Nordea replaces Nordbanken, Merita, Unibank and Christiania Bank as the name for retail banking operations

Nordea replaces Nordbanken, Merita, Unibank and Christiania Bank as the name for retail banking operations From Monday all the retail banks in Nordea will adopt the new name Nordea. Nordea, short for Nordic Ideas, will replace the previous names Unibank, Nordbanken, Merita and Christiania Bank in a joint renaming operation. "This is a further step in the integration of Nordea. Our commitment is to make all best practices from each country available to customers in all the Nordic countries. Step by step we will develop better products and services," says Thorleif Krarup, Group CEO of Nordea. At noon on Monday Nordea bank branches will start uncovering the new signage. The process of equipping every branch with new signage will be completed in the coming three months. In each country, special activities will help customers get accustomed to the new name of their local bank. The retail banks in the four Nordic countries change their legal names to Nordea Bank Sweden AB (publ), Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Nordea Bank Danmark A/S and Nordea Bank Norge ASA, respectively. Nordea is already used in Corporate and Institutional Banking, Investment Banking and Asset Management and for services outside the Nordic countries. "Nordea means sharing and exchanging Nordic ideas. A common name will help us do that and it signals our determination to build the Nordea brand into a valuable asset for the Group and to deliver synergies across borders to create value for our customers and shareholders," says Thorleif Krarup. "The name change reinforces the process of step by step implementation of joint products, services and processes. As the leading Nordic financial services group, Nordea aims to offer our customers Nordic best practice applied locally," says Lars G Nordström, Head of Retail Banking. "During the merger processes we have stated that the Group would adopt a new name and a branding strategy to best support the business. A year ago Nordea was presented as the new name of the Group and we said that it would be applied by all entities when it was commercially sound to do so. Today's renaming is a response to faster-than-expected Group integration and customer awareness of the Nordea name," says Lars G Nordström. For further information: Lars G Nordström, Head of Retail Banking Nordea, +46 8 614 78 07 Torben Laustsen, Head of Group Identity and Communications, + 46 8 614 79 16 Erik Evrén, Head of Group Media Relations, +46 8 614 86 11 Click here to download the Nordea logo. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/12/02/20011130BIT00900/bit0001.doc http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2001/12/02/20011130BIT00900/bit0002.pdf

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