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THE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS AND ROBERT HALF INTERNATIONAL HONOR NATIONAL FINANCIAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Peggy Scott of Pan-American Life Insurance Named National Winner

MONTVALE, NJ and MENLO PARK, CA -- The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Robert Half International Inc. (RHI) today announced that Peggy Scott, chief financial officer of New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance, has been selected as the national winner of the 2004 Financial Executive of the Year Award. She was chosen from hundreds of nominations submitted throughout the country for executives demonstrating exceptional achievements in the finance and accounting fields.

During her career, Scott has managed several expansions, turnarounds and complex merger-and-acquisition transactions in the healthcare and insurance industries. A strong believer in community involvement, she has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations. Scott has also received a Reagan Presidential Citation for her work on Louisiana budgetary reform and was named Tulane University’s 2004 Outstanding Accounting Alumnus.

“The Financial Executive of the Year Award program allows us to honor the valuable work being performed by managerial finance and accounting professionals inside organizations worldwide every day,” said Larry White, chair of the IMA. “The IMA is pleased to join RHI in supporting this program and congratulating Peggy Scott for setting a benchmark for excellence in management accounting.”

“Robert Half International is proud to recognize the accomplishments of financial executives throughout the country,” said Paul Gentzkow, president and chief operating officer of Robert Half International. “We congratulate Peggy Scott and all of the 2004 nominees and regional award recipients.”

Peggy Scott was nominated by the Gulf South IMA Council and was selected as the national winner from a group of 23 regional winners. She will be honored during a ceremony today in New Orleans. Scott will also receive a $2,500 scholarship donated to the school of her choice. Regional Financial Executive of the Year Award winners were also selected by each participating IMA council. For a complete list of award recipients, visit http://feya.rhi.com/winners.htm.

With a worldwide network of more than 70,000 professionals, IMA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to empowering managerial finance and accounting professionals to participate within their organizations to create economic value. Through certification, continuing education, thought leadership, networking, and advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices, IMA equips financial management and management accounting professionals to create value and build quality financial practices into their organizations, helping to ultimately rebalance the accountancy profession. For more information about IMA, visit www.imanet.org.

Robert Half International Inc. was founded in 1948 and is the first and largest specialized staffing firm for accounting and finance professionals. Its financial staffing divisions include Accountemps®, Robert Half® Finance & Accounting and Robert Half® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The company has more than 330 offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services on its divisional websites, all of which can be accessed at www.rhi.com.


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