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OPTICAL DATA NAMES PATRICK DONAGHY AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 WARREN, N.J., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Optical Data Corporation announced today that Patrick Donaghy has been named the company's chief executive officer. Mr. Donaghy, who also serves as the educational publishing company's president, assumes responsibility for all management functions.
 The position of chief executive officer was formerly held by William Clark, a founder of Optical Data and chairman of the company's board of directors. Mr. Clark will remain as chairman and devote his efforts to developing new markets and new business opportunities for Optical Data.
 Mr. Donaghy, formerly executive vice president of Simon & Schuster, joined Optical Data as president and chief operating officer on Nov. 1, 1992.
 "Pat's promotion to chief executive officer completes a planned transition of management responsibilities," said Mr. Clark. "Pat has demonstrated the ability to build hugely successful educational publishing enterprises. Optical Data's growth strategy requires someone of his experience and track record leading the charge."
 "Optical Data is on the threshold of an exciting new period," said Mr. Donaghy. "I'm looking forward to helping guide the company as it expands its publishing activities with new products and new technology."
 Founded in 1982, Optical Data pioneered the use of videodiscs in the classroom. In 1990, the company made publishing history when its innovative videodisc-based science program, "Windows on Science," became the first electronic instructional media system selected to compete in a state textbook adoption.
 Optical Data is the nation's leading developer of videodiscs for education. It publishes videodisc-based science education programs and distributes a videodisc math series developed by Vanderbilt University. The company also distributes health and social studies videodiscs from ABC News InterActive, as well as videodisc and CD-ROM programs from the National Geographic Society.
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 /CONTACT: Sherry Greenshields of Optical Data Corporation, 908-668-0022, ext. 3023, or 800-248-8478/


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