in the Naval Reserve to retirement with the rank of Captain. In 1978, he was cited for "significant contributions to the national defense" by the Commandant, Third Naval District.
 Metz is a cum laude graduate of the University of Notre Dame and studied also at what is now the Simon School of the University of Rochester.
 He and his wife, Sandra, live in Pittsford. They have two sons, a daughter, and three grandsons.
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 /CONTACT: Paul C. Allen, media relations, Eastman Kodak Company, 716-724-5802/

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