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RPM Announces Two Additions to the Corporate Office

Thomas C. Sullivan, Jr. Named Director of Corporate Development

Michelle Proia Named Associate General Counsel

MEDINA, Ohio, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today the addition of two new members of the corporate office. Effective immediately, Thomas C. Sullivan, Jr. becomes director of corporate development and Michelle Proia joins the company as its associate general counsel.

Sullivan, 39, will assist the company in implementing its acquisition program. He will report to Stephen J. Knoop, vice president of corporate development. He has held positions of increasing responsibility during the 16 years he has been with RPM. Most recently, he oversaw the corporate development activities of the company's Tremco business. Prior to joining Tremco in 1998 as head of its Asia-Pacific activities, Sullivan was based for three years in Singapore, where he directed RPM's emerging Asian efforts through ESPAN and RPM Asia-Pacific. He began his career with the company in 1987 as a regional sales manager for the Republic Powdered Metals business.

Sullivan received a bachelor's degree from Miami University in 1986 and earned his master's degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland in 1994. He and his wife, Mary, reside in Bay Village with their three daughters. Sullivan is on the board of directors for West Side Catholic Center.

Proia, 32, will assist the company with the management of its legal affairs, as well as with risk management and environmental, health and safety matters. She will report to P. Kelly Tompkins, RPM's senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Proia comes to RPM from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, one of the country's largest integrated steel manufacturers, where she handled a wide range of general corporate, commercial, intellectual property and litigation matters. A native of Rochester, New York, Proia graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia bars. Before joining Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Proia was engaged in private practice of law in Pittsburgh. RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings serving both industrial and consumer markets. Industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home, automotive and boat maintenance and by hobbyists. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

SOURCE  RPM International Inc.
CONTACT:  Glenn R. Hasman, Vice President Finance and Communications of RPM, 330-273-8820/

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