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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROBERT BUCKLIN PROMOTED TO VICE CHAIRMAN FOR RABOBANK INTERNATIONAL ­ NORTH AMERICA WHOLESALE NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2010) ­ Rabobank recently announced that Robert (Bob) Bucklin has been promoted to Vice Chairman of Rabobank International ­ North America Wholesale. "Bob's strong leadership and industry expertise have been instrumental in Rabobank's ability to build a robust food and agribusiness (F&A) franchise and a leading market position in North America," said Chief Executive Officer of Rabobank International ­ North America Wholesale Ruurd Weulen Kranenberg. "Over the past 17 years, he has led the significant growth of our regional business and client relationships, and helped to establish f Rabobank as the premier F&A bank in North America. His well-deserved promotion reflects his achievements and the tremendous value of his contribution to our franchise." As Vice Chairman, Bucklin will retain his current responsibilities including: U.S. and Canadian Wholesale Clients, Corporate Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory. In addition he will assume responsibility for Rabobank Mexico as well as Corporate Communications. "As the head of our core F&A banking business, Bob brings an expert perspective that is very important to the strategic direction of our organization both now and in the years to come. His experience and knowledge will be assets in his new role, helping to ensure that our activities, growth and ambitions are fully aligned with our core F&A proposition, industry positioning, and clients' best interests," said Rabobank International Director of Wholesale Clients International Lex Kloosterman.. Additionally, as a member of the global Management Team for Wholesale Clients International, "Bob will further strengthen the role of our North American F&A franchise as an integral part of our global business line," said Kloosterman About Robert Bucklin Robert Bucklin is the Vice Chairman for Rabobank International ­ North America Wholesale. He joined Rabobank in 1993 as Senior Vice President and Manager of the Dallas office. During his nearly 20 years with Rabobank, he has been a leader in the organization's growth. Today, he is responsible for Corporate Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory, and Corporate Communications.

Bucklin has more than 30 years banking experience. He began his banking career in 1974 with First Chicago. During his 15-year tenure there, he managed operations within the utilities, energy project finance, and petroleum divisions and then was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer for the bank's subsidiary in Canada. In 1989, First City Texas Bank Group selected Mr. Bucklin to serve as Senior Representative in California and President and Chief Operating Officer for a Sino-U.S. joint venture between First City and the Bank of China. In 1991, he became President and Chief Operating Officer for First City-Dallas. Bucklin holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, he was awarded the Bronze Tablet, the highest academic award at the University. He also played varsity football and was twice named to the Academic All-American NCAA Football Squad. He then went on to earn a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Note to editors: Photo is available upon request. CONTACT: Heather McElrath (212) 309-5181 [email protected] ### Rabobank (www.rabobank.com) is a full range global financial services leader providing institutional and retail banking, agricultural and real estate financing, leasing, and asset and investment management services in over 48 countries worldwide. From its centuryold roots as a Dutch farmers' cooperative, Rabobank has grown into one of the 25 largest banks in the world based on Tier I capital. Rabobank is the premier bank to the global food and agriculture industry, providing specialized products and unparalleled agricultural expertise to clients operating across the entire value chain. Since 1981, Rabobank has held triple A credit ratings from Standard & Poor's (AAA) and Moody's Investors Service (Aaa), and is recognized as one of the safest banks in the world.

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