Zuendt has joined the board of Be Inc., developer of the BeOS operating system for digital appliances and media applications.

Mr. Zuendt joined Wells Fargo in 1973 in computer operations and retired as chief operating officer in 1997, in the wake of profitability problems associated with the merger of First Interstate Bancorp. Well connected in the California technology community, Mr. Zuendt is also a director of Advent Software Inc. and 3Com Corp. He was a director of Digicash Inc. prior to its recent bankruptcy proceedings.

BeOS chairman and chief executive officer Jean-Louis Gassee, an Apple Computer Inc. executive before founding Be in 1990, said he has "personally worked with Bill over the years" and admires "his keen insights and remarkably quick understanding of the complex and dynamic issues facing our industry."

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