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RPM International Inc. Elects Two New Senior Vice Presidents

MEDINA, Ohio, Oct 11, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that its Board of Directors elected Ronald A. Rice and P. Kelly Tompkins as senior vice presidents of the corporation.

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Mr. Rice was elected senior vice president-administration and will continue to serve as assistant secretary. In this new capacity, he will have oversight for RPM's annual planning process and operating performance. Additionally, he will maintain his responsibilities for a wide array of RPM's administrative and human resource functions.

He had been RPM's vice president-administration since October 2001 and assistant secretary since August 1999. Previously, he was vice president-risk management and benefits. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Rice was director of risk management and employee benefits, and served as director of benefits from 1995 to 1997. Before joining RPM, he held various positions with The Wyatt Company, most recently as a senior account manager. A resident of Hudson, Ohio, Mr. Rice graduated from Miami (Ohio) University with bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in mathematics, statistics and systems analysis.

Mr. Tompkins was elected senior vice president and will continue in his positions as RPM's general counsel and secretary. This promotion recognizes Mr. Tompkins' past contributions to RPM and growing responsibilities and oversight in a number of corporate management and external communication areas. He will also continue to manage the firm's internal legal resources and external law firms serving RPM around the world.

Mr. Tompkins had been the firm's vice president, general counsel and secretary since June 1998. Prior to joining RPM in 1996 as assistant general counsel, he held various positions with Reliance Electric Company, including senior corporate counsel, director of corporate development, director of investor relations and product marketing manager. He was a litigation attorney with Exxon Corporation from 1985 to 1987. He began his career as a corporate attorney with Reliance Electric in 1981. A resident of Westlake, Ohio, Mr. Tompkins received his undergraduate degree from Mercyhurst College and his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School.

RPM is a world leader in specialty coatings serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, floor coatings and specialty chemicals. Its consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home, automotive and boat maintenance and by hobbyists. Leading industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

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