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RPM Bolsters Its Corporate Development Team

John F. Kramer Hired as Vice President of Corporate Development

MEDINA, Ohio, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that John F. Kramer has joined the company as vice president -- corporate development. Kramer will work with the corporate team and RPM's operating companies to develop their acquisition growth strategies and will assist in executing these initiatives in support of RPM's overall acquisition program. He will report to Stephen J. Knoop, senior vice president -- corporate development.

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Previously, Kramer was senior corporate counsel with The Sherwin-Williams Company where he was employed for more than 11 years and held a variety of legal positions. During his tenure with that company, he was the primary general corporate legal counsel for its international divisions and managed the legal aspects of its international acquisitions and divestitures. Prior, he was an associate with a Cleveland based law firm doing general corporate and transactional work.

"John's extensive international experience, particularly with acquisitions and divestitures, will serve RPM well as we accelerate our global growth initiatives. We're pleased to add him to our team," said Frank C. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer.

Kramer earned his juris doctor degree in 1990 from The Ohio State University College of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1986. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association and Cleveland Bar Association. Kramer also serves on the board of trustees of Concern for Children, Inc. and is vice president and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Association.

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 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.

CONTACT: P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president, chief
administrative officer, RPM International Inc., 1-330-273-5090,

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