Waterford Wedgwood plc (Waterford Wedgwood or the Group) Announces Directorate Change

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 25, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) --

                        Waterford Wedgwood plc

                   (Waterford Wedgwood or the Group)

 Waterford Wedgwood announces that Chris McGillivary, Chief Executive
 and President of Waterford Wedgwood USA -- the American arm of the
 Group -- and a Director of the Group, has decided to retire early.

 John Foley, Chief Executive, Waterford Crystal, will add
 responsibility for Waterford Wedgwood USA to his current role.

 Mr. McGillivary was CEO of Waterford Wedgwood USA for 14 years. In
 that time, sales grew by 125%, Waterford Crystal's market share in
 America doubled and profitability was greatly enhanced.

 Perhaps the highlight of McGillivary's tenure was his idea of the
 Waterford Times Square Ball for the millennium and the highly
 successful product collection that he conceived with the millennium
 theme which sold worldwide from 1995 to 2000.

 Redmond O'Donoghue, Group Chief Executive, said: "Chris McGillivary
 played an important role in the dramatic growth of the company during
 his tenure and greatly strengthened, extended and confirmed the
 status of our brands in America. We wish him every possible success
 in his retirement."

                                                      25 June, 2004


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