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RPM Promotes Four New Vice Presidents

MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced the promotions of four executives to vice president. Effective immediately, the promotions include:

  • Russell L. Gordon to vice president - corporate planning;
  • Janeen B. Kastner to vice president - corporate benefits and risk management;
  • Randell McShepard to vice president - public affairs;
  • Thomas C. Sullivan, Jr. to vice president - corporate development.

"These promotions recognize the accomplishments and contributions to RPM of each individual in his or her respective area of responsibility, and strengthens our senior management team for our next level of growth," said Frank C. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Gordon was previously director of planning. Prior to joining RPM in 1995, he served in various financial analysis positions with The BFGoodrich Company and began his career with VLSI Technology, Incorporated as an industrial engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Management degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ms. Kastner joined RPM in 1997 as manager of benefits and insurance, and, most recently, RPM's director of human resources and administration. She was previously employed as a benefits consultant with Watson Wyatt & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in math and economics from Denison University and a Master of Science degree in management from Purdue University.

Mr. McShepard has been RPM's director of community affairs since joining the company in 2001. He previously served as executive director of City Year Cleveland, assistant director of administration and program development for the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission and supervisor of training services for Vocational Guidance Services in Cleveland. He holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and communications from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master's degree in urban studies from Cleveland State University.

Mr. Sullivan joined RPM's corporate office in 2003 as director of corporate development, after serving in various sales and management capacities with RPM subsidiaries, from 1987 to 2003, including Republic Powdered Metals, Consolidated Coatings, Tremco, Inc. and ESPAN Pte. Ltd./RPM Asia Pte. Ltd., where he was responsible for opening RPM's first office in the Asian marketplace. Prior to joining RPM in 1987, he was a wholesale marketing representative for Armstrong World Industries. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University of Ohio.

RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco, and Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it- yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, automotive and boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust- Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo, and Testors.

For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, at 330-273-5090 or

SOURCE RPM International Inc.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Mr. Gordon and his wife, Christine, live in Akron, OH. Ms. Kastner and her husband, Bob, live in Strongsville, OH. Mr. McShepard and his wife, Gail, live in Beachwood, OH. He serves on the boards of trustees of Neighborhood Centers Association, Sisters of Charity Foundation and Cleveland Bridge Builders. Mr. Sullivan and his wife, Mary, live in Bay Village, OH. He serves on the board of trustees of the West Side Catholic Center.

CONTACT: P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of RPM International Inc.
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