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Rolls–Royce Appoints New Corporate Communications Manager For North America

Karen Vonder Meulen

Crewe - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced that Karen Vonder Meulen will join the company as the new Corporate Communications Manager for North America. She will assume her position at Rolls-Royce in January 2008, replacing Bob Austin, who will retire from the company at the end of 2007.

Vonder Meulen brings more than 15 years of communications and media experience to Rolls-Royce. She joined BMW North America in 1998, where she is presently the Marketing, Events, Sports and Cultural Communications Manager. In this role she has been responsible for media relations and communications strategy for a wide range of projects and initiatives, including the development of the company’s arts and culture program.

In her new position, Vonder Meulen will be responsible for Rolls-Royce corporate communications across the United States, Canada and Mexico. She will be located at the company’s North American headquarters at Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

“We are delighted to welcome Karen to our team at a pivotal moment in the company’s recent history,” commented Graham Biggs, the company’s worldwide Director of Corporate Communications, based at Goodwood. “North America is the largest market in the world for Rolls-Royce and Karen’s communication role will be a vital one as we prepare for the launch of our new products in the coming years.”

Biggs noted that Austin had played an important role during the company’s start up phase. “We owe Bob a debt of gratitude for his hard work over the last five years. His contribution to the success of Rolls-Royce in North America has been significant and his professionalism and experience have been invaluable to us. We wish him a well deserved, long and happy retirement.” Austin explained that he had thoroughly enjoyed his time at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, but was now interested in spending more time with his family and pursuing his own interests. “I have been part of the team that helped to write the next chapter in the history of one the world’s most revered brands. For someone who loves brands, this was a rare privilege. I will miss Rolls-Royce and the great friends I have made here”.

Last year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sold 805 Phantoms world-wide, making it the leader in the super-luxury segment. Deliveries of the new four-seat convertible Phantom Drophead Coupé model have just begun and a new coupé model will join the Phantom line-up next year.

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