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Visio Corp. Elects Microsoft's Bob McDowell as Eighth Member of Board of Directors

Architect of Microsoft's Corporate Consulting Business Reinforces Visio's Large Organization Strategy

SEATTLE, May 4 /PRNewswire/ — Visio Corp. (Nasdaq: VSIO) today announced that Bob McDowell, vice president, Enterprise Business Relationships at Microsoft Corp., was unanimously elected to Visio's board of directors on April 23. McDowell has over 30 years' experience in the information technology industry and is responsible for maintaining the executive business relationships with many of Microsoft's largest and most strategic customers.

"It's apparent that Visio's coming growth lies with large organization purchases," said Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio. "Bob has played a front-line role in shifting Microsoft's business from a 'box' focus to a large organization focus. Clearly, his industry experience can help us to better navigate these corporate waters."

After joining Microsoft in 1990, McDowell established the Microsoft corporate consulting business and built it into an organization with more than 1,200 people located in over 40 countries around the world. In 1995, he became vice president of the Enterprise Customer Unit and was responsible for developing the strategies for selling and marketing Microsoft's technology and services to the firm's largest corporate customers. Before Microsoft, McDowell spent seven years as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP, where he founded and managed the strategic business systems practice. He also served seven years as an information systems manager in the financial services industry and eight years working with information technology in the U.S. Department of Defense.

"I'm eager to start work as part of the Visio team building the firm into a billion-dollar company," McDowell said. "Visio's products are uniquely positioned to address large organizations' need for drawing tools that operate and integrate seamlessly with the Microsoft desktop."

McDowell joins seven other Visio board members including Tom Alberg, Madrona Investment Group LLC; Tom Byers, Stanford University; Jeremy Jaech, Visio; Ted Johnson, Visio; John Johnston, Technology Venture Investors; Doug Mackenzie, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; and Scott Oki, Oki Foundation.

About Visio Corp.

Visio Corp. is the leading supplier of enterprisewide business diagramming and technical drawing software, with an installed base of over 3 million users worldwide. Founded in September 1990, the Seattle-based company pioneered the drawing and diagramming software market with the release of Visio® 1.0 in November 1992 and has since released additional Microsoft Windows-based graphics applications that offer users a unique and effective way to communicate and work. Visio's powerful product line is becoming a worldwide standard for graphical solutions in business, with the support of partner programs and third-party relationships in key market segments. Visio products are available in as many as 12 languages and are sold in more than 45 countries.

For more information about Visio Corp. and its products, customers can contact Visio at 800-24-VISIO (248-4746), ext. 93W, or visit the company's Web site at

NOTE: Visio is a registered trademark of Visio Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks, trade names or company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective owners.