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Kline Adding Resources to Houston Market

-- Blaine Finley joins Kline as director, energy and chemicals for the firm’s Houston practice --

LITTLE FALLS, NJ, March 21, 2007

– As part of its continued effort to better serve its energy and chemical industry clients, Kline & Company, a global management consulting and market research firm, today announced the appointment of Blaine Finley as director of energy and chemicals in the Houston market area.

This addition is consistent with Kline’s recent steps to expand the firm’s domestic and global footprint, bringing extra attention to key clients in locations that are essential to their businesses.

“As we continue to grow and support our clients in the region with critical business advice, Blaine’s expertise in business strategies and customer management will be a welcome addition to Kline’s Energy and Chemicals Practices,” says Jonathan Goldhill, Senior Vice President at Kline. Finley will focus on developing new business relationships and servicing Kline’s existing client base in the Houston area.

Finley joins Kline from Royal Dutch Shell, where he was global joint venture manager for Shell Aviation. He has also worked for ExxonMobil and Conoco in their financial and technical organizations. He spent more than a decade as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little and Accenture, focusing on business strategy, performance improvement, acquisitions and divestitures, and customer management for the energy, chemical and related process industries.

Finley received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Rice University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. He is a member of the Southwest Chemical Association, the Houston Strategic Forum, Financial Executives International, the Association for Corporate Growth, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

About Kline & Company
Established in 1959, Kline & Company, Inc. is a global management consulting and market research firm serving the chemicals and materials, consumer products, energy, and life sciences industries. Kline provides clients with practical business solutions derived from a distinctive combination of industry expertise, global reach, strategic consulting, and market research capabilities. To learn more about Kline visit: www.klinegroup.com.

To arrange for an interview contact:
Janice Kriegman, Manager, Marketing Communications at 973-435-3440

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