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                                                   Hans Blink and Paul ter Linden appointed to the board
                                                   of Athlon Car Lease International B.V.
                                                   Eindhoven, 31 May 2007


                                                   Upon the takeover of Athlon Car Lease International by De Lage Landen, a member of the
                                                   Rabobank Groep, in July 2006, the board of Athlon was instructed to create conditions that will
                                                   enable the leased car activity of De Lage Landen to become the most customer-oriented car lease
                                                   company in Europe. Both De Lage Landen and the board of Athlon Care Lease International are
                                                   of the opinion that this instruction has been fulfilled. In view of the above and in accordance with
                                                   the arrangements made, the Group Board of De Lage Landen and the Board of Athlon Car Lease
                                                   International B.V. have decided that Norbert van den Eijnden (chairman), Jan Slootweg (CFO)
                                                   and Roel Vermaat (responsible for the countries) will stand down with effect from 1 June 2007.
                                                   CEO Karel Schellens: “The group board of De Lage Landen would like to thank the members of
                                                   the board who are standing down for their contribution to the growth of the leased car activity.
                                                   We are very happy that we have been able to agree with Jan Slootweg that he will continue to be
                                                   attached to Athlon for a period of seven months at most in order to guarantee a smooth
                                                   transition and to complete a few projects for us.”


                                                   Hans Blink (chairman) and Paul ter Linden have been appointed to the board of Athlon Car Lease
                                                   International B.V. with effect from 1 June 2007.


                                                   Hans Blink (52), who has been the General Manager of Athlon Car Lease Nederland since 2002,
                                                   has many years of experience in the automotive sector, among other things as (co-) founder and
                                                   general manager of the Hiltermann Groep. After the Hiltermann Groep was sold to Athlon in
                                                   1999, Hans held various senior management positions at Athlon.
                                                   Paul ter Linden (39) has worked at McKinsey & Company since 1992, where he was appointed
                                                   Partner of the Amsterdam office in 2002. He has many years of experience in the area of strategy
                                                   and organisation issues in the financial sector.


                                                   Under the management of the new board of Athlon Car Lease, the car lease activity of De Lage
                                                   Landen Groep enters a new phase. The theme of this phase will be a maximum use of the options
                                                   for synergy with the other activities of De Lage Landen Groep, where new commercial
                                                   opportunities, international expansion and benefits of scale will form the most important
                                                   proceeds. By offering total solutions to its customers, Athlon wants to live up to its ambition of
                                                   becoming the most customer-friendly care lease company in Europe and to achieve a leading
                                                   position in the European car lease market.


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                                                   De Lage Landen, which is part of the Rabobank Groep, is an international provider of high-grade
                                                   financing, vendor finance and commercial finance products. With a network of more than 25
                                                   countries in Europe, North and South America, South-east Asia, Australia and New Zealand the
                                                   company focuses on the following business sectors internationally: Food & Agriculture,




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                                                   Healthcare, Office Equipment, Information Technology, Telecommunications, Materials Handling
                                                   & Construction, Trucks & Trailers, Financial Institutions and Public Finance.


                                                   In the Netherlands, the company offers a broad range of leasing and trade financing products
                                                   and it does so mainly through the local Rabobank offices but also directly. Its range of products
                                                   includes equipment lease, car and company car lease, ICT lease, consumer finance and factoring.

                                                   With effect from 2006, Athlon Car Lease International is a member of De Lage Landen Groep.
                                                   Athlon is an international provider of operating car lease, active in seven European countries.

                                                   With effect from January 2007, De Lage Landen is the competency centre of the Rabobank Groep
                                                   in the area of consumer credit in the Netherlands.

                                                   In 2006, De Lage Landen made a profit of EUR 206 million and its lease portfolio grew to EUR
                                                   18.9 billion.

                                                   For more information, please go to our website: www.delagelanden.com

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                                                   Note to the editor:
                                                   For more information, please contact:
                                                   Lineke Schouwstra, Corporate Communications Director
                                                   Telephone: +31-40 233 90 84, e-mail: l.schouwstra@delagelanden.com




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