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DAP CFO Slifstein to Join RPM as Vice President and Controller

MEDINA, Ohio, June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that Barry M. Slifstein will become vice president and controller on July 1.

Slifstein is currently vice president of finance, chief financial officer and treasurer of RPM's DAP Products Inc. operating group, a leading marketer of caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, spackling, glazing, and other general patch and repair products.

"We are delighted to have Barry move into this key position at RPM," said P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief administrative officer. "Barry's background with one of our operating units complements an experienced team of finance and accounting professionals in the corporate office. His exceptional understanding of our overall structure and operating philosophy will make for a smooth transition into our corporate management team."

Slifstein succeeds Robert L. Matejka, RPM's former vice president and controller, who has been a consultant to the company since January.

Prior to joining DAP Inc. in 1999, Slifstein was finance director of Alpharma USPD, Inc., a global specialty pharmaceutical company. From 1995 to 1998, he held a position as finance director at Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of various drugs and medical devices. Previous to that, he served as controller and director of SEC reporting at CPI Aerostructures, Inc., from 1994 to 1995 and Circa Pharmaceuticals, Inc., from 1991 to 1994. He began his career in 1986, holding auditing positions with various firms, including Coopers & Lybrand.

Slifstein holds a bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Albany, and a master's in business administration in accounting from the Baruch College of the City University of New York. Slifstein, his wife Elizabeth, and son Ari will be relocating to Ohio from Owings Mills, MD.

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, 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.

P. Kelly Tompkins
executive vice president and chief administrative officer

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