Renaming of RHJ International to BHF Kleinwort Benson Group

Appointment of Directors

Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RHJ International (the "Company" or "RHJI") hosted today its Extraordinary Shareholder's Meeting (the "ESM").

RHJI informs that the ESM approved the following resolutions:

1- Change of the Company's name from RHJ International to BHF Kleinwort Benson Group
The new name illustrates the group's activities as a provider of financial services. The components of the new name reflect the names under which the Company's principal operating subsidiaries conduct business. The change of name will be effective on 24 March 2015.

2- Appointments to the Company's Board of Directors

The ESM approved the appointment of each of Dr Johannes Fritz, Mr Gerd Häusler, Prof Dr Anne van Aaken and Mr Patrick Lei Zhong as director with effect as of today and until immediately after the Annual Shareholders' Meeting which shall be invited to approve the non-consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2016.

Dr Matthias Döpfner, Mr Peter Foy and Mr Lucio A. Noto have resigned from the Board of Directors as of today.

The Board of Directors shall be composed as follows:

Leonhard Fischer Executive Director
Dr Johannes Fritz Non-executive Director
Mr Gerd Häusler Non-executive Director, Independent Director
Prof Dr Anne van Aaken Non-executive Director, Independent Director
Konstantin Graf von Schweinitz Non-executive Director, Independent Director
Mr Patrick Lei Zhong  Non-executive Director

3- Appointments as Independent Director comply with Belgian companies code
The ESM approved that each of Mr Gerd Häusler and Prof Dr Anne van Aaken complies with the criteria of independance as provided for in Article 526ter of the Belgian companies Code.

CEO Leonhard Fischer said:

"Our new name, BHF Kleinwort Benson, cements our focus on financial services and brings together two strong brands in their respective markets. I am pleased that shareholders' are supporting us in our long-term focus on Private Banking, Asset Management and Merchant Banking. Since the acquisition of BHF-BANK, we have taken decisive steps to simplify the group legal structure, and we continue to make further progress towards completing the process this year. Our new directors bring a wealth of experience and complementary skills as well as the right balance of independent directors to further enhance the effectiveness of our Board".

Full details and votes for each resolution and the minutes of the meeting will be available on our corporate website at

For further information, please contact:

Katia Levy-Thevenon
Director of Investor Relations and Communications
RHJ International
Phone: +32 2 643 6013

About RHJ International:

RHJ International (Euronext: RHJI), to be renamed BHF Kleinwort Benson Group effective 24 March 2015, is a limited liability company incorporated under the laws of Belgium, having its registered office at Avenue Louise 326, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. RHJ International is a financial services group with principal activities in wealth management, asset management and merchant banking. For further information visit:

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