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Micro Focus Names Jim Riley SVP for North American Operations.

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Micro Focus International plc (Micro Focus(R); LSE:MCRO), a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms, today announces the appointment of Jim Riley as senior vice president of North American operations. In this newly created position, Mr. Riley will be responsible for all go-to-market activities in the critical North American geography to drive sales growth and brand awareness. Mr. Riley will report directly to Micro Focus' new chief operating officer, Mike Shinya, who joined the company on July 24, 2006.

Mr. Riley joins Micro Focus with more than 22 years of experience in IT sales and sales management. He was most recently vice president of sales for McLean, Va. Based Secure Software, Inc, where he was responsible for worldwide field operations. Mr. Riley also spent 11 years at IBM where he held several regional sales management positions, ultimately responsible for more than 190 field personnel. He has also held positions with Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Data General.

"I am very pleased to bring on Jim Riley to handle our go-to-market efforts in North America, which is a critical region for our continued success," said Mike Shinya, chief operating officer, Micro Focus. "His in-depth experience in the software and services sector, especially with industry-leading blue chip organizations makes him a perfect fit for the future growth strategy for Micro Focus."

"I am delighted to be joining the Micro Focus team at this exciting time in the company's evolution," said Mr. Riley. "The fact that Micro Focus has such a prominent presence in the Fortune 100 and a committed executive team to driving sustained growth is a fantastic opportunity for me personally. I look forward to immediately delivering world-class application development and deployment solutions to our North American customers."

Micro Focus - Unlocking the Value of Legacy(TM)

Micro Focus is a leading provider of legacy development and deployment software for enterprise platforms. Micro Focus enables organizations to reduce costs and increase agility with minimal risk by reusing their legacy applications with contemporary architectures and Web services.

Founded in 1976, Micro Focus is a global company with principal offices in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit www.microfocus.com.

Micro Focus is a registered trademark and Unlocking the Value of Legacy is a trademark of Micro Focus.
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