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Wolters Kluwer Nominates Stuart B. James as Supervisory Board Member


Amsterdam (March 16, 2006) - Wolters Kluwer, a leading multinational publisher and information services company, announced today the nomination of Stuart B. James for appointment to its Supervisory Board.

Mr. James will be nominated for appointment as a member of Wolters Kluwer’s Supervisory Board at the company’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 26, 2006, to be held in Amsterdam.

Mr. James (Australian, 1948) is a former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mayne Group Limited, a leading Australian healthcare and global generic injectible pharmaceutical company. Previously, Mr. James was Managing Director of Australian Financial Services, Colonial, and Managing Director of Colonial State Bank (formerly State Bank of New South Wales). Prior to this, he served 25 years in a variety of senior management roles with the Royal Dutch Shell Group both in Australia and internationally. Throughout his career, Mr. James has gained deep experience in general management and operations, as well as extensive know-how in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets. Mr. James received a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Sydney in 1969.

The Supervisory Board vacancy stems from the retirement of Mr. H. de Ruiter. Mr. De Ruiter is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wolters Kluwer. After having served three four-year terms on the Supervisory Board, and in accordance with the rotation schedule, Mr. De Ruiter will step down after the 2006 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. As previously announced, the Supervisory Board has decided to appoint current member of the Supervisory Board, Mr. A. Baan, to the position of Chairman after Mr. De Ruiter retires.

About Wolters Kluwer
Wolters Kluwer is a leading multinational publisher and information services company. The Company’s core markets are health, corporate services, financial services, tax, accounting, legal, regulation, and education. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2005) of €3.4 billion, employs approximately 18,400 people worldwide and maintains operations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its depositary receipts of shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, see


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