Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Robbins-Gioia Moving Financial Services Headquarters to Charlotte

Robbins-Gioia, Inc. (R-G), a leading provider of management consulting
services, announced today that its financial services consulting group
will make its headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, R-G
supported the banking sector throughout its various locations
nationwide. The company plans to support its new and existing client
relationships in the banking and financial services sectors from its
201 South Tryon Street offices.

The decision to centralize in Charlotte enables R-G to implement a
strategic decision to grow its financial services consulting expertise
with experienced banking professionals from the mid-Atlantic and
Southeast banking community who have been displaced by the economic
downturn. "We look forward to being a growing part of, and a
contributor to, Charlotte's vibrant civic and business community,"
said John Marselle, Robbins-Gioia CEO.

Robbins-Gioia also announced that Robert D. Piontek, executive vice
president of R-G's Financial Services Group, will lead the Charlotte-
based practice. Piontek has spent 30 years inCharlotte with two of the
city's premier financial services firms: the Wachovia Corporation
(formerly First Union) where he was senior vice president and managing
director/treasurer of the bank's corporate investment bank; and KPMG/
BearingPoint Consulting, where he was partner and managing director in
the financial services consulting group. "We are delighted to have
someone of Bob's stature in the banking community leading our
financial services group in Charlotte," said Woody Mewborn, president
of Robbins-Gioia's Commercial Group. "His extensive knowledge of the
industry he serves combined with his dedication to his clients and the
community in Charlotte make him ideally suited for our consulting

"This is a perfect time to rethink the traditional consulting model in
banking, where the success of our banks is so crucial to the success
of the communities they serve," said Piontek. "We believe that by
breaking away from the traditional "long distance" classically trained
consulting model and deploying experienced and regionally based
banking professionals from all disciplines, we can deliver a more
immediate and cost-effective impact to many of the challenges facing
our banks in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. It is especially
meaningful to be asked to spearhead an approach to consulting that can
have such far-reaching civic and business value from a town that's
been home to my career and my family for the past 30 years."

About Robbins-Gioia, Inc.—an Informa business
Robbins-Gioia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Informa PLC, London, UK,
since 2004, has been dedicated to delivering management consulting
solutions to government agencies and Fortune 500 companies for 30
years. Robbins-Gioia combines defined methods, innovative practices,
industry expertise, and integrated tools to help global customers
optimize their business processes, accelerate change, and establish
time, cost, and quality improvements to transform their businesses.
For more information, please call Robbins-Gioia, LLC at 800-663-7138,
Bob Piontek at 704-714-6382, or visit the website at www.robbinsgioia.com

About Informa PLC (LSE:INF)
Informa PLC is the leading international provider of specialist
information and services for the academic and scientific, professional
and commercial business communities. Informa has more than 150 offices
in more than 43 countries and employs 8,500 staff around the world.
Notably, R-G's publishing affiliates Datamonitor, the International
Centre for Business Information, and Informa Finance provide highly
valued industry research, news, and analysis of emerging trends and
technologies and regulatory and compliance issues affecting the United
States, United Kingdom, and international finance markets, from tax
and accounting to pensions and from banking technology to combating
fraud and money laundering.