Business Objects Names Mark Doll Senior Vice President of Professional Services; Industry Veteran to Lead Professional Services Organization Through Company's Next Phase of Growth


SAN JOSE, Calif. & PARIS--Jan. 3, 2006--Business Objects (Nasdaq:BOBJ) (Euronext Paris ISIN code: FR0004026250 - BOB), the world's leading provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions, today announced that it has appointed Mark Doll to the position of senior vice president, professional services. In this role, Doll will focus on expanding the global professional services organization and developing BI solutions that address organizations' unique vertical market and business challenges. Doll will be based in San Jose, California, reporting to John Schwarz, chief executive officer of Business Objects.

Doll brings to Business Objects over 20 years of experience in consulting and professional services management. Most recently, Doll served as a partner at Ernst & Young where he acted in a number of key leadership roles, including managing partner of the Security and Technology Solutions group. In this position Doll managed a 200 person practice and all security projects, including security assessments, risk management, and regulatory compliance. He also was a leader in the Ernst & Young High Growth Practice, which worked with CEOs, venture capitalists, and management teams to deliver global solutions to organizations that were growing very quickly.

"Mark Doll brings a wealth of experience and expertise in developing high performance consulting organizations. At Business Objects, we are looking forward to having Mark lead our team to transition from product enablement services to business intelligence consultancy," said John Schwarz, chief executive officer at Business Objects. "Our goal is to develop long-term partnerships with our customers that can help them address the pain points unique to their industry, and help them perform better in their respective marketplaces."

"For the past 20 years, I have been dedicated to partnering with customers to help them better manage their organizations, and I'm excited to put that experience to work with Business Objects, the market leader in business intelligence," said Mark Doll, senior vice president, professional services at Business Objects. "Increasingly, customers want to work with a few key technology partners so they can maximize the value of their IT investments. Organizations are already receiving fantastic return on investment from their Business Objects deployments. I'm looking forward to working with the executive team to help customers expand growth by using Business Objects to deliver competitive advantage and faster payback."

About Business Objects

Business Objects is the world's leading business intelligence (BI) software company. With more than 30,000 customers worldwide, including over 80 percent of the Fortune 500, Business Objects helps organizations gain better insight into their business, improve decision making, and optimize enterprise performance. The company's business intelligence platform, BusinessObjects(TM) XI, offers the BI industry's most advanced and complete platform for performance management, planning, reporting, query and analysis, and data integration. BusinessObjects XI includes Crystal Reports(R), the industry standard for enterprise reporting. Business Objects has also built the industry's strongest and most diverse partner community, and the company offers consulting and education services to help customers effectively deploy their business intelligence projects.

Business Objects has dual headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and Paris, France. The company's stock is traded on both the Nasdaq (BOBJ) and Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0004026250 - BOB) stock exchanges. More information about Business Objects can be found at www.businessobjects.com.

Business Objects and the Business Objects logo, BusinessObjects, WebIntelligence, Crystal Reports, and Crystal Xcelsius are trademarks or registered trademarks of Business Objects S.A. or its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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