DAVID G. WHALEN NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO OF A.T. CROSS COMPANY

Business Editors 
LINCOLN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1999--A.T. Cross Company
(ASE:ATX) today announced that David G. Whalen will join the Company
as President and Chief Executive Officer. Whalen was most recently
President-North America of Ray-Ban Sun Optics, a division of Luxottica
Group s.p.a. (NYSE:LUX). He will join Cross on November 15. At that
time, Russell A. Boss will assume the position of Chairman of the
Board and Bradford R. Boss will become Chairman Emeritus. Upon his
arrival, Whalen will also join Cross' Board of Directors, and Mr.
Andries van Dam will resign from the board. Mr. van Dam will continue
to provide advice and consultation on the Company's efforts in pen
computing. 
Prior to becoming President-North America of Ray-Ban Sun Optics,
Whalen spent 8 years at Bausch & Lomb, Inc (NYSE:BOL) where he held
various positions, including Corporate Vice President and President of
the North America Eyewear Division. At Bausch & Lomb, Whalen was also
responsible for global marketing and new product development for six
sunglass brands, including the flagship Ray-Ban(R). He spent several
years in Europe with initial responsibility for Bausch & Lomb's U.K.
operations and ultimately as President of the Europe, Middle East and
Africa division. Prior to Bausch & Lomb, Whalen worked at the G.
Heilman Brewing Company, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. and the General
Foods Corporation. 
Retiring CEO, Russell Boss, commented: "Dave's experience in
leading an upscale sunglass business for Bausch and Lomb fits well
with A.T. Cross' present position as a leader in the upper end of the
writing instrument industry. His worldwide experience in sales,
marketing and administration were highly desirable elements in meeting
Cross' search committee requirements." 
Whalen is a graduate of Trinity College and received an MBA from
the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. 
A.T. Cross Company is a major international manufacturer of fine
writing instruments. The Company also manufactures pen computing
products.
 
 
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