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Global Lubricant Industry Expert Geeta Agashe
Promoted to Vice President at Kline

-- Research and Consulting Firm Continues Expansion of Petroleum & Energy Practice --
LITTLE FALLS, NJ, January 17, 2008 – Worldwide consulting and research firm Kline & Company today announced the promotion of international lubricant and specialty products and markets expert Geeta Agashe to Vice President, Petroleum & Energy. The move recognizes Agashe’s work to expand Kline’s Petroleum & Energy research practice on a global scale to serve the needs of its international clients.

The addition of Agashe to the executive team underscores Kline’s overall commitment to serving the strategic planning needs of its international clients and complements the firm’s recent expansion of its Petroleum & Energy practice in both Houston and Dubai. In her role as vice president, Agashe will collaborate with other experts in Kline’s energy consulting practice to provide actionable market analysis, particularly to support clients’ international expansion plans.

“Geeta’s keen insights, dedication to our clients, and global perspective have been instrumental in the significant growth of our petroleum market research practice since she took its helm in 2001. She has done an outstanding job in expanding the practice with new services that provide our lubricant and specialty petroleum clients with valuable market insight and opportunity assessments,” says, James M. Weatherall, Kline senior vice president. “Her expertise is highly respected in the industry, and Kline is pleased to have her as part of our senior management team.”

A leading petroleum industry analyst and highly sought-after speaker, Agashe has delivered research papers worldwide, most recently presenting at Lubricants Russia 2007 in Moscow. Agashe next will be co-chairing the 12th ICIS World Base Oils & Lubricants Conference in London February 21-22. She is a frequent contributor and expert commentator for industry publications around the world.

Agashe has been with Kline since 1996. Prior to her tenure with Kline, she held positions with KPMG’s Management Consulting Division and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in their Lubricants Marketing Division. Agashe’s expertise includes strategy/market development, technology and economic feasibility analysis, mergers and acquisitions and other analyses in the global basestocks, finished lubricants, and other related petroleum specialty markets.

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