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BMO Global Asset Management Adds New Director of National Accounts and Retirement Services Relationship Manager to Expand Team

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- BMO Global Asset Management today announced the appointment of Bret Solnoki to Director of National Accounts, Intermediary Distribution, and Melody Rute to Relationship Manager, BMO Retirement Services.

As head of BMO's Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) distribution efforts, a new position at BMO, Solnoki is responsible for raising awareness of BMO Global Asset Management's mutual funds and separately managed account strategies among financial intermediaries. He reports directly to Mike Robinson, Head of Intermediary Distribution, BMO Global Asset Management.

Prior to joining BMO, Solnoki held similar positions at JP Morgan Asset Management, JHS Capital Advisors, Inc. and Seligman Investment Advisors, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Fairfield University, and holds the CIMC and CIMA designations.

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Rute joins BMO Retirement Services as a Relationship Manager, based out of the Madison, Wis., office. Most recently she served as the Manager of Retirement Plan Services for SVA Plumb Financial. Rute earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She reports directly to Kurt Mueller, Relationship Manager at BMO Retirement Services.

"As two of our newest team members, Bret and Melody will build upon BMO's longstanding client-centric culture and extensive efforts to support financial intermediaries," said Phil Enochs, Managing Director and Head of Relationship Management at BMO Global Asset Management.

Enochs noted that BMO Global Asset Management continues to seek experienced professionals to augment its Asset Management and Retirement Services teams.

For more information, please visit http://www.bmo.com/gamus and http://www.bmoretirementservices.com.

About BMO Retirement Services
BMO Retirement Services is an integral part of Global Asset Management and a premiere, award-winning provider of retirement, trust and custody services.

BMO Global Asset Management provides holistic, solution-driven services to our institutional and high-net-worth clients and the BMO family of mutual funds. With a nearly 40-year legacy of fiduciary service -- and goal of promoting retirement readiness to our more than 500,000 participants in over 1,500 retirement plans -- our clients include retirement plans, Taft-Hartley funds, government and public funds, not-for-profit organizations and family offices. BMO Global Asset Management's commitment to service excellence has led us to be recognized by Pension & Investments as one of the Top 100 largest asset managers.

We are a part of BMO Financial Group (NYSE: BMO), a fully diversified financial services firm with $525 billion total assets and more than 46,000 employees as of October 31, 2012.

BMO Retirement Services is a part of BMO Global Asset Management and a division of the BMO Harris Bank N.A., offering products and services through various affiliates of BMO Financial Group.

BMO Global Asset Management is the brand name for various affiliated entities of BMO Financial Group that provide trust, custody, securities lending, investment management, and retirement plan services. Certain of the products and services offered under the brand name BMO Global Asset Management are designed specifically for various categories of investors in a number of different countries and regions. Products and services are only offered to such investors in those countries and regions in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. BMO Financial Group is a service mark of Bank of Montreal (BMO).

Investment products are: NOT FDIC INSURED -- NO BANK GUARANTEE -- MAY LOSE VALUE

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