MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc.
(NYSE: RPM) today announced that its board of directors has elected Frank C.
Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, to chairman and chief
executive officer, succeeding chairman Thomas C. Sullivan, who retired after
37 years in that post, but will remain on the company's board of directors as
chairman emeritus. Ronald A. Rice, executive vice president and chief
operating officer, was elected president and chief operating officer,
succeeding Frank Sullivan as president. The transition is effective at the
conclusion of the company's annual meeting of shareholders today.
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Frank Sullivan has served as RPM's president and chief executive officer
since 2002. He joined RPM in 1987 as regional sales manager for an RPM joint
venture after serving in various commercial lending and corporate finance
positions at Harris Bank and First Union Bank, both in Chicago. At the time
he joined RPM, the company's sales were approximately $300 million. Sullivan
became director of corporate development in 1989 and was elected vice
president in 1991. He became chief financial officer in 1993 and was elected
executive vice president in 1995, president in 1999 and chief operating
officer in 2001. Sullivan serves on the boards of The Timken Company, The
Cleveland Foundation, the National Paint and Coatings Association, the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Greater Cleveland Partnership, the Ohio
Business Roundtable and the Army War College Foundation. He is a 1983
graduate of the University of North Carolina, which he attended as a Morehead
Rice has been RPM's executive vice president and chief operating officer
since 2006 and also serves as the company's assistant secretary. He joined
RPM as director of benefits in 1995 following 10 years in various consulting
positions with The Wyatt Company. He was elected vice president in 1999 and
senior vice president in 2002. A member of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Children's Hospital Leadership Board and the Partnership Committee of the
Cuyahoga County Invest in Children initiative, he is a 1985 graduate of Miami
(Ohio) University. "Through this promotion, the board has recognized the
prominent leadership role Ron has played in driving RPM's success and rapid
growth over the past several years," stated Frank Sullivan.
Thomas Sullivan joined RPM in 1961 as a divisional sales manager following
graduation from Miami (Ohio) University. He was elected vice president in
1967 and executive vice president in 1969. Elected chairman in 1971, he also
served as president from 1970 to 1978 and as chief executive officer from 1971
to 2002. He is a director of Kaydon Corporation.
"During his tenure as chairman, Tom cemented our entrepreneurial operating
philosophy, the centerpiece of RPM's strategy, and established a culture of
growth that continues to drive our planning and performance. Under his
leadership, RPM's sales grew from $11 million to $3.6 billion. A $5,000
investment in RPM stock at the time he became chairman would be worth nearly
$1 million today (with dividends reinvested) and would yield nearly $30,000 in
annual cash dividends. RPM shareholders, management and employees are truly
indebted to Tom Sullivan for his nearly four decades of vision and
leadership," stated Frank Sullivan.
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