Neuberger Berman Sends Open Letter To Nuance Communications Board And Incoming CEO Mark Benjamin

REITERATES CALL FOR BOARD AND GOVERNANCE CHANGES SUPPORTED BY A DECISIVE SHAREHOLDER VOTE

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NEW YORK, March 27, 2018

NEW YORK, March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Neuberger Berman is a long-term shareholder of Nuance Communications, Inc., and has owned the shares, on behalf of its clients, for over five years.

Neuberger Berman, founded in 1939, is a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for institutions and advisors worldwide. With offices in 18 countries, Neuberger Berman's team is more than 2,100 professionals. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. For more information, please visit our website at  www.nb.com . (PRNewsFoto/Neuberger Berman Group LLC)

We are encouraged by the naming of an outsider as the new CEO, and hope that Mark Benjamin can demonstrate the strategic thinking and commitment to shareholder value creation Nuance needs. An outsider's perspective may bring fresh views that could help unlock the potential of Nuance's talented employees and world class technology.

We believe this is a pivotal moment for Nuance's Board to adopt the Board and governance changes that were overwhelmingly supported by shareholders at the last annual meeting.

Since the Board has not addressed the results of the annual meeting, and we have not yet had the opportunity to meet with the incoming CEO, we are sharing our views in the form of a public letter, which follows:

March 27, 2018

Mark Benjamin, Incoming CEO, and
Members of the Board of Directors
Nuance Communications, Inc.

Dear Mark and Board Members:

As a committed long term shareholder, we congratulate Mark on his new role and look forward to working with him in the near future.

Leading Nuance will be an exceptional opportunity. Mark will be inheriting a company with innovative technologies and leading positions in many fast growing markets. Nevertheless, there are many challenges stemming from expensive acquisitions, strategic missteps, and lack of accountability, which resulted in a lost decade of shareholder returns.

We believe that Nuance's poor performance was in large part attributable to a Board of Directors that deferred to a strong-willed CEO, whose excessive compensation failed to reflect the lack of value created for the company's owners.  Enhancing shareholder value and rebuilding investor trust at Nuance will require sound corporate strategy, financial discipline, and long-overdue changes to its corporate governance.

At the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on February 28, 2018, Nuance shareholders spoke unequivocally:

By acting swiftly and decisively, both Mark and the Board can demonstrate their commitment to a new era of improved governance and accountability at Nuance. Neuberger Berman believes the Board should:

Implementing those changes, which were all overwhelmingly supported by Nuance shareholders, will be a true testament to Mark's and the Board's commitment to delivering shareholder value and instilling a new culture of accountability at Nuance.

We wish Mark success in his new role and invite him to meet with us and other shareholders at his earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Amit Solomon
Portfolio Manager
Intrinsic Value Strategies

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