Robbins-Gioia Moving Financial Services Headquarters to Charlotte

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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 organization.”

“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.

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