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SSA Global Announces Appointment of GM for NZ

SSA Global Announces Appointment of General Manager for New Zealand

February 18, 2004 - SSA GlobalT, a leading provider of extended enterprise solutions and services, has announced the appointment of Graeme Riley to the role of General Manager of the New Zealand operation.

Riley, with over three decades of senior management experience in software and the IT sector, joins SSA Global from GEAC Computer Corporation, where he was for over fourteen years - most recently as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. Over the past six months, Riley has worked on a contract basis with companies including SSA Global, assisting the Asia/Pacific/Japan organisation with specific strategic initiatives.

Having commenced his career in New Zealand, Mr. Riley has a strong knowledge of the specific requirements of the local market place and is excited to be returning to New Zealand after a lengthy absence.

"The appointment of Graeme Riley as General Manager for the New Zealand business emphasises SSA Global's ongoing commitment and our intention to grow the New Zealand marketplace, by providing local customers with continued expertise and a wide option of solutions from our extensive product offering," said Jeremy Goddard, General Manager Pacific at SSA Global.

Riley added: "It's both an honour and a challenge to join SSA Global, a company that has taken a leadership position in the global market by doubling in size this past year. Global presence with local execution is a hallmark of SSA Global operations and in my new role, I look forward to growing the New Zealand business by offering solutions that scale to the requirements of local SSA Global customers."

Graeme Riley will be reporting to Jeremy Goddard, General Manager Pacific at SSA Global.

Notes to editors

Graeme Riley is General Manager New Zealand at SSA Global, and has over 30 years of experience in IT management. He began his career at Computer Consultants where he was the Operations Manager providing national Mitsubishi dealer networks with IT solutions. From there he established his own successful computer bureau company called Valley Computers which initiated many firsts such as transaction based pricing and direct debit charging. His successes at Valley Computers lead Riley to GEAC Computer Corporation as Managing Director, Asia/Pacific where he managed the regional business units, steered strategic direction, increased operational efficiencies and grew regional markets via acquisitions and strategic partner alliances. Over the past six months, Riley has lent his extensive experience to consulting for various organisations including SSA Global on initiatives such as acquisition due diligence, regional business reviews and AGM corporate coaching for senior stakeholders.

About SSA Global

SSA GlobalT is a leading provider of extended enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for manufacturing, services, and public organizations worldwide. In addition to core ERP applications, SSA Global offers a full range of integrated extended solutions including corporate performance management, customer relationship management, product lifecycle management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Headquartered in Chicago, SSA Global has 121 worldwide offices, and its product offerings are used by approximately 16,000 customers that represent market-leading companies in over 90 countries. For additional information, visit the SSA Global web site at

SSA GlobalT is the new corporate brand for product lines and subsidiaries of SSA Global Technologies, Inc.

SSA Global, SSA Global Technologies and SSA GT are trademarks of SSA Global Technologies, Inc. Other products mentioned in this document are registered, trademarked or service marked by their respective owners.

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Forward Looking Statements

These materials may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including without limitation statements to the effect that SSA Global or its management "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "plans", "looks forward" and similar expressions) should be considered forward-looking statements. Any "forward-looking statements" in these materials are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated. Many important factors could cause SSA Global's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of SSA Global, including, without limitation, the size and timing of license transactions, the effect of economic conditions on the spending patterns of SSA Global's customers, the impact of competitive products and services, the effect of fluctuations in the economy and local currency, the ability of SSA Global to accurately forecast revenue, the ability to maintain adequate cash flow, the ability to maintain a satisfactory credit facility, the relationship between SSA Global and its affiliates and suppliers, the ability to manage costs and expenses, the availability of qualified resources, the ability to develop and enhance products, and other unknown risks including those as may be detailed in other SSA Global filings, reports and releases. SSA Global undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or otherwise.

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